Tuesday, October 13, 2015


September @ The Library!

September was National Library Card Sign-Up month.  And how fitting that the West Chambers Branch in Mont Belvieu hit a milestone reaching over 5,000 cardholders!  Each month we add over 100 new cards in the system.  By issuing family cards, the number of actual library users is more than double the cardholders on file.  Currently, the Chambers County Library System has 10,523 cardholders with an average of 3 people per account.  That’s almost the population of the county. 

Growth has brought great things to Chambers County, and libraries are definitely in demand! 
As the new Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch continues with construction, we have also continued adding additional staff as the county budget allows.  Last year we requested and were approved a full time position.  That position was filled by Shelby Fielding and she’s settled in nicely and continues to be trained to prepare for the transition to the new building.  This past month we added Sabrina Galloway as the Children’s Librarian.  We were also approved for an additional full time and part-time position in our 2016 budget.  The full time position will be filled by existing staff, and we’ll start the search for the part-time position January 1.  Moving into a new building leaves us with some unknowns in terms of program expectations.  On average, the West Chambers Branch has 10-15 programs each month.  Once we settle into the new building, we’ll have a better idea what to expect since we anticipate increases in checkouts and foot traffic.  Being closer in proximity to the schools leads us to believe we’ll be concentrating more on after-school programs.  The best part is seeing the direction this new library takes us.  Construction continues, and due to the 31 bad weather days claimed, the latest completion date had to be moved from November to January 15.  It will definitely be a Happy New Year!

The Chambers County Library in Anahuac was at capacity in their programming for September.  Over 25 programs, including GED and ESL took place this past month.  GED classes are funded through the College of the Mainland in Texas City as part of their Adult Education program.  Their service area includes Chambers County, and they’ve been reaching out to mid-county, as well as Winnie, to assist the adult population.  ESL classes have expanded to a beginner and advanced course this year due to increasing demand for the classes.  ESL is funded through a grant from the Anahuac Municipal Development District.  Many of the students who have completed ESL have moved on to GED prep classes.  It’s a wonderful thing to see the personal growth of these students.  They’re finding jobs and working to contribute to the county in a positive way. 

One of the more popular programs during September was ‘Zydeco 101’ taught by staff member LaShebia Haskin.  LaShebia had over 20 people at the library learning the basics of Zydeco dance just in time for Gatorfest.  Several staff members from Anahuac set up at Gatorfest to represent the library in the educational tent.  Every year we try to have a presence at the local festivals or other outreach opportunities.  It’s important for the public to see our faces outside the library! 

County Librarian Valerie Jensen and Assistant County Librarian Annie Vass held a Canines and Cocktails event on the 17th.  This program was a ticketed event done in partnership with the Friends of the Library with proceeds split between the new library in Mont Belvieu and the Baytown Humane Society.  This event was held on the library lawn and attendees were able to mingle with other dog lovers while enjoying music, drinks, and pet photographs. A great time was had by all, and we anticipate doing it again next year!

The Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch in Winnie held programs for the tween and teen crowds.  Duct Tape projects and DIY whiteboards were among the crafts.  Movie nights, story time, computer classes, and book club were also in full force. 

We’ve pulled back on programs at Mont Belvieu so that we can concentrate on more projects that need to be completed before we move.  But the teens were able to have an Ultimate Frisbee program outside on the library property.  Movie night, story time, and book club will continue through the rest of the year. 

On the 23rd, the teen and adult program staff met at Anahuac.  Once a year we try to find time for staff members who specialize in age specific programs to meet and share ideas so they can prepare for new activities in the months to come.  Adult programs are slowly being added to the library system’s calendar each month at all branches, so be on the lookout for some fun (and unique) activities for the over 18 crowd.   
Storytime officially started back the week of September 7th.  Staff member Jennifer Kellum filled in at Mont Belvieu until the Children’s Librarian position was filled.  Special thanks to her for helping out!  Each branch holds a weekly story time focusing on stories, crafts, songs, and movement exercises.  Each year the crowds seem to grow, and the parents tend to have just as much fun as the little ones.  Winnie’s Children’s Librarian Yolie Belt introduced an “iStorytime” where she included iPads/Technology as part of the program.  Children’s staff member Michelle Mims attended iStorytime to get ideas of her own for Anahuac.  You’re never too young (or old) to learn technology…and the library’s the perfect spot to learn.

Until next month!

Canines & Cocktails at Anahuac

"Dot" story time at Winnie

Ultimate Frisbee at Mont Belvieu

Anahuac staff at Gatorfest

Tuesday, September 08, 2015


August at the Library!

Chambers County Library System – August, 2015

August was once again full of activities at the libraries.  Everyone was still coming down from the Summer Reading high, but it wasn’t long before we picked right back up for back to school activities and fall program planning. 

The Friends of CCLS held their annual summer book sale at the West Chambers Branch in Mont Belvieu.  This week long event brought in over $1000 profit to benefit library programs and services.  Book donations provide us with such great stock to sell for the public, but we’ve had to put a temporary halt on book donations at Mont Belvieu so we can have the space to start boxing up office supplies.  I know this isn’t the most convenient for those of you who haul in boxes of books, but it’s all part of the move and effort on our part to make a seamless transition into the new library.  The new Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch will house a permanent bookstore, which will be open several days a week to the public. 

We said goodbye to our summer helpers on August 8th, and welcomed our part-time after-school workers shortly after.  Summer help provides us with full time student workers for 10 weeks, while the after-school help (called Pages), gives us 15 hours each week of assistance shelving books, and doing other much needed tasks.  

On the 11th we held our quarterly Library Advisory Board meeting.  The group discussed and voted on updating several policies.  We also managed to snap a group photo.  Library Advisory Board meetings are open to the public, and members are appointed by Commissioners’ Court based on a recommendation from the County Librarian.  Current members include: Sam Little, Carolyn Caldwell, Sarah Kathan, Katie Jackson, Marlin Moore, Susie Davis, and Rhonda LeBlanc. 

The branches held a Back to School Bash in August.  Anahuac held their event at the middle school in order to have the ZORB ball obstacle course, face painting, and volunteers with the Anahuac Volunteer Fire Department present fire safety.  Winnie held their event at the community building with giant games, snacks and giveaways, while Mont Belvieu had an arts & crafts day on the 13th.  Special thanks to everyone involved – All Summer Long, John Willey, Tracie Lasater, Yvonne Morgan, and not to mention the hard work of the entire library staff.

Staff member Kim Silcox held a game night at the Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch in Winnie.  Over 20 tweens and teens enjoyed video games, board games, and of course lots of snacks! 

Valerie Jensen and Annie Vass attended a United Way committee meeting to update the group on the success of after-school tutorials at the Chambers County Library in Anahuac.  A partnership with United Way planted the seed for the success of this program.  Ongoing cooperation from the school and Sheriff’s Office allow the library to provide a space for students to receive extra help after school.  Once the bell rings, the library is often times the only place where students can access computers in order to finish up homework, check out books, or access library resources.

The adults at Anahuac were treated to Painting With a Twist on the 13th.   A standing room only crowd enjoyed creating a “Happy Hydrangeas” masterpiece that they could paint and take home. 

The Chambers County Historical Commission was recognized at Commissioners’ Court on July 14th for receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission.  Congrats to the group on their dedication to the county’s history and their ongoing work to preserve local landmarks and sites.    

Finally, the library system received a donation towards the Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch from the West Chambers County Pilot Club.  The members presented a check for $10,000.00 to be used for the purchase of Early Literacy Station computers.  We can’t thank the Pilots enough for their support of the library!

Until next month!

Library Advisory Board members

Painting with a Twist at Anahuac

Back to School Bash fun at Anahuac

Back to School Bash fun at Anahuac

$10,000 donation from the West Chambers County Pilot Club towards the new Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Chambers County Library System - July report

Summer Reading at a Glance:

Minutes read: 336,936
Children’s enrollment – up 8%
Teen enrollment – up 9%
Children’s program attendance - up 51%

New patron enrollment – up 7% from 2014    
Total circulation June/July – 65,697
7,381 people attended programs at the Chambers County Library System in June and July

Summer Reading came and went with a blur.  I guess that’s what happens when you’re having fun!  Seems like we were just gearing up for Kickoff week, now we’re sending over 150 thank you letters to everyone who supported our program this year.  The week of July 20th ended the 6-week program with Superhero programs for the little ones, arts & crafts, dodgeball, dances, and video games for the teens, and cooking, CPR, and Zumba classes for the adults.  We pride ourselves on providing great programs for the public, and the public responded beyond our expectations with their attendance.  This year our overall attendance jumped over 50%.  That’s definitely something to be proud of! 

To go along with our superhero theme, we decided to include those heroes without capes and adopt a troop through Project Frontlines.  The 3rd Battalion 29th Field Artillery Regiment was assigned to the library.  We had a huge response and collected over 500 items from patrons at all 3 libraries.  Monetary donations from the American Legion Hall, Post #104 in Anahuac helped greatly with shipping costs, and purchasing other small items of need.  Items shipped out this week, and should be delivered within a month.  

A big thank you to our sponsors who donated their time, talent, money, and coupons for our annual Summer Reading Program.  The response has been overwhelming from local businesses and groups who provide us with incentives and prizes for our patrons.  Also, to our Friends of the Chambers County Library System group for underwriting the program, and to our corporate sponsor, NRG, LLC for granting us funds to provide some of our bigger programs for the kids.  The smiles on kids’ faces and hundreds of “Thank you’s” from the public made all the work and effort worth it. 

We start planning for our summer program each October, so I can’t say enough about the staff and their creativity when it comes to programs and decorations.  We had several people in line asking for the cute Superhero decorations for their classrooms or churches.  I love to brag on the talented group I have!  They go above and beyond and it doesn’t go unnoticed.  We were also given extra help this summer thanks to the County Commissioners.  Eight high school and college workers were employed to help with our busy summer.  These kids were worth their weight in gold providing us with much needed extra hands. 

In July, we welcomed our newest staff member, Pepper Trove to the Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch in Winnie.  Pepper will provide Winnie with much needed front desk help when the current part-timers are out of pocket. 

County Librarian Valerie Jensen and Assistant County Librarian Annie Vass took a trip to Groves Public Library and Hughes Library in Nederland.  Having close ties to several library directors in our area, this allowed me to introduce Annie and have her see their buildings, hear their successes, and get some insight in how Chambers County compares to our neighbors.  It’s great to keep in contact with our neighboring libraries! 

Ongoing construction continues for the Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch in Mont Belvieu.  The foundation is set, steel beams are on order, and the parking lot is about to take shape.  Things are moving, and the next several months will be even busier with packing up our existing library and making the move down the road.  Programs at Mont Belvieu will be fewer than normal to allow us to do the prep work we need as we transition into the new building. 

The Friends are still on their fundraising campaign, and more donations are needed!  Check out the www.samgosslibrary.org website and see how you can contribute.  You can purchase a brick paver that will line the outside entry, make a general donation, or purchase a Naming Opportunity such as iPads and landscaping features.  Every little bit counts! 

Finally, the library received a $1500 grant from the Texas Book Festival for new Young Adult books at the Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch in Winnie.  This competitive grant is awarded each year and announced at the annual Texas Library Association conference.  The teens at Winnie were excited to see some new popular titles on the shelves.

Until next month!

Donna Boullion, Adult Summer Reading raffle winner at Anahuac

Kids at the West Chambers Branch enjoying the end of summer party

Kids showing their appreciation to our 2015 sponsors and adopted troop

Tuesday, July 07, 2015


Summer Reading is here!

Chambers County Library System – June, 2015

Summer is in full force at the Chambers County Library System!  We’ve turned the entire county into superheroes, and even a few elected officials dawned some superhero capes!  This year we decided to do things a little different with summer reading.  Instead of requiring kids to read a certain amount of books and write down titles, we handed out game boards where kids colored in stars for every 20 minutes they read each day.  This still allowed for coupons and incentives from our local businesses who support us each year, but it gave the kids a little responsibility by keeping up with their game boards during the 6 week program.  This year we shifted the focus more on our events, programs, and getting the public more involved in their library.  We’ve also been more present with social media than ever before.  With over a 24% increase in program attendance compared to last June (that’s over 1,000 in the month of June alone), and over a 47% increase in new patron card applications, I would say we definitely succeeded.  The goal for any public library is to put a library card in everyone’s hands, and create lifelong library users and we’re proud to see such great library support from the citizens of the county.
Officer Mount with his K9 "Maddie" at Mont Belvieu 

June started off with Kickoff Week at the branches.  Local heroes who visited included County Judge Jimmy Sylvia, JP 4 Blake Sylvia, County Treasurer Nikki Whittington, Texas Ranger Brandon Bess, Deputy Dan Houghton, Sheriff Brian Hawthorne, and local fire and ems workers county wide.  Several representatives from local businesses came to pass out candy, sno-cones, or even supply the snacks for program day.  Again, the support from this community is unmatched!   

County Judge Jimmy Sylvia

The week of the 16th, we welcomed a new program with the Circus Chickendog show.  Entertainer Darren Peterson held the attention of hundreds of kids while featuring six rescued circus dogs, a scarlet macaw, live accordion, juggling, unicycling, and other circus skills.  He was definitely a hit!  Our next program was with the Southwest Texas Dairy Farmers.  Volunteers brought a live cow milking demonstration to each of the libraries and educated the kids on nutrition, and dairy product information.  Kids enjoyed ice cream following the programs. 

Southwest Dairy Farmers volunteer, Larry Graham and "Pepper"

The teens have also been having a great summer.  A record breaking 50+ teens attended Winnie’s first program on the 9th to make superhero capes and masks.  Their implementation of tween programs during the year has definitely helped boost attendance for teen programs.   Other programs included make your own bow and arrow, masquerade masks, and a Masquerade party at Anahuac, while Mont Belvieu held a video game day, art contests, and a movie marathon.  The staff does such a great job of coming up with creative ideas to entice this hard to reach age group. 

This year our adults have had several programs to look forward to.  Anahuac and Mont Belvieu continued their monthly book club meetings, and also held Zumba classes for adults.  Both branches had good crowds for Zumba, which was led by volunteers from the local fitness centers.  Anahuac also held, “Who is your everyday hero” program led by staff member Jennifer Kellum.  Creative crafts and goodies were made by everyone to give to the heroes in their lives.  An ongoing program we have at all 3 branches is the Project Frontlines donation box to support a troop overseas.  So far we’ve collected over 5 big boxes to send, with another week left to collect.  Next month there are still more programs planned for adults. 

Zumba at Anahuac!

As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into planning our summer program.  We could not do it without our wonderful, much needed summer helpers.  Our hardworking kids include:  Melani Aguilar, Kathryn Sherman, Taylor Dunnigan, Sarah Davis, Sarah Hubert, Sarah Cripps, Sonia Torres, and Kristen Bertrand.  Their help is invaluable this time of year, assisting the staff at programs, Summer Reading sign-ups, keeping the books on the shelves, and much more.  We always appreciate the court’s generosity by allowing us these extra hands during our busiest time of year.  We also thank all the commissioners for allowing the libraries to use the community buildings.  When you have 100+ kids at a program, the meeting rooms just aren’t big enough.
Summer help at Winnie, Sarah 1 and Sarah 2

The library received a literacy foundation grant from Dollar General this year for $2,000.  Dollar General has funded literacy programs for over 20 years, and their focus is to help individuals advance their literacy skills, which fits nicely with our mission at the library. 

Finally, the library continues to work on the contents at the historical museum.  One of our summer helpers has been working hard scanning items to get ready for cataloging before renovations begin on the building.  Another county department will be utilizing part of the space.  The scanning and cataloging will be a long process, but worth it in the end when the public will have access to items that have been hidden away for years.  The Chambers County Historical Commission was given the honor of “Distinguished Service Award” from the Texas State Historical Commission.  They will be recognized at the next Commissioners’ Court for their hard work promoting the county’s rich history.

Until next month! 

Friday, June 05, 2015

Chambers County Library System – May, 2015

May is the time of year when the temperatures rise, and the staff members feverishly finalize the last minute details of Summer Reading!  This year, we printed over 7,000 sheets of paper to promote the children’s, teens, and adult programs for June and July.  The flyers were folded and distributed to the schools, and in several cases, the staff members went to the schools to present previews of coming attractions.  With storytime ending the week of May 4th, it gave the programmers time to tidy up any loose ends before June 8. 

With the arrival of reading incentives (coupons and treats from corporate underwriters), the prizes, the giveaways, and the program supplies provide lots of projects.  Registration bags were stuffed, sponsor displays were created, signs telling kids how to earn coupons were made, and the library walls were transformed to display the theme of “Every Hero Has a Story”.  Behind the scenes, the Administrative unit and Technical Services has been working overtime printing posters, flyers, cutting die cuts, and ordering and distributing all the supplies needed for summer to the branches.  With all hands on deck, we are more than ready for June 8 to get here, and for the fun to begin!

Branch Librarian Aquilia De la Cruz gets ready for Summer Reading at the Chambers County Library in Anahuac

May also started off with some excitement.  On the 8th, the long-awaited groundbreaking for the new library in Mont Belvieu took place.  A standing room only crowd assembled at the work site so that several people could give a “thank you” speech to the crowd.  County Judge Jimmy Sylvia served as Master of Ceremonies, Library Advisory Board President Sam Little gave the invocation, and County Librarian Valerie Jensen, Friends member Leslie Schmitt, Barbers Hill ISD Superintendent Greg Poole, and City of Mont Belvieu mayor Nick Dixon spoke to the group.  It’s been said many times, but it’s wonderful to be a part of a project where three entities come together for the good of the community. 

Representatives from Chambers County, the City of Mont Belvieu, and Barbers Hill ISD break ground at the new Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library in Mont Belvieu

A Library Advisory Board meeting was held on the 12th.  Members met to discuss and approve updates on a couple of policies, and were also treated to a visit from the Chambers County Branch Librarians.  Aquilia De la Cruz, Cindy Alegria, and Missy Parham attended the meeting to allow board members to meet them in person.  They each gave a brief summary of their positions at the library and were able to brag on their staff. 

May 27th was the end of GED and ESL classes to allow for summer break.  Classes have been sponsored by the Anahuac Municipal Development District, and taught by local Anahuac ISD teacher Katherine Wilkins.  Students have made such great progress over the past year with several students testing and passing their GED.  ESL students have been very loyal in their attendance, and many of them are frequent library users.  It’s great to see them use their newly taught English skills in the library as a patron.  They’ve definitely been taught the right way!  On the 27th, a “graduation” was held to celebrate the accomplishments of the ESL students, complete with food furnished by the entire class.  Students were awarded a certificate of completion for their year of work.  They didn’t leave without a final lesson, and they all look forward to starting back in the fall. 

ESL students with their certificates of completion

On the 1st, we received news that the library received a Community Grant from Walmart.  Funds from this grant go towards Summer Reading expenses.  Walmart has partnered with the library for the past several years to assist in our goal to promote reading and libraries. 

Assistant County Librarian, Annie Vass shows off the Walmart grant with her sidekick, Wonder Woman! 

On the 16th, the young people of Anahuac held their 9th annual Ana-Con event.  Ana-Con is a mini anime convention for all ages.  The crowd enjoyed drawing contests, dance panels, Ramune drinking contests and more.  Several people came dressed in their best character outfits to show off during the “Cosplay” portion of the day.  The Anahuac Anime club was started in 2006 and it’s wonderful to see such a long running program still going strong. 

Bree and Myra enjoying Ana-Con!

After-school tutorials ended on May 18.  The tutoring sessions were part of a partnership with United Way of Greater Baytown and Chambers County, along with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office and Anahuac ISD.  This is the second school year that tutorials have been in session, and we’re anticipating great results again in the fall.  A pizza party was held on the last tutorial session on May 18th for the students, staff, and volunteers.  Each week faithful volunteers were on hand to help students with reading, math, social studies, or other subjects where there was a need.  Volunteers from ONEOK in Mont Belvieu were regulars, along with several patrons who gave their time to help the kids.    

Tutorial students and their volunteers

Finally, a small electrical fire occurred at the west annex in Mont Belvieu on Thursday the 21st that caused us to close the library doors for a about a day.  Luckily, no one was hurt and we opened back up for business on Monday! 

Until next month!

Thursday, April 09, 2015


March report

Chambers County Library System – March, 2015

Each month the library system compiles a report with specific statistical information.  How many books did we check out?  How many reference questions were we asked?  How many Interlibrary Loan books did we receive?  How many kids attended a program?  And the list goes on.  At the end of the year, we take these monthly reports and gather all the info along with other required data and send to the Texas State Library for review.  As long as the county meets the local funding requirements for our assigned population, and our collection is the appropriate size per capita, we are certified as an “Accredited” library for another year. 

Thanks to the Friends of CCLS, the items they purchased on the staff’s “wish list” have started to come in.  The wish list includes small items that we don’t have county funds to purchase, so our Friends help out when they can.  So far this year they’ve purchased a rug for the children’s section at Anahuac, new book carts, barcode scanners, puppets for story time, and a few other items.  We’re definitely thankful for our Friends!

Jared the library turtle reads a book on the new rug in the children’s section at Anahuac.

 Assistant County Librarian Annie Vass and I did some outreach on the 26th at the county’s Health and Wellness Fair.  It was a great opportunity to show off the resources the library has that can be used for wellness points for county employees.  We featured health and wellness books, magazines, and DVDs.  We also passed out fruit donated by Food Town, which seemed to be a hit! 

 Vass at the county’s Health and Wellness fair

Earlier in the month we visited PBK, the architects in charge of the new Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library at their office in downtown Houston.  We spent half the day choosing fabrics to go on all the furniture.  We’ve gone with a green/orange/blue color scheme that we think will flow well and look inviting.  Branch Librarian Missy Parham joined us and did a great job helping narrow down just the right colors – she also enjoyed seeing her future desk!  Construction has begun, and it’s extremely exciting to see progress being made. 

Entry to the construction site at the Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library

Staff member Jennifer Kellum held a unique program in March in honor of Women’s History month.  She’s in charge of adult programming at the main branch and has done a great job coming up with different ideas.  This program allowed women to invite another woman in their life who has been an inspiration to them.  The program featured a talk about women’s history, attendees spoke about an inspirational woman in their lives, and a small brunch was served.  Jennifer also pointed out the women who were in attendance who help with book sales, after school tutorials, or volunteer efforts at the library. 

Women's History month program at Anahuac

During Spring break the library system held several programs for the kids and teens to stay busy during their week off.  A movie marathon, Spring Fling, Family craft day, and other fun activities provided hours of entertainment for all ages. 

Spring Break also coincided with Teen Tech Week.  Teen Tech Week is a week when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.  Winnie featured a “Digital Footprints” program, while Anahuac teens enjoyed a DIY digital craft program.

County Librarian Valerie Jensen was invited by the ESA Sorority’s Literature and Drama department to speak at their monthly meeting.  About 20 women, (some of them regular library patrons) gathered to hear about the library’s latest services and programs.  The women were very enthusiastic about book club, and learning more about the downloadable books offered for free to the public.  It’s great to share what the library does to the various community groups in the county. 

March ended with a book sale at the Chambers County Library in Anahuac.  Their 4 day sale allowed customers a little extra time to rummage through all the donations that we’re unable to keep.  Book sales continue to be one of the Friends’ most lucrative fundraisers for the past 20 years. 

Until next month!  Valerie Jensen, County Librarian

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Library Lovers' Month!

Chambers County Library System – February, 2015

February was full of fun at the Chambers County Library System!  With 963 people attending 45 programs, it’s easy to see that your library is the hub of the community!  From Valentine’s Day parties for the little ones, to computer classes in Spanish, there’s something for everyone at your library. 

Staff member Kim Hart led an ‘e-Couponing’ class for adults at Mont Belvieu.  She used her expertise of mobile couponing to create a program that was quite a hit!  The program included tips and tricks to save money using your smartphone, or other mobile device.

The Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch in Winnie held their annual book sale along with a Community Book Swap.  Local residents and Barbers Hill ISD teachers, Kellie Rogers and Lisa Ledoux spent several hours offering a great selection of books to patrons who wanted to trade one of their own.  This is the 2nd year Kellie and Lisa have organized the book swap in conjunction with the book sale, and we look forward to continuing this for years to come.

February was National Children’s Dental Health Month, and this brought the little ones a treat with a visit from the Tooth Fairy in Winnie and Mont Belvieu.  The kids enjoyed hearing songs to make brushing their teeth fun, and brought home a little goodie from the Tooth Fairy herself!  Anahuac kiddos enjoyed a visit from dentist, Dr. King with Bayside Clinic. 

The Chambers County Library in Anahuac hosted The Rose mobile mammography unit.  The Rose offers an alternative to hospitals and doctor’s offices by bringing mammogram testing to off-site locations.  County nurse practitioner Mary Beth Bess came a few days before to share some breast cancer prevention tips to the 16 women were able to get screened. 

February provided the library system with another opportunity to show the communities some of the things we do best. National Read Across America Day was celebrated at all three libraries celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  The Cat in the Hat made a visit to all the branches, and activities included songs, stories, snacks, and tons of Dr. Seuss fun!

Teens and tweens at Winnie enjoyed game nights with Young Adult Librarian, Kim Silcox.  Kim had quite a crowd as she allowed the teens to play videogames, enjoy snacks, and play traditional board games.  The teens always enjoy having the library to themselves so they can get a little noisy!

On the 28th, the Friends of the Chambers County Library System held their annual meeting.  The Friends spent their time updating those in attendance on activities held throughout the year, discussion of the library’s “wish list” of items not funded in the county budget, and selection of the library system’s employee of the year.  The 2014 Employee of the Year was selected, and the honor went to Michelle Mims in Anahuac.  Michelle has been with the library over 8 years as Children’s Librarian and Technical Services assistant.  Michelle has done a great job increasing attendance with storytime, and developing creative and interactive activities for the kids.  She’s one of the most cross trained members of the library staff.  The Friends also gave an update on the fundraising campaign for the new Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library.  County Librarian, Valerie Jensen gave a ‘State of the Library System’ speech, giving those in attendance a snapshot of the year, as well as new things to come.    

And finally, The Friends of the Chambers County Library System announced a gift of $100,000 from Enterprise Products. This donation will fund the Multipurpose Community Room at the new branch library building in Mont Belvieu, to be known as the Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library.  Bob Moss, Mont Belvieu plant manager for Enterprise Products, said: “Enterprise is very interested in improving literacy, and we couldn’t think of a better way to do that than

supporting the new library building.”

Dentist, Dr. King visits the Anahuac library for storytime

Employee of the year Michelle Mims and Friends of CCLS president Jean Abshier Forrest

Enterprise Products donates $100,000 towards the new Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library

The Rose mobile mammography unit visits Anahuac

After-school tutorials in Anahuac with OneOK volunteers

Community Book Swap and book sale at Winnie

Tooth Fairy visits Winnie storytime!

Winnie tweens enjoy game night!

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