Library System – February, 2013
In addition to Valentine’s Day and Black History Month, February
was also Library Lovers’ Month! The staff
took advantage of this special month by promoting the library’s services with unique
and eye-catching displays. Anahuac had a
“Library Valentine Tree” where patrons could write a Valentine to their
library. Mont Belvieu invited patrons to
go on a “Blind Date” with a book, and all 3 branches had Black History
materials on display throughout the month.
Patrons enjoy seeing the different displays, and you never know what
you’ll get with the creativity of the staff.
Our display racks are placed close to the checkout desk so it’s the
equivalent of the candy aisle at the store – someone usually grabs something
On the 7th the staff gathered to hammer out the
details of our upcoming Summer Reading Program.
It’s still several months away, but in order to get all those programs,
sponsors, orders, and last minute details finalized, our planning process needs
to start at the beginning of the year. We’re
looking forward to another great summer full of fun programs and activities for
all ages. The Friends of Chambers County
Library System are our major underwriter for the Summer Reading Program along
with the County. Any additional funds
needed (and there always is), gets done with grants that the County Librarian
writes to several local entities involved in community giving programs.
The Friends of the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge donated
money to the library for the purchase of children’s books on ecology,
estuaries, marshes and related topics.
These subject areas of the collection continue to teach the elementary and middle school
students about nature and wildlife as it applies to them locally.
General Meeting of the Friends of the Chambers County Library System was held
on February 23rd this year. The Friends, as an independent group of
library supporters and cardholders, is a vital link for the library system to
the community at large. Over 250 individuals and business owners hold
memberships, and their dues, coupled with fund raisers, make up the bulk of
funds used by the library staff for programming supplies. They have also been
able to provide us with additional equipment and furniture over the years that
could not be purchased otherwise. The meeting was well attended, and our
Executive Board promises to be enthusiastic and dedicated. One of the topics of discussion was the new
West Chambers Branch Library progress.
The Friends met with architects, JT ARC Studios from Houston to discuss
the direction the Friends want to go as they pursue their portion of the funds
needed towards the building project.
As the search
continues for an Assistant County Librarian, we decided to do a temporary
personnel change until we find our lucky candidate. Technical Librarian Kathy Fielding will be
assigned some Assistant County Librarian clerical duties to give the County
Librarian some time to catch up on some projects that have been on the back
burner. To fill in the time Kathy will
be taken from her Technical duties, a temporary part-time employee will pick up
the slack at 20 hours per week. We thank
the court for allowing this brief change so we can continue to keep up the pace
of our busy library!
Until next month!
Enjoying Valentine's Day storytime at Mont Belvieu
Winnie kids AND MOMS enjoying storytime
Kids enjoying books purchased with funds donated by the Friends of the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge