Monday, May 07, 2012


Chambers County Library System – April, 2012

This 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 parties

·         Edible books contest

·         Homeschool program

·         Movie nights

·         Weekly story time

·         Overdrive app workshop

·         Dia de los ninos

·         Computer classes

·         Teen game nights

·         Craft club

·         Anime clubs

·         Writers group for adults and teens

·         Book club

·         Genealogy group

·         Outreach visits to the local day cares,

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!

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