Chambers County Library System –
is still a long way off, but that didn’t stop us from planning! Usually, we have our Summer Reading planning
meeting in February, but with the State Library now merging with the National
Summer Reading Program, our deadlines have been pushed up a bit. On the 15th, we had an afternoon
planning meeting that lasted 4 hours.
The Branch Librarians, Children’s programmers and Teen programmers all
attended to toss around ideas and nail down the specifics for 2014. Next year’s theme is by far the best I’ve
seen it in my 17+ years at this library, and the staff agrees; it’s going to be
a fun summer and we can’t wait to kick off with fun activities and programs for
all ages. Of course, we start soliciting
our local businesses for donations, so if you’re reading this and want to throw
a few bucks our direction specifically for Summer Reading, be our guest! All donations are tax deductible, and you get
lots of free publicity.
On the 12th,
the Library Advisory Board met for their last quarterly meeting of the
year. We had several policies to update,
which were all discussed and approved.
All our library policies are available on our website as well as the
circulation desks at each branch for the public to view. Board members were asked to renew their terms
on the board, and with the exception of one member who is moving, everyone
agreed to stay with us another 2 years.
Our current Board members representing all parts of the county include,
Sam Little, Carolyn Caldwell, Marlin Moore, Youngshin Cobabe, Chris Ramsey,
Sarah Kathan, and Katie Jackson.
news, Anahuac held a “Technology Petting Zoo” to introduce patrons to the
latest techie devices. Two
representatives from Best Buy brought the new iPad, Surface, Kindle and other
devices to let patrons get a hands on feel for what they might want to wish for
at Christmas. Staff members were also on
hand to answer questions about the library’s downloadable books, or other
databases accessible from the latest gadgets.
Our downloadable book statistics continue to climb increasing 20% from
Winnie held a
tween program to promote the latest installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid
series. Staff member Kim Silcox had 15
youngsters enjoy book related games and activities. Programs that tie into book releases are
always a big draw for the kids.
Libraries get a
lot of foot traffic, and sometimes our carpet lets us know. Special thanks to the maintenance department
for allowing their employees time to work on the weekend for carpet
cleaning. The Anahuac and Mont Belvieu
branches all have nice, clean carpet that desperately needed cleaning.
The Anahuac and
Mont Belvieu branches held movie field trips to the latest Hunger Games
When Hollywood interprets books that are popular with the teens, we take
advantage and let them have some fun critiquing the movie with their
friends. Field trips aren’t that often,
but they are certainly popular with the older teens! Of course we have ourselves covered with
permission slips and county employees as drivers. It’s a perk of the job, even if it is after
Anahuac teens at the movies!
Mont Belvieu teens at the movies!
Checking out the cool new gadgets at the Technology Petting Zoo at the
Chambers County Library in Anahuac