Miss Jean and I have seen the first sketch of the "Ice Age" mural that Dinah Bowman has been commissioned to paint for the 7-foot-by-14-foot wall in the children's library.

The Corpus Christi Geologist Society commissioned the artwork and will use large posters of it for area schools in a project called "Maps and Bones." Their goal is to catch the interest of youth and hopefully get them to thinking and learning about earth science.

Dinah's work has met with approval from several university professors for being true to the time and our area. A couple of changes were made and she is revising her first design. I really appreciate it when artists are willing to work with experts in a field in order to provide an accurate reflection of nature.

That was the case when she worked with area birders and the architect. Ed and Cornelia Gates did the same for our outside public art panels. The results are excellent pieces of art that also provide good educational sources for those interested in birds. I expect we'll see the mural installed after the first of the year.

Our next project is well underway thanks to our library users and a couple of generous donors. We are almost at the one-fourth mark ($500) toward our fund drive of $2,000 to pay for the construction of the Columbian Mammoth leg bones exhibit. It will be an awesome display in the children's library. Just having the two gigantic bones displayed on the tables has drawn the attention of the children, as well as adults.

If anyone would like to make a tax deductible donation before the end of the year, please feel free to give a check to The Friends of the Corpus Christi Public Libraries and designate it for the Northwest Branch Mammoth Display.

The holidays are fast approaching. The libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday but will be open Saturday. We will also be closed Sunday. Since Christmas and New Year's are on a Thursday, we will close at 6 p.m. on the eves and be open the following Friday. We will be closed on December 21, 28 and Jan. 4.

I'm looking forward to a Thanksgiving Day reunion with my relatives on my mother's side of the family in Alexandria, La. I've made sofa-size quilts for three of our uncles, and my sister for three of our aunts.

I've been busy making lots of quilted thermal hot pads for all my cousins and nieces and nephews. I thought I was about through when I spotted some fabric that had family reunion on it. You got it, now I'm working on a batch of those. I get out of cooking this year and am hoping my aunt that specializes in oyster dressing makes some this year.

Another aunt makes a favorite of mine, asparagus casserole. I said I'd prepare the deviled eggs if they'd have them boiled for me Wednesday evening. My clan thinks I make them better than anyone else.

I'll miss my Louisiana candied yams, but I think I can survive without them. One thing is for sure - we will have plenty of good food for everyone.

The library staff wishes all of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving with those you love.

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