Tuesday, May 08, 2007


Spring Events & New Authors

April provided the library system with another opportunity to show the communities some of the things we do best. We kicked off the first week with Easter parties for the young set, and there were various activities in the three branches, from egg hunts to visits by that old rascal himself, the Easter Bunny. The pre-school crowd may have been familiar with Santa, but a 6-foot tall rabbit proved a bit intimidating to most of them!

The Winnie branch staff members were able to take advantage of the County’s offer of CPR classes on the 4th, while the County Librarian covered for them. Staff members at Mont Belvieu, Anahuac, and Tech Services have been trying to work themselves into the monthly classes provided by the Emergency Management department, and we fervently hope that everyone who wants to take the class will have managed to do so by the end of the year. Each of our sites has a defibrillator available, and new rules on these machines, and new standards for CPR techniques make re-training invaluable.

Movies were also popular this month, with the family hit “Happy Feet” shown at Anahuac and Winnie. The IMAX film “Deep Sea” was shown to about 100 ECISD kindergarten students, who visited while others in their building took the annual TAKS test. Suellyn Melder, our Children’s specialist at Mont Belvieu, got a chance to take her show on the road on the 13th, when she set up a booth for the BHISD Ag Adventure Day.

Saturday, April 21 was a bit windy, but the weather was lovely for the Friends of CCLS Gently Used Book Sale. They were joined by the Teen Advisory Board, who set up their own event nearby. The teens held a Yard Sale, and were pretty successful, but the Friends did a great job, drawing in huge crowds. Most of the books were sold, the Friends replenished their coffers, the new Executive Board members were initiated into their volunteer jobs, and Assistant County Librarian Valerie Jensen was extremely glad it all was over at the end of the day. Kudos to everyone involved.!

And to end this narrative on another very happy note, we have an officially published author on staff! Lesa Boutin, Library Tech at the West Chambers Branch, got the first delivery of her new book on April 23. She was promptly called to her old haunts at the AISD Middle School to do a book talk, and her entertaining novel is already selling well. We plan to show her off with author signing events at the libraries in the coming weeks. The title is: “Amanda Noble, Zookeeper Extraordinaire.”

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