Thursday, November 07, 2013


October at the library!

The seasonal round of holidays has begun at Chambers County Library System.  Halloween events were definitely the most sought after programs last month with 132 people attending.  And the teen programs didn’t disappoint either with after-hours lock-ins and other activities that kept close to 100 teens occupied.  We can’t wait to see what Christmas has in store! 

In other programming news, Anahuac staff member Lesa Boutin organized a unique program that allowed people the opportunity to take advantage of The Rose mobile mammography unit at the library.  Breast Cancer awareness month was the perfect time to promote the library’s resources on breast cancer, and also provide an alternative to the local doctor’s office to get screened.  Eighteen women took advantage of this opportunity and we received wonderful feedback.  Looks like this will become a yearly event, and we hope to partner with the Health Department next year. 

Branch Librarian, Aquilia De la Cruz had a hands-on enchilada making workshop on the 10th.  It was a very well-attended program with several requests for similar classes.  Cooking classes seem to be a hit with the local community, so be on the lookout for more in the future. 

Local Master Gardener A. Lynette Parsons and Susan Roshto did a “Fall Gardening with the Masters” program at Mont Belvieu.  21 people attended to hear advice on easy vegetable gardens, fall flowers, and pesky weeds.    

We often get invitations from the community asking us to set up at open houses, festivals, or requesting a library tour.  At Mont Belvieu, Missy Parham provided several tours for the Barbers Hill Kindergarten Center, Yolie Belt at Winnie visits East Chambers elementary for stories each Friday, also at Winnie, Kim Silcox visits the Arboretum twice a month to deliver books & movies to the elderly.  At Anahuac, LaShebia Haskin set up an information booth at Anahuac Middle School open house, and Michelle Mims provided a tour to the Met Head Start home based group.  All great examples of our ongoing mission to provide outreach to the community. 

Our Friends of the Chambers County Library System had a presence at the Barbers Hill Fall Fest on the 26th.  They were there to generate more buzz about the new library, and also sell raffle tickets to do a little fundraising.  Most of the people who passed by knew about the library, and others were very excited to hear the news.  Three Friends volunteers spent the day promoting the library non-stop.  It’s great to see that type of dedication for libraries!  

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Services of the American Librarian Association to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.  This year’s theme was, “Seek the Unknown @ Your Library”.  The Winnie branch paired their Halloween program during Teen Read Week with activities that included stargazing, galaxy t-shirts, and other eerie activities.

We also started the end of year task spending time with book vendors to prepare for the upcoming year.  Our regular vendors are all aware of our new budget funds of course, and they descend during November and January to tempt us with all those titles we so want to provide for our patrons. It’s a juggling act to buy what we need and to keep it in line with the budgeted funds.

Branch Librarians Aquilia De la Cruz, Cindy Alegria, and Missy Parham attended a Small Library Management Technology online course.  This course is part of the four part program towards the certification that non-MLS library managers must complete.  Aquilia and Missy are one step away from completing their certification, while Cindy has a couple more courses before she’s done.  This program takes about 2 years to finish, so it’s quite an accomplishment when completed! 

And finally, if you haven’t noticed them lately, your local Commissioners and County Judge grace the walls of the library in “Celebrity READ posters”. The American Library Association created a campaign to promote reading by having celebrities pose with their favorite book to be featured in a poster. The library purchased software to customize these posters with our own local celebrities and patrons and they generate quite a bit of attention! We’ve added a new “celebrity” to the walls, so next time you’re at the library, stop by and see if you can spot the latest County official. 

Master Gardener program at Mont Belvieu

Anahuac patrons enjoy the Halloween party

Commissioner Bubba Abernathy judges the pumpkin painting contest

Chambers County Sheriff, Brian Hawthorne poses for our "local celebrity" READ poster

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