Wow, I have so many people to thank for making the grand reopening of the Northwest Branch Library such a huge success.

First I would like to thank all the people who attended the opening. We had over 1,200 people come through our doors. Thanks to all the city officials who came to the library to help with our grand opening.

I had lots of people help me with the children's programs. Thank you Larry "Running Turtle" Salazar for bringing your drum circle. I had lots of compliments on your program. It brought back memories of powwows in Oklahoma for me, too.

Thank you, Owen Hopkins for giving such a great talk about teeth and calcite and mammoth teeth. The pictures show how much the children ate up your discussion on how our teeth are really rocks. The mammoth molar has been a huge success. I'm glad I don't have to brush a tooth that big.

Thank you, Ronald Thomas, for the mammoth vertebrae and molar. I can't wait to be able to display them for the children to look at all the time.

Georgia Cox is a storyteller extraordinaire from East Primary and, as always, had the children eating out of her hands. I couldn't hear the stories but I know as always the children were captured.

Master Cantu from the WarCats Tae Kwon Do group in Calallen brought a group of youngsters to give a demonstration on Tae Kwon Do. If you've never seen a young child break a board with his or her hands, then you've missed seeing something almost unbelievable.

Patches the Clown and her clown husband (according to a young child at the library, clowns can't have husbands) were great in making and giving to the children hundreds of balloon animals and drawing pieces of art on their faces. I can't call what Mr. Patches does face painting - I have to call it face art.

If you haven't come by yet to check out our new digs please come in, I think you will be "wowed." I know most people who come through our doors are saying that word. We are having our regular story times on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Come and join us in our new children's area.

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