Tuesday, January 13, 2015


End of year highlights!

Total circulation:  230,030 – 6% increase from 2013
Total walk in traffic:  140,815 – 2% increase from 2013
Program attendance:  17,044 – 16% increase from 2013
Public computer logons:  24,569
Wireless logons:  5,294 – 17% increase from 2013
Database usage:  16,742 - 51% increase from 2013

Some highlights of 2014 include:

·         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 sessions
·         Three new staff members joined the CCLS team
·         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.

Until next month! 
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!

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