Library System – April, 2012
time of year we start gathering statistics for the State Library annual
report. Each of the monthly statistical
reports we send to our Library Advisory Board, County Commissioners, and to the
staff are compiled with other information and sent to the Texas State
Library. As long as our County meets the
local funding requirements for our assigned population, and our collection is
the appropriate size per capita, we are certified for another year. This year we had to incorporate some
additional statistics. Our two newest
services, Newsbank and Cypress Resume are online services. The County provided for these databases and
already our numbers for these are proving to be well worth the money.
The County Librarian shuttled all the staff members to the
annual Texas Library Association conference in Houston. Each year the conference rotates between
Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, so we take full advantage of attending
when it comes our way. The annual
conference draws thousands of librarians from across the state to hear programs
on current topics relevant to libraries. One of our staff received a scholarship as a
first time attendee. Staff attended
several programs on topics such as social media, professional development,
adult programming, and marketing. Everyone came back inspired, which is what we
want! Several of the staff was featured
on an author’s website.
The County Employee Health and Benefits Fair, held on the
12th, 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, books, and magazines, in both
English and Spanish. Quite a few
employees who stopped were very interested in what we can offer them. We even handed out bananas, which turned out
to be a very popular addition.
Staff member LaShebia Haskin along with the County
Librarian took the Anahuac Anime Club officers to the annual Anime Matsuri
convention in the Woodlands. This
convention is similar to the one held each year in Anahuac where fans of Anime,
Manga and all things related to Japanese culture are featured. The teens took back ideas for the 6th
Ana-Con which is being held May 26th. Plans for this event usually start in
February since it’s one of our biggest events of the year next to Summer
Reading. Teens come from Baytown,
Houston, Dayton and other areas to join our locals in all sorts of activities
and fun. Due to popular demand, Ana-Con
will be open to all ages this year.
In programming news, 740 children, 139 adults, and 96 teens
took advantage of what we
offered for the month of April.
After school Easter
Writers group for
adults and teens
Outreach visits to the
local day cares,
MET Head Start and
the Winnie Arboretum
Mont Belvieu staff poses with author, Carol Casey at the Texas Library Association Conference in Houston.
Staff member, Melba Gmelch does her final art project for the library before uprooting to the great State of New Mexico.
Anahuac Craft Club busy making their latest goodie of the month!