Library System – January, 2014
January 1 brings the library’s new budget year, and with
that we begin the fun task of ordering new books, supplies, equipment, and
other services for our public. It’s
always exciting when we get the opportunity to fulfill all our patron book
In programming news, the Chambers County Library in Anahuac
celebrated 6 years of book club. The
ladies had dinner at Luna’s and discussed their latest read, Where’d you go,
. Book club has quickly
become a popular program at all 3 branches.
Winnie and Mont Belvieu’s clubs recently turned 1! Besides book club, the adults had several
other programs to choose from. Count
Librarian, Valerie Jensen taught a beginning cheese making class with over 30
attendees. Everyone enjoyed a sample,
and even got to make their own homemade mozzarella. Basic computer classes (also in Spanish),
craft club, and genealogy rounded out the month.
The teens also had their share of fun. Winnie tweens and teens had crafts and a
movie day, while Mont Belvieu held Yukikon, a Japanese Winter Ball complete
with video games, food, and music. Over
30 teens attended, and a fun time was had by all. It’s great to how programs that started at
one branch have spread in popularity throughout the county. Means we’re doing something right!
The new library working group for the West Chambers Branch
library is made up of County Librarian Valerie Jensen, Assistant County
Librarian Annie Vass, Commissioner Gary Nelson, County Engineer Bobby Hall,
Superintendent Greg Poole, and City Representatives Bryan Easum and Nathan
Watkins. For the past year, we’ve been
doing quite a bit of behind the scenes work to make the Sam and Carmena Goss
Memorial Branch Library a reality. Last
week the final Interlocal agreement was passed, and soon the fun starts with
floor plans and design. This is
definitely a dream come true for yours truly, not to mention the staff, and
citizens on the West side. Valerie and
Annie also attended a webinar with the State Library about the updates with the
Annual Report, and also spent time finalizing some local community grants as
well as grants with the Texas Book Festival.
Our plates stay pretty full!
In personnel news, we recently added 2 new Librarian
Technicians to our team. Becky Storey is
providing some much needed front desk relief at Mont Belvieu, and Shelby
Fielding has jumped in at Anahuac taking on computer classes, craft club, and
fills in at book club when needed.
A big thank you to Building Maintenance and IT for their
fast help setting up the Anahuac meeting room.
It’s now complete with a mounted projector and surround sound to make
movie nights even more enjoyable. Also,
a television plays most days for patrons to enjoy the news or other educational
channels. This room is one of the few
places available for public meetings during and after library hours. The room books quickly, so call in advance to
reserve your time and date. Don’t forget
you must have a library card! Stop by
and take advantage of the library’s new “media room” and enjoy a nice quiet
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.
Booklets are starting to trickle in, so it shouldn’t be much longer
before we have them at the libraries. Check
back or call to check the status of tax form and booklet deliveries.
Adults having fun making cheese!
Mont Belvieu kids enjoying storytime!
Winnie kids enjoying storytime!