Library System – March, 2014
March came and went in a flash and the libraries were
buzzing as usual with almost 10,000 people coming through our doors. It’s such a wonderful thing to see the amount
of people visiting, but I shouldn’t be surprised with the talented and
dedicated staff we have providing our county with such quality programs and
Speaking of being busy, this time of year our newly
purchased books with our new budget have all been cataloged. But over the last couple of years, other
services such as Interlibrary Loan, book sales, inventory, summer reading
preparation, etc. have picked up and overshadowed this priority. People don’t always think about the work and
time that goes into getting all those pretty books, DVDs, Interlibrary Loans,
audiobooks, and other materials to their hands for checkout. But it takes a great deal of effort and eye
for detail. We’ve been forced to take an
hour here and there from an existing staff at Anahuac to help lessen the load
from our Technical Services Librarian, Kathy Fielding so we’re able to stay on
task. With the upcoming new library on
the west side, all these “behind the scenes” jobs will increase and so will the
need for additional personnel in that department. I have to give a huge thank you to Kathy who
has done a stellar job at keeping Tech Services running smoothly and those
popular best sellers on the shelves in a timely manner.
March started with our annual “Read Across America” programs
celebrating the anniversary of the birth of children’s author, Dr. Seuss. Each year on or near March 2, the birthday of
Dr. Seuss is celebrated by encouraging adults and children to read together. All 3 Chambers County libraries celebrated
Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a special visit from Cat in the Hat and celebrated
with reading some Dr. Seuss, activities, games, and other fun activities.
After-school tutorials continue at the Chambers County
Library in Anahuac. Students attend
weekly tutorial sessions led by volunteer tutors and library staff. Volunteers are always needed on a rotating
basis to help the middle school aged students with their math and reading
homework. Contact Aquilia De la Cruz if
you are interested at, 409-267-2554.
Teens at Anahuac and
Mont Belvieu were treated to a field trip to see the popular film adaptation of
Divergent. Divergent is the first in a
popular book trilogy for teens, and our reserve list is pages long!
In January, GED and ESL classes were put on hiatus. We attempted to seek alternate funding to
support the program and thanks to the Anahuac Municipal Development District,
they have agreed to fund the program for the next year. GED and ESL classes have always been well
attended and much needed, and with this grant we’ll be able to purchase new and
updated materials for students. If
you’re interested in attending any of these classes, please contact the Anahuac
branch at 409-267-2554. Classes will
resume May 5.
The County Employee Health and Benefits Fair, held on the 26th,
was an opportunity for the library system to preach to our peers. Our library booth featured a variety of
exercise, disease, and health-oriented DVDs and books. We also managed to work in a few items of
interest from our general collection, like our online database programs for
downloading audiobooks, and other online services. Quite a few employees who stopped were very
interested in what we can offer them. We
also managed to get a donation of fruit from Food Town in Baytown. Apples, bananas, and oranges were quite a hit
with our visitors!
Until next month!
Assistant County Librarian, Annie Vass at the Employee Health Fair
Mont Belvieu kids enjoy storytime!
Anahuac kids enjoy Dr. Seuss!