Library System – September, 2014
The annual Texas Gatorfest always brings thousands of people
to beautiful Chambers County. It’s a
time when the local folks can proudly promote their community, and the library
loves to join in and be a part of this yearly festival. Anahuac staff members Aquilia De la Cruz,
LaShebia Haskin, and Michelle Mims had a booth in the Alligator Educational
tent Saturday and Sunday. These ladies
worked hard preparing flyers and handouts to promote the library and its
services to not only the locals, but also letting the “out-of-towners” see what
great library service is all about. Each
year we receive such great comments about the library, and people who live
hundreds of miles away always mention that they love their local library. It’s great to hear how much libraries mean to
people from all over the area.
September 21-27 was Banned Books Week for libraries across the
nation. Banned Books Week was celebrated, so to speak, at all three libraries,
with very interesting, and different, displays at each site. The displays
tended to generate discussion by the patrons with the staff, some of it not
quite what we might have expected! But
that, of course, is part of the whole effort behind Banned Books Week – to get
people talking about censorship, the books that have been challenged, and to
get them thinking about their own opinions of the same.
County Librarian Valerie Jensen and Assistant County
Librarian Annie Vass were busy this month attending webinars for a state funded
grant the library received for iPads to assist with the after-school tutoring
sessions at Anahuac. We’re required to
report to the state library each quarter with performance and financial
updates. We’re excited to see the
tutorials get started back up.
Annie and I, along with Branch Librarian Missy Parham
attended a couple of meetings for the Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch
Library. We’re already picking out
furniture, carpet, and fabric. The
design process is going very well, and we can’t wait until we break ground
later this year (or early next).
On September 15th
, we received our annual
Accreditation letter. Libraries in the
state of Texas must adhere to certain personnel, finance, technology, and
service standards in order to be an accredited library. By receiving this recognition, it shows that
the library has proven its value and importance to the community. Chambers County Library System prides itself
on exemplary standards, according to the Texas State Library, proving we go
above and beyond to stay current in library trends.
Staff member, Shelby Fielding organized a Fall Gardening
program on the 24th
. A packed
house attended to hear from local master gardeners. Presenters brought butterflies in various
stages, talked about local plants to attract butterflies, and were on hand to
answer gardening questions from the group.
Our wonderful Friends of the library group decided they wanted
to award the branches with a free lunch to say “thank you” for all the hard
work during Summer Reading. Members of
the Executive Board delivered sandwiches, chips, drinks, and dessert for the
entire staff to enjoy. The Friends make
Summer Reading possible, and without their
support we wouldn’t be able to provide such great programs for our
Kids enjoy the snapping alligator at Gatorfest!
Kids enjoy the Homeschool Science program at Mont Belvieu