For those of you that go in town to the Anita and W.T. Neyland Public Library, formerly the Parkdale Branch, it will be closed from Aug. 21 through Sept. 6 for the final phase of the renovation project.

During that time, their library will be moving into the new children's wing and installing the furniture. The project was made possible through the estate of William T. Neyland. The new library will include a Mary and Jeff Bell Children's Library, which doubles the space for children's services from 1,900 square feet to 3,700 square feet.

I've bragged about our Northwest Branch having the largest children's library (approximately 3,300 square feet), but we relinquish the bragging rights to the Neyland Library. We can claim the largest continuous space since Neyland's is broken into two sections.

After the 15th, if you see me with dark sunglasses on inside or a patch on my right eye it will be due to the cataract surgery scheduled that day. I was just told I had the beginning of one in my right eye two years ago this October.

There was just a hint of one in my left eye. I was told that it could be three, five, even 10 or so years before it grew enough to warrant removal.

For the last six months or so I've realized that I couldn't see road/street signs that I could read from a distance in the past. What was disturbing was the blurriness of the scoreboard when I went to the Hooks ballgames.

Sure enough, the cataract was obscuring the vision in my right eye and now needed to be removed.

I had no idea that when they insert the new lens it is a corrective lens, so I should have 20/20 vision for possibly the first time in my life. Since there will be so much difference between my eyes after the first surgery, I'll have the left eye done on Sept. 19. The left eye is now where the right one was two years ago.

After seeing my fellow's speedy recovery from cataract surgery two months ago, I've been anxious to get mine done and over with. My chief concern is how I'll handle still needing my glasses for one eye while the other one is healing.

Oh well, I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. I understand that I'll need reading glasses for close vision afterward, which is a big switch. It'll be nice to be able to go in and pick out a pair of sunglasses without needing an expensive prescription pair. I've really missed having my sunglasses. Somehow, I managed to lose them during the spring.

Hoping to see ya'll better and often in the future.

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