No one can ever say that our library is a dull place to visit. Last week we had a baby rattlesnake hunt after a report by an observant library customer. Now we have to keep our eyes peeled for more. I don't know why but they always turn up at the front door each spring.

We've had a very high interest in Ms. Jean's sign language classes. She had to go up to two classes for children and their parents. Since there is also an interest from adults, she will schedule a class for them in a couple of months.

Today I enjoyed showing two 'snowbird' couples from Canada and Minnesota a tour of the building. They were birders and knew our Jo Creglow and her husband, Bob. They had just returned from a birding trip with Bob and came by to see our library.

They wanted to come last February when we had David Sibley as our guest speaker, but they were involved in a birding tour that day. Our reputation for being a 'birdie' library is definitely getting around.

We are just a few dollars from the halfway mark of our $2,000 goal to build the support and exhibit for the Columbian Mammoth bones donated to us by Texas A&M University-Kingsville. We have had a couple of major donors but the children and library users will be the ones to thank for supporting this effort.

I think adults find the huge bones every bit as amazing as the youngest child does. It's incredible to think of these immense animals traveling the very ground we now walk on 10,000 to 13,000 years ago.

The shifting of the adult fiction is finished and the overhead signage is now in place. By the way, I believe all the tax forms that we ordered have arrived. Remember, you can always go to to get any form, instruction or publication that you need.

We are gearing up for a new upgrade in our catalogue system. It will be in place (we hope) in late March. All staff will be going to eight hours of training in mid-February. Can't say that is one of my favorite things to do, especially when the class starts at 8 a.m. I'm usually just dragging myself out of bed at that time to go to work.

If you use the convenient e-mail notification, Library Elf, to avoid overdue books, you may know that they are going to a fee-based service to handle the high demand for their services. We hate that something you have grown to depend upon is changing and may not be available to you in the future.

We are hoping that the new catalogue system may have an e-mail notification module, but don't hold me to that. We had it for a while a few years ago before a change in the system and it would be very nice if we had that feature again.

Take advantage of the winter days and read some books. We received a half-dozen new large print and new "Books on CD" are arriving regularly.

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