Things are gearing up for the library summer reading program.

The theme this year is "Catch the Reading Express." I'm planning my programs and visitors, and hopefully will have my calendar out by the middle of May.

We are going to have 9 programs a week, and hopefully there will be something that will interest your child and maybe even you. We are going to have guest speakers, touch tanks (several different types) and crafts. We are going to have storytimes and fun for your child. Everything is free and everyone is welcome.

The summer reading program starts June 1 and runs through July 17. The Northwest opening program will be June 1 at 7 p.m., with Lanky the Clown. Our scheduled programs will start June 7, with programs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

My hair is finally growing back. I think I look a lot like a "Chia Pet" right now, but I'm glad I have hair. Everything is working well and I'm doing things I haven't been able to do for a long time. I've even done things with my hands that I've never been able to do before. (In case you missed it, I had brain surgery in February and March for my essential tremors.)

I'm going to have to learn how to write again. When I first started learning to write in first grade I already had shaky hands, so I had to hold my pencil differently than most people. I unfortunately did not have a very progressive teacher and she would yell at me all the time for holding my pencil incorrectly. Now that I don't have to hold my pencil the same way, I don't know how to write correctly, so I have to re-learn how to write.

I will have more details about the "Catch the Reading Express" summer reading program closer to June. So keep you eyes open for times, days and events.

Jean Meadors is the children's librarian for the Northwest Branch Library in Corpus Christi. Readers may contact her at 241-9329.