circulation: 230,030 – 6% increase from
Total walk in
traffic: 140,815 – 2% increase from 2013
attendance: 17,044 – 16% increase from
logons: 5,294 – 17% increase from 2013
usage: 16,742 - 51% increase from 2013
Some highlights of 2014
Our highest circulation ever for the
annual Summer Reading Program – 46,371!
Library received a grant from the Texas
State Library towards the purchase of 10 iPads for after-school tutorial
Three new staff members joined the CCLS
The Friends of the library made $2,648
in book sales
Highest Friends membership in the
library’s history with 478 members
All 3 branch librarians completed their
Small Library Management training
We started off the month of December with our annual staff
training and county safety meeting on the 4th
. It’s rare that we’re all in the same room at
once, so this gives us an opportunity to introduce new staff to everyone, and
also have training on topics that might need a little extra attention. Of course we all bring breakfast goodies to
snack on! It’s wonderful to have such a
dedicated group of ladies working for this library system. I must say they’re a great bunch to have.
December also begins the task of preparing for the new
budget year. Vendors begin their calls
to schedule meeting times to share their latest books and products. We generally have a select group of book vendors
we deal with and this allows us to get some great selections for the collection
in both print and digital.
In programming news, the libraries were hopping with kids
and teens. Anahuac held their annual
“Twas the night” event with Mrs. Claus paying a visit. Parents and their kids enjoyed lots of games,
pizza, and of course stories from Mrs. Claus.
The Winnie teens enjoyed a lock-in on the 22nd
. Over 25 teens attended this fun packed event
that lasted from 8pm-6am at the community building. And rounding out the year were Christmas parties
at each of the libraries with visits from Santa and his Mrs.
The Friends held their “Gently Used Book Sale” at Anahuac
and Mont Belvieu on Dec. 11-13 bringing in quite a profit! Both libraries were buzzing with people
loading boxes of books to add to their own personal collections. Donated items tend to take up a lot of space
at the libraries so we look forward to the sales.
At Anahuac, GED and ESL classes continue to prosper! Katherine Wilkins, the teacher for both
classes has a great group of students.
Her teaching methods are unique and effective, and the students enjoy learning
from her. She shares inspirational
stories from her students who have gone on to complete their GED, or spoke
English for the first time in public. For
more information, please contact the library at 409-267-2554. GED classes are held every Tuesday from 6-9pm
and ESL classes are Wednesdays from 6-9pm.
All materials are provided and there is no cost to attend classes.
The CCLS staff in their ugly sweaters on staff training day
Winnie teens enjoying their Christmas lock-in!
Mont Belvieu kids enjoying a visit from Santa!