The faster speed on the public computers has been much appreciated by our patrons. I noticed on Sunday that someone did his taxes within the two hour time period instead of half a day or more. If you've had trouble logging onto the library Web site, it's due to the change in our service provider. We now have a new address that is a lot easier to remember: You'll see a new look on our Web site as it is undergoing some changes.

Due to the change to the new catalog system, ordering and processing of books were halted.

You can expect new books on our shelves this week as we get back to normal operations. In the weeks ahead you can expect more books on CDs and DVDs, as well as additions of popular authors to the new downloadable audio books from OverDrive. You can log into OverDrive from our web page.

We will be closed on April 12 for Easter Sunday. I can't believe we are just six weeks away from the end of the school year. At least by then we will have had time to adjust to the steep learning curve in using our new catalog system. Our staff greatly appreciates your patience with us during this process.

On Saturday, April 18, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., we will have local author, T. L. Criser, as a guest speaker.

His latest book, "The Ghost in the Orange Closet- Facing Wounds You Can't See" will be discussed. He will have copies available for purchase and will of course be happy to autograph them. If you are a veteran or know someone who is, this is a book that could give you some understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The book is a fascinating journey about finding "Lost Memories, Lost Feelings, and Long Lost Friends." It's warm, compelling and engaging, while revealing new information about PTSD.

If you are an aspiring author, this is a chance to ask questions about writing and the publishing process.

Call us at 241-9329 if you have any questions or need directions to our library at 3202 McKinzie Road.

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