Thursday, May 08, 2014

 

April report

Chambers County Library System – April, 2014

April started off with good tidings towards the library with the award of a grant from Entergy.  Assistant County Librarian, Annie Vass wrote a grant to purchase EMT training DVDs to add to the library’s existing collection of Fire Training, Vehicle Extrication, and Hazmat training DVDs.  These materials are available for area Emergency Responder groups for checkout from your local library.  We appreciate the support from Entergy, and Annie’s hard work in putting the grant together.   

Annie also had the opportunity to attend the annual State Library conference this year in San Antonio.  As a first time attendee, Annie spent the week attending programs related to public libraries, saw the latest and greatest books/technology/furniture/services in the exhibit hall, and enjoyed getting information she could bring back to the staff.   It’s always great to send staff to these conferences to inspire the rest of the gang with new ideas. 

April 1 may be April Fool’s Day, but in Chambers County Library System’s terms, it’s the day for the local version of the International Edible Book Festival!  In our 8th year, this Friends’ sponsored program allows people to enter edible items that had some connection to books, and which were, in the end, edible.  This year we had entries from Harry Potter, Magic Eye, and several kids’ books.  We have such fun with these events, and the public enjoys it too.  In conjunction with the edibles, the staff at Anahuac held a 3 day book sale the rest of the week.  Book sales are always well attended and a local attraction at all the branches when we have them.  Proceeds go towards library programs and events for the community.  

The Friends of the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge donated 3 copies of their highly anticipated book, A Year in the life of our refuge.  The books will be placed at each branch with a plaque acknowledging the donation.  We appreciate the continued support from the refuge.  

Ongoing after-school tutorials at Anahuac continue to thrive.  Kids were treated with some special tutors in April.  Ariele Brownfield and Caitlin Armstrong with ONEOK in Mont Belvieu were excited to show their support of the program by offering some math help to the kids.  The students had a great time learning from the ladies, and left with smiles on their faces eager to know when they would be back.  It’s wonderful to have such widespread support for this program. 

On the 23rd, we welcomed a new addition at Winnie.   Jennifer Kellum started as a Library Technician to assist with front desk work and coverage as Winnie continues to grow both in circulation and program attendance.  She’s jumped in and become a quick learner and we welcome her to the staff.

In program news, along with the usual movie nights, computer classes, craft programs, genealogy classes, homeschool programs, toddler times, and teen programs we began April with Easter parties for the young set, and there were various activities in the three branches, from egg hunts to visits from the Easter Bunny.  
Winnie’s “tween” programs have also become quite the hit targeting that 7-11 age group!  And finally, resident cheese maker and County Librarian, Valerie Jensen took her show on the road to the Groves Public Library.  They had a great turnout with close to 30 people in attendance.  Sharing program ideas and resources with area libraries is always a great thing – we get some of our best ideas from each other. 

Lastly, we’re gearing up for our annual Summer Reading Program.  We have some great programs and activities lined up this summer for all age groups.  Be on the lookout at your local branch for some weird and wacky decorations!  It’s going to be a great summer!  Check our website soon for more details on the summer program.  It all starts June 9th

Until next month!
FOAR President, Matthew Jackson presents Assistant County Librarian, Annie Vass with their highly anticipated book on the life of the Refuge

OneOK engineers volunteering for after-school tutorials at Anahuac

Firefighter and EMS worker, John Willey holds DVDs received by the library through grant funds from Entergy



Tuesday, April 08, 2014

 

Chambers County Library System - March, 2014

Chambers County Library System – March, 2014

March came and went in a flash and the libraries were buzzing as usual with almost 10,000 people coming through our doors.  It’s such a wonderful thing to see the amount of people visiting, but I shouldn’t be surprised with the talented and dedicated staff we have providing our county with such quality programs and service. 

Speaking of being busy, this time of year our newly purchased books with our new budget have all been cataloged.  But over the last couple of years, other services such as Interlibrary Loan, book sales, inventory, summer reading preparation, etc. have picked up and overshadowed this priority.  People don’t always think about the work and time that goes into getting all those pretty books, DVDs, Interlibrary Loans, audiobooks, and other materials to their hands for checkout.  But it takes a great deal of effort and eye for detail.  We’ve been forced to take an hour here and there from an existing staff at Anahuac to help lessen the load from our Technical Services Librarian, Kathy Fielding so we’re able to stay on task.  With the upcoming new library on the west side, all these “behind the scenes” jobs will increase and so will the need for additional personnel in that department.  I have to give a huge thank you to Kathy who has done a stellar job at keeping Tech Services running smoothly and those popular best sellers on the shelves in a timely manner. 

March started with our annual “Read Across America” programs celebrating the anniversary of the birth of children’s author, Dr. Seuss.  Each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss is celebrated by encouraging adults and children to read together.  All 3 Chambers County libraries celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a special visit from Cat in the Hat and celebrated with reading some Dr. Seuss, activities, games, and other fun activities.  

After-school tutorials continue at the Chambers County Library in Anahuac.  Students attend weekly tutorial sessions led by volunteer tutors and library staff.  Volunteers are always needed on a rotating basis to help the middle school aged students with their math and reading homework.  Contact Aquilia De la Cruz if you are interested at, 409-267-2554.

Teens at Anahuac and Mont Belvieu were treated to a field trip to see the popular film adaptation of Divergent.  Divergent is the first in a popular book trilogy for teens, and our reserve list is pages long! 

In January, GED and ESL classes were put on hiatus.  We attempted to seek alternate funding to support the program and thanks to the Anahuac Municipal Development District, they have agreed to fund the program for the next year.  GED and ESL classes have always been well attended and much needed, and with this grant we’ll be able to purchase new and updated materials for students.  If you’re interested in attending any of these classes, please contact the Anahuac branch at 409-267-2554.  Classes will resume May 5.

The County Employee Health and Benefits Fair, held on the 26th, was an opportunity for the library system to preach to our peers.  Our library booth featured a variety of exercise, disease, and health-oriented DVDs and books.  We also managed to work in a few items of interest from our general collection, like our online database programs for downloading audiobooks, and other online services.  Quite a few employees who stopped were very interested in what we can offer them.  We also managed to get a donation of fruit from Food Town in Baytown.  Apples, bananas, and oranges were quite a hit with our visitors! 


Until next month!  
Assistant County Librarian, Annie Vass at the Employee Health Fair

Mont Belvieu kids enjoy storytime!

Anahuac kids enjoy Dr. Seuss!


Friday, February 07, 2014

 

Starting the new year off right!

Chambers County Library System – January, 2014

January 1 brings the library’s new budget year, and with that we begin the fun task of ordering new books, supplies, equipment, and other services for our public.  It’s always exciting when we get the opportunity to fulfill all our patron book requests! 

In programming news, the Chambers County Library in Anahuac celebrated 6 years of book club.  The ladies had dinner at Luna’s and discussed their latest read, Where’d you go, Bernadette.  Book club has quickly become a popular program at all 3 branches.  Winnie and Mont Belvieu’s clubs recently turned 1!  Besides book club, the adults had several other programs to choose from.  Count Librarian, Valerie Jensen taught a beginning cheese making class with over 30 attendees.  Everyone enjoyed a sample, and even got to make their own homemade mozzarella.  Basic computer classes (also in Spanish), craft club, and genealogy rounded out the month. 

The teens also had their share of fun.  Winnie tweens and teens had crafts and a movie day, while Mont Belvieu held Yukikon, a Japanese Winter Ball complete with video games, food, and music.  Over 30 teens attended, and a fun time was had by all.  It’s great to how programs that started at one branch have spread in popularity throughout the county.  Means we’re doing something right! 

The new library working group for the West Chambers Branch library is made up of County Librarian Valerie Jensen, Assistant County Librarian Annie Vass, Commissioner Gary Nelson, County Engineer Bobby Hall, Superintendent Greg Poole, and City Representatives Bryan Easum and Nathan Watkins.  For the past year, we’ve been doing quite a bit of behind the scenes work to make the Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library a reality.  Last week the final Interlocal agreement was passed, and soon the fun starts with floor plans and design.  This is definitely a dream come true for yours truly, not to mention the staff, and citizens on the West side.  Valerie and Annie also attended a webinar with the State Library about the updates with the Annual Report, and also spent time finalizing some local community grants as well as grants with the Texas Book Festival.   Our plates stay pretty full!

In personnel news, we recently added 2 new Librarian Technicians to our team.  Becky Storey is providing some much needed front desk relief at Mont Belvieu, and Shelby Fielding has jumped in at Anahuac taking on computer classes, craft club, and fills in at book club when needed.

A big thank you to Building Maintenance and IT for their fast help setting up the Anahuac meeting room.  It’s now complete with a mounted projector and surround sound to make movie nights even more enjoyable.  Also, a television plays most days for patrons to enjoy the news or other educational channels.  This room is one of the few places available for public meetings during and after library hours.  The room books quickly, so call in advance to reserve your time and date.  Don’t forget you must have a library card!  Stop by and take advantage of the library’s new “media room” and enjoy a nice quiet space.

Finally, it’s that time of year where tax forms are in high demand.  This year the IRS is delivering forms and booklets as they become available.  Booklets are starting to trickle in, so it shouldn’t be much longer before we have them at the libraries.  Check back or call to check the status of tax form and booklet deliveries.  

Until next month!

Adults having fun making cheese!

Mont Belvieu kids enjoying storytime!

Winnie kids enjoying storytime!



Monday, January 06, 2014

 

December @ the Library

Chambers County Library System - December report

 
 
 
Total circulation:  225,035
 
Total database logons:  11,073
 
Program attendance:  14,479
 
Public computer logons:  24,713
 
Wireless logons:  4,523
 
Walk-in traffic:  140,555


One of the most popular questions asked by the public seems to always be, “Are people still checking out print books?”.  The answer is always a resounding “YES!”.  Our eBook/audiobook circulation continues to rise each month, and so does our print circulation.  In 2013, print circulation went up 5% from 2012.  Overdrive, our free audiobook/eBook downloadable service, had a 27% increase over last year’s numbers.  We’ve held several programs to get the public more familiar with Overdrive, so stay tuned for the next one, or just stop or call the library for help. 

 

Our program attendance was also up from 2012, and our overall circulation continues to climb.  I could not be more proud of this library system, the staff, and our wonderful public who continue to see the library as the best use of taxpayer’s money. 

 

We try our best to provide the best possible electronic content for our public, and one of our database resources that we provide (for free) to the public is called TexShare.  TexShare provides exclusive databases in areas of science, health, business, history and literature.  Plus homework help for students elementary through college.  The cost for Chambers County is $576, but broken down by vendor and without help from the state library, it would cost us $59,031.  A huge savings to the county, and a wonderful resource for the public. 

 
Some highlights of 2013 include:

 

·         Our highest circulation ever for the annual Summer Reading Program – 36,702!

·         Library received grant towards the purchase of 2 Early Literacy Station computers

·         Library received grant to digitize The Age newspapers

·         Assistant County Librarian, Annie Vass joined the team

·         Over $2,500 made in Friends of the library book sales

·         City of Mont Belvieu bond passes to help fund new library for the West Side

·         Library System partners with United Way to offer after school tutoring

 

Children’s programs in December mean Christmas, and along with singing, stories, and crafts, jolly old St. Nick showed up a couple of times as well. Our programs are geared for the elementary school-aged crowd, while our weekly story hours focus on preschoolers. The kids had a great time this year. Kudos to all of our children’s programming people for their work in planning the programs.

The Friends of the Chambers County Library System held their annual December book sale at Anahuac and Mont Belvieu.  Just over $1,200 was raised with the profits going to ongoing library programs.  The book sale offers books, movies, and magazines for less than $1 each.  Not a bad profit for a few days’ work!

We also received a nice surprise from our friends at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.  A donation was made to purchase books for the library on ecology, estuaries, marshes and related topics.  The library appreciates the continued support from the refuge.

And finally, throughout the year we keep statistics on the number of books checked out, walk-in traffic, program counts, database usage, and much more.  It’s all part of our efforts to maintain standards as they are set by the Texas State Library.  The standards include requirements in administration, collection, facility, finance, marketing, personnel, service, and technology.  The purpose of these standards is to promote quality library service, raise expectations of library clientele, and provide some official documentation to Commissioners’ court and potential funders who support the library.  Chambers County has always exceeded the minimum required standards and we hope our service to the public is representative of that. 

Until next month!
Winnie teens enjoy their field trip to see Catching Fire

County Librarian, Valerie Jensen accepts a donation from incoming Friends of the Anahuac Refuge Treasurer, Rose Bolt
 

Mont Belvieu staff pose with Santa at the after school Christmas party
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

 

November @ the Library

Chambers County Library System – November, 2013
Summer Reading is still a long way off, but that didn’t stop us from planning!  Usually, we have our Summer Reading planning meeting in February, but with the State Library now merging with the National Summer Reading Program, our deadlines have been pushed up a bit.  On the 15th, we had an afternoon planning meeting that lasted 4 hours.  The Branch Librarians, Children’s programmers and Teen programmers all attended to toss around ideas and nail down the specifics for 2014.  Next year’s theme is by far the best I’ve seen it in my 17+ years at this library, and the staff agrees; it’s going to be a fun summer and we can’t wait to kick off with fun activities and programs for all ages.  Of course, we start soliciting our local businesses for donations, so if you’re reading this and want to throw a few bucks our direction specifically for Summer Reading, be our guest!  All donations are tax deductible, and you get lots of free publicity. 

On the 12th, the Library Advisory Board met for their last quarterly meeting of the year.  We had several policies to update, which were all discussed and approved.  All our library policies are available on our website as well as the circulation desks at each branch for the public to view.  Board members were asked to renew their terms on the board, and with the exception of one member who is moving, everyone agreed to stay with us another 2 years.  Our current Board members representing all parts of the county include, Sam Little, Carolyn Caldwell, Marlin Moore, Youngshin Cobabe, Chris Ramsey, Sarah Kathan, and Katie Jackson.

In programming news, Anahuac held a “Technology Petting Zoo” to introduce patrons to the latest techie devices.  Two representatives from Best Buy brought the new iPad, Surface, Kindle and other devices to let patrons get a hands on feel for what they might want to wish for at Christmas.  Staff members were also on hand to answer questions about the library’s downloadable books, or other databases accessible from the latest gadgets.  Our downloadable book statistics continue to climb increasing 20% from last year. 

Winnie held a tween program to promote the latest installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  Staff member Kim Silcox had 15 youngsters enjoy book related games and activities.  Programs that tie into book releases are always a big draw for the kids. 

Libraries get a lot of foot traffic, and sometimes our carpet lets us know.  Special thanks to the maintenance department for allowing their employees time to work on the weekend for carpet cleaning.  The Anahuac and Mont Belvieu branches all have nice, clean carpet that desperately needed cleaning.

The Anahuac and Mont Belvieu branches held movie field trips to the latest Hunger Games movie. 
When Hollywood interprets books that are popular with the teens, we take advantage and let them have some fun critiquing the movie with their friends.  Field trips aren’t that often, but they are certainly popular with the older teens!  Of course we have ourselves covered with permission slips and county employees as drivers.  It’s a perk of the job, even if it is after hours. 


Until next month!

Anahuac teens at the movies!

Mont Belvieu teens at the movies!

Checking out the cool new gadgets at the Technology Petting Zoo at the 
Chambers County Library in Anahuac


Thursday, November 07, 2013

 

October at the library!

The seasonal round of holidays has begun at Chambers County Library System.  Halloween events were definitely the most sought after programs last month with 132 people attending.  And the teen programs didn’t disappoint either with after-hours lock-ins and other activities that kept close to 100 teens occupied.  We can’t wait to see what Christmas has in store! 

In other programming news, Anahuac staff member Lesa Boutin organized a unique program that allowed people the opportunity to take advantage of The Rose mobile mammography unit at the library.  Breast Cancer awareness month was the perfect time to promote the library’s resources on breast cancer, and also provide an alternative to the local doctor’s office to get screened.  Eighteen women took advantage of this opportunity and we received wonderful feedback.  Looks like this will become a yearly event, and we hope to partner with the Health Department next year. 

Branch Librarian, Aquilia De la Cruz had a hands-on enchilada making workshop on the 10th.  It was a very well-attended program with several requests for similar classes.  Cooking classes seem to be a hit with the local community, so be on the lookout for more in the future. 

Local Master Gardener A. Lynette Parsons and Susan Roshto did a “Fall Gardening with the Masters” program at Mont Belvieu.  21 people attended to hear advice on easy vegetable gardens, fall flowers, and pesky weeds.    

We often get invitations from the community asking us to set up at open houses, festivals, or requesting a library tour.  At Mont Belvieu, Missy Parham provided several tours for the Barbers Hill Kindergarten Center, Yolie Belt at Winnie visits East Chambers elementary for stories each Friday, also at Winnie, Kim Silcox visits the Arboretum twice a month to deliver books & movies to the elderly.  At Anahuac, LaShebia Haskin set up an information booth at Anahuac Middle School open house, and Michelle Mims provided a tour to the Met Head Start home based group.  All great examples of our ongoing mission to provide outreach to the community. 

Our Friends of the Chambers County Library System had a presence at the Barbers Hill Fall Fest on the 26th.  They were there to generate more buzz about the new library, and also sell raffle tickets to do a little fundraising.  Most of the people who passed by knew about the library, and others were very excited to hear the news.  Three Friends volunteers spent the day promoting the library non-stop.  It’s great to see that type of dedication for libraries!  

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Services of the American Librarian Association to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.  This year’s theme was, “Seek the Unknown @ Your Library”.  The Winnie branch paired their Halloween program during Teen Read Week with activities that included stargazing, galaxy t-shirts, and other eerie activities.

We also started the end of year task spending time with book vendors to prepare for the upcoming year.  Our regular vendors are all aware of our new budget funds of course, and they descend during November and January to tempt us with all those titles we so want to provide for our patrons. It’s a juggling act to buy what we need and to keep it in line with the budgeted funds.

Branch Librarians Aquilia De la Cruz, Cindy Alegria, and Missy Parham attended a Small Library Management Technology online course.  This course is part of the four part program towards the certification that non-MLS library managers must complete.  Aquilia and Missy are one step away from completing their certification, while Cindy has a couple more courses before she’s done.  This program takes about 2 years to finish, so it’s quite an accomplishment when completed! 

And finally, if you haven’t noticed them lately, your local Commissioners and County Judge grace the walls of the library in “Celebrity READ posters”. The American Library Association created a campaign to promote reading by having celebrities pose with their favorite book to be featured in a poster. The library purchased software to customize these posters with our own local celebrities and patrons and they generate quite a bit of attention! We’ve added a new “celebrity” to the walls, so next time you’re at the library, stop by and see if you can spot the latest County official. 

Master Gardener program at Mont Belvieu



Anahuac patrons enjoy the Halloween party

Commissioner Bubba Abernathy judges the pumpkin painting contest



Chambers County Sheriff, Brian Hawthorne poses for our "local celebrity" READ poster



Friday, October 04, 2013

 

Falling into September

Chambers County Library System – September, 2013

Fall programming is upon us, and the library staff have been busy bees planning all sorts of fun activities.  I think they’re having withdrawals since Summer Reading!   This time of year we welcome Toddler Time back into our regular routine.  Michelle, Yolie, and Missy have been cranking out some of the cutest crafts, games, and stories for the little ones.  These ladies do a wonderful job of keeping the toddlers engaged and excited about books and the library.  One of the Mont Belvieu regulars even has his own fan club for Missy, complete with a t-shirt that says, “I love Mrs. Missy”.  Now that’s a fan!  

September also starts festival time in Chambers County.  Starting with Anahuac, Gatorfest was once again a big draw for the county.  The library always has a presence in the educational tent promoting services and handing out flyers to let people know we’re here.  The biggest photo op this year seemed to be the big stuffed alligator in the center of the educational tent.  When not being used at Gatorfest, the 11 ft. alligator’s home is at the library sitting on top of our bookshelves.  He gets quite a bit of attention from the public.  Thanks goes out to the staff members who worked the booth. 

On the 5th, Anahuac branch librarian Aquilia De la Cruz attended a Small Library Management advanced workshop in Diboll on Building and Sustaining Partnerships.  Aquilia has almost completed the 2 year program, which provides intensive training for library staff managing smaller community libraries.  Three staff members are currently enrolled in the program. 
In other programming news, staff member Lesa Boutin coordinated with The Rose Mobile Mammography to allow an alternative to the doctor’s office and hospital for the public to get their mammograms.  Pre-registration has been a success and we anticipate this to be a yearly event. 

September 22-28 marked Banned Books Week for libraries.  Banned Books Week was celebrated, so to speak, at all three libraries, with very interesting, and different, displays at each site. The displays tended to generate discussion by the patrons with the staff, some of it not quite what we might have expected! But that, of course, is part of the whole effort behind Banned Books Week – to get people talking about censorship, the books that have been challenged, and to get them thinking about their own opinions of the same.

County Librarian, Valerie Jensen and Assistant County Librarian, Annie Vass have been able to spend a little time writing grants recently.  Grants are usually left on the backburner because they require quite a bit of office time to focus on the writing, and with us out and about at the branches, we don’t get a whole lot of that.  But we are proud to say we were both successful at our attempts to get funding for a couple of items we’ve had on our “wish lists”.  Annie wrote a grant to the Ladd & Katherine Hancher Foundation to purchase 2 Early Literacy computer stations.  These computers provide kids with over 60 educational games on a very durable touchscreen computer.  All of the libraries now have these computers for public use, and the little ones just love them.  Valerie wrote our second grant to ask for the digitization of The Age newspapers.  The Age was the first newspaper in Chambers County and has information dating back to the late 1800’s to present day reporting various happenings throughout the county.  The papers will be scanned and housed at the University of North Texas’ Portal to Texas History website.  One of the goals at the library is to continue to provide access to the rich local history Chambers County has to offer.  The Age will soon be available for public access to view, search, and print.   

Until next month!

Adalyn Hoskins enjoying teddy bear storytime at Anahuac

Banned Books Week display at Mont Belvieu

Missy's littlest storytime fan at Mont Belvieu

Noe Mejia and his son enjoy the new kids computer at Anahuac


 

Calm after the storm

Chambers County Library System – August, 2013

August was another busy month in the Library System.  With summer reading behind us, we turn our sights on fall programming, which we anticipate you’ll be happy to see!  One thing I want to mention is the wonderful summer help staff we had this year.  The student workers were hired at each library and all did an exceptional job during our busiest time of year.  The “summer helper” program is sponsored by Commissioners’ Court above the Library System’s budget.  The students provided immense amounts of assistance, not only in getting ready for programs, but in performing a wide variety of tasks that our regular staff can’t get to during the year.  The salaries provided to these young people help them greatly in our area, where jobs are scarce, and it is a bonus of $12,245 to the library system.   

August allowed us to also do some in-house staff training.  We’re very fortunate to have a talented group of staff members who enjoy sharing their “areas of expertise” with everyone.  We took advantage of their knowledge by having several cross training workshops.  We started the month with an Intro to Genealogy taught by Winnie staff member Mary Abshire.  Mary is the resident genealogy guru and several other staff attended to learn her tricks and tips.  The class went so well that the West Chambers Branch will have their first Genealogy for Beginners program in September.   Next up was an opportunity for our Children’s Programmers to meet and brainstorm.  Our newest kid staffer is Yolie Belt from Winnie and she fit right in with the gang.  The ladies enjoyed sharing ideas in their effort to provide quality kids programs throughout the school year.  And finally, County Librarian, Valerie Jensen did a book mending class.  Yes, there is such a thing as mending a book the right way!  The class allowed 8 of the library staff to do some hands on training to fix broken spines and torn pages. 

On the 13th the Library Advisory Board met for their quarterly meeting.  The Volunteer policy and Interlibrary Loan policy were up for discussion and approval.  The board approved all changes, which take effect immediately.  Their next meeting is scheduled for November. 

County Librarian Valerie Jensen, and Assistant County Librarian Annie Vass attended a United Way Development Committee meeting on the 14th.  United Way is working on a presence in Chambers County to address the needs of the citizens.  One area that the library will potentially be involved is by providing a Homework Help program twice weekly for students who will be provided with transportation to and from the library.  Once the details are lined out and funding is in place, we will provide more information about the program.  The library is excited about getting involved and anticipate great results! 

A couple of fun programs that took place in August were a Back to School bash at Anahuac and Winnie.  Both libraries provided activities for the school age crowd.  A backpack race, movie, Angry birds, snacks, and more were on hand for the kids.  All total there were over 100 people in attendance.  It’s a great way to get kids excited about school and the library, and it seems we’ve started a yearly trend!  The West Chambers Branch held a cooking class for the little ones complete with edible crayons.  The kids loved being able to eat the treats they created!  Also on the West Side, the teens had a couple of fun activities with their inflatable Twister game, and a field trip to see City of Bones.

Branch Librarian Aquilia De la Cruz was asked by Anahuac Middle School to attend 6th grade orientation to assist with online registration for Spanish speaking parents.  Aquilia has a reputation with the Hispanic community as an excellent computer teacher providing classes that help parents become comfortable with basic computer skills, creating email addresses, printing documents, and accessing the Skyward program through the school.  Her classes are in high demand and word of mouth about the classes sparked the idea from the school to involve the library staff with assistance on orientation night. 

And finally, our Assistant County Librarian completed her Master’s in Library Science (MLS) degree in August.  Annie attended her graduation at the University of North Texas in Denton.  Having another MLS on staff will be extremely beneficial in many ways to the library! 


Until next month!

Back to school bash at Anahuac

Kids cooking class at Mont Belvieu

The ladies of Chambers County Library System storytime





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