Library System – January, 2013
January 1 is always the library’s favorite day of the
year. It’s the day our new budget kicks
in, and we can take a deep breath knowing we don’t have to squeak by like we do
in the later months of the year. Our vendors start calling in November to
reserve their spot to show off their new titles and products we desperately
want to provide for our patrons. We try
to stay within our budget to provide for the public, but it’s always a
balancing act since there are so many new services libraries can offer.
A couple of those new services we will start offering in
March include, ChiltonLibrary and Powerspeak Languages. Chilton is a familiar name with those who
frequent our auto repair section.
Patrons will be able to log in with their library card and print or view
maintenance, repair, or recall information.
The online Chilton library covers current vehicles all the way back to
1940. Of course those Chilton books will
still be available for checkout!
Powerspeak Languages is our next new database. It’s a wonderful tool to learn a new
language. Powerspeak has been compared
to Rosetta Stone in its success rate and ease of use with video/audio tutorials
and interactive lessons. Languages that
will be available are Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, and English
Online services are increasingly popular with libraries and
Chambers County Library System is proof of that. In December our website saw over 6,000 hits
that took patrons to places like Overdrive for downloadable eBooks and
audiobooks. Free downloadable music,
free newspaper access, Ancestry, resume makers, and hundreds of other informative
databases are heavily used each month.
If you haven’t checked them out lately, go to the library’s website at www.chambers.lib.tx.us
and click on the image slider to explore
The Juanita Hargraves Memorial Library in Winnie held a
Community Book Swap sponsored by some East Chambers ISD teachers. Lisa Ledoux and Kellie Rogers brought books to
swap with patrons who either wanted something new, or decided to donate to the
cause. Quite a few patrons took
advantage of the swap and requested more in the future.
In other programming highlights, Anahuac offered a Spring
gardening class and the Book Club celebrated 5 years with a trip to
Luna’s. Winnie held a teen Superhero
day, and Hobbit Day along with their Community Book Swap. And this year, Mont Belvieu took on the Anime
Winter Ball with teens from Anahuac and Mont Belvieu coming together to talk
anime, manga, draw, play videogames, and enjoy a night at the library sharing
And finally, it’s that time of year where tax forms are in
high demand. This year the IRS is
delivering forms and booklets as they become available. For taxpayers who can file their return
beginning January 30, those forms have been received and are available free of
charge at your local branch. Forms that
can’t be filed beginning January 30 are not yet available. Check back or call to check the status of tax
form and booklet deliveries.
Until next month!
Met Head Start taking a tour in Anahuac!
Local author, Lori Kaiser signing her latest book at Mont Belvieu!
Winnie toddlers enjoying Lego day!