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
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
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.
Canines & Cocktails at Anahuac
"Dot" story time at Winnie
Ultimate Frisbee at Mont Belvieu
Anahuac staff at Gatorfest
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
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
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
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
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
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
Chambers County Library System - July report
at a Glance:
enrollment – up 8%
program attendance - up 51%
enrollment – up 7% from 2014
circulation June/July – 65,697
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
Aquilia De la Cruz gets ready for Summer Reading at the Chambers County Library
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.
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
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
Librarian, Annie Vass shows off the Walmart grant with her sidekick, Wonder
On the 16th
, the young people of Anahuac held
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!