I just wanted to thank everyone who made this year's Summer Reading "Jubilee" program a success. It was totally due to the parents, children, special guests and staff that we had such a phenomenal summer.

I enjoyed learning, along with the children, about birds and animal skins and bones. It was great fun taking apart owl pellets and learning what they were eating.

We got to see a paddlefish head, never had seen one before. Did you know that you are eating rocks when you put salt on your food?

We had all different kinds of information and programs this summer that the children and parents alike enjoyed.

I wanted to thank all the people who came and helped with the programs; Beth Hoekje, Del Mar College "Book Come Alive" students, Jamie Ritter, Robert Creglow and Frank Bachman.

The Padre Island National Seashore ranger volunteer, Sue, Mark Shuttlesworth from the Texas Parks and Recreation, biologist Dee Ordner and geologist Owen Hopkins were great with the students.

We had more than 850 children sign up for the summer reading program and more than 300 children actually read their 10 books or 500 pages. Maybe next year we can have more children finish the program?

I had almost 1,800 people attend the different programs, so again thanks to all the volunteers and guests and parents and children for their support for the 2008 "Jubilee, 1958-2008" summer reading program at Northwest.

I wanted to let you know about our birding class we had this summer. We had 14 children and their parents and family attend a five-week class on different aspects of birding. We learned about using binoculars, how to identify birds, bird sounds and how bird's beaks and feet are like tools.

The children and their families learned a lot about birding and birds and hopefully we will continue with activities. We will offer another birding class later this year.

We will start with our regular programming again on Aug. 12 with P.J. Storytimes on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Family storytimes on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Come join us for songs, stories and silliness.

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