Thursday, August 04, 2011


Another Successful Summer!

2011 has been a successful year so far at the Chambers County Library System and we have the statistics to prove it. With Summer Reading winding down we circulated a total of 59,991 items in the months of June and July alone. A total of 24,126 books were read by the kids, 3,023 hours by the teens and 1,220 books by the adults. An overall increase of 26% in enrollment for 2011. Quite impressive! Ending out the summer, our resident funny man, Jeffrey Gardner was back again for another exciting end of Summer Reading show for the kids. Thanks to the Loan Star Libraries grant funding (which unfortunately ends this year), we were able to give the kids another fun year with Mr. Gardner and “Roosevelt the Rat”! Teens also enjoyed gaming events, movies and fun games provided by some energetic staff members!

Mont Belvieu braved a book sale the last week of Summer Reading with several Friends of CCLS volunteers as well as some patrons who wanted to donate their time to help. These volunteers are priceless and we thank them very much for the hard work involved in these book sales. Their efforts paid off with a $795 profit! Speaking of hard workers, the Judge and Commissioners once again provided us with extra help this summer to assist the staff with their busiest time of year. Their time with us ends in a couple of weeks and we’re grateful to have them the short time we did. Their time with us was and always is well spent.

If you’ve been in the Anahuac library lately you’ve probably noticed a little extra noise and movement going on. Thanks to Building Maintenance and the trustees from the probation department, Technical Services is getting new tiled floors. Having just had the meeting room floor tiled a few weeks ago, we’re happy to have this long awaited project completed. A huge thanks from the employees of the library for a job well done and ahead of schedule.

Chambers County Library System is announcing our latest technological venture. Coming soon, library cardholders will be able to check out laptops from all the branch libraries. These laptops were a donation from the Barbers Hill Independent School District and a special thanks goes to their Information Technology division, School Board and Superintendent for this generous donation. Library cardholders will have the ability to check out laptops for in-library use only in compliance with our Circulating Laptop Policy pending approval by the Library Advisory Board.

Our card catalog software, Verso, has a new feature for iPhone users. A free App called “iLib2Go” is currently available for iPhone users only. Apps for Android and Blackberry users are in the works. This free App allows patrons to view their account and search the Chambers County Library System catalog in the palm of their hands. Several patrons have already used this and love the convenience of having the library at their fingertips.

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