The temperature hasn't begun to hint that fall is around the corner, but our libraries are planning a large slate of varied fall programs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the La Retama Library.

The kick-off event will be Sunday, October 4 at 3 pm. at La Retama Central Library. Guest of Honor will be Laura Bush. I was fortunate to be working in the Career Center at Central when she came on February 14, 1997 to celebrate the completion of establishing a linked library catalogue system to our area school districts.

She was a delight to hear and a gracious lady to have the pleasure of meeting. I'm looking forward to hearing her again on this occasion.

The different libraries are having authors to visit, films and discussions, nature topics for adults and children, among other events. Be sure to visit our library web site to see the details at

Miss Jean and I are planning children and adult programs from September through November. Jean is planning another series of birding programs for children, and of course parents are welcome too. No one is going to turn away any adult that might like to join in too. Dates will be announced for this series and for her Sign Language Classes.

Elizabeth Buckley, a licensed professional counselor will have a Communication Class: Effective Expression on Aug. 31 at 6:30 pm. This will include learning clear communication techniques, active listening responses, learning to make requests and how to interact with other group members. On Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m., she will have a class on Building Your Self Esteem.

We are very fortunate to have a professional bird and butterfly photographer give a free Beginner's Class on Nature Photography for children up to and including high school. Clay Taylor works for Swarovski Optik N.A. as their Naturalist Market Manager and travels to bird festivals across the country, showing how to do nature photography.

Clay and his family moved to the Northwest area earlier this year and have become active library users. Due to his busy fall week-end schedules, we will have the class Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

As part of the class, those attending are asked to bring a digital camera or cell phone camera. We will have a nature photo contest in conjunction with the class. Those participating will have two weeks to take nature photos and create a booklet of their best pictures and email them to Clay Taylor for judging. Staff from the Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest will also take part in the judging.

The contestants will be asked to bring their booklet to exhibit during the Reception for the 5th Annual Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Exhibit Reception on Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. Ribbons will be awarded to the youth photographers.

Our long awaited exhibit for the Columbian Mammoth Leg and the Ice Age mural depicting animals and plants in this area will take place Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. with a formal unveiling with speakers and reception. You'll hear more about this big event in weeks to come.

The Mammoth Leg should be installed in September but it will be kept 'under wraps' until the unveiling. The display case for the Mammoth Leg has been donated by the SKI Amigos. We still need a little over $400 of the $4,500 to finish paying for having the bones put together.

I'd like to thank the children and parents for regularly dropping their coins and dollar bills in the jug.

If you'd like to have a part in this project it's not too late.

Donations can be made to the Friends of the Corpus Christi Public Libraries and are tax deductible.

Lynda Whitton is the head librarian for the Northwest Branch Library in Corpus Christi. Readers may contact her at 241-9329.