Tuesday, May 03, 2011


April @ the Library

Egg hunt at the Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch

April was once again a busy month for the library. On the 26th, the library was presented with a check at Commissioners Court from Entergy. Entergy awarded the library money to update the juvenile non-fiction collection. We are very grateful to Entergy for their ongoing support of the library.

April brought several visits from the Easter Bunny with fun activities for the toddlers and after-school kids. Lots of egg related activities were on hand for the kids and the turnout at all the libraries was “egg-cellent”!
On the 14th, Jean Abshier Forrest represented the Friends of the Chambers County Library System at the Chambers Health volunteer recognition reception. Jean is currently the President of the Friends Board and created a great display featuring numerous library publications, resources, and materials available to the public. As part of the Friends activities, the 5th annual Edible Books Festival was held on April 1st. There were once again many clever entries that involved a lot of hard work! The winners were Debbie and Jordan Holland for their edible creation of Humpty Dumpty. Along with the Edible Books Festival, the Friends Gently Used Book Sale was on its 3rd day of successful sales. The sale generated over $300 with only a few books left. It’s great to see so many people from all over the county show up to the sales. Proceeds from these events help to underwrite library programs and services.

Teens at Anahuac also hosted a fundraiser during the first few days of the month. The Anahuac Anime Club is gearing up for their biggest event of the year. Ana-Con, a small anime convention, will be held on May 21st and requires quite a bit of preparation and organization from the group. It’s great to see the teen’s active and involved in the library. Money raised from the events will go towards new Anime and Manga for the Young Adult collection.

Assistant County Librarian Adrienne Cain attended the Texas Library Association’s (TLA) Annual Conference in Austin. The annual conference draws thousands of librarians from across the state to hear programs on current topics relevant to libraries. Adrienne attended several programs on topics such as social media, professional development, adult programming, and job seeker information. She came back inspired and shared her experiences with the staff. Look for a few changes to come soon! Also at TLA, the Young Adult Round Table sponsored the 4th Texas Teens 4 Libraries program. One of the events that take place at (TT4L) is a book talk program where teens statewide submit book trailers to be viewed at the conference. County Librarian Valerie Jensen led this program back in 2010. Barber’s Hill ISD Middle School teacher, Karen Webb brought her class for a 2nd year and most of them submitted book trailers for the program. One of the teens did a live book talk and caught the attention of the author who personally thanked her for her interpretation of the book.

This month also brought quite a few little ones to the library. The Pre-K and Kindergarten classes from East Chambers ISD visited the library during TAKS week. Children’s Librarian Christi Silcox with the help of Cindy Alegria, took the kids on a tour, heard stories, and ate popcorn. The teachers and students look forward to their visits at the library – not to mention the library staff! It’s great to get the little ones interested in the library!

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