Friday, February 06, 2015


New year, new money!

Chambers County Library System – January, 2015
New year, new money!  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.  Boxes are stacking up in Tech Services, anxiously awaiting to be cataloged and processed so they can be placed on the shelves for our public.  It’s always refreshing to have the ability to fill request from patrons, and provide services that are in high demand.  We are forever grateful to Commissioners’ Court for their ongoing support of the library system.

In programming news, we continue to offer top notch programs to the public.  System-side we offered over 45 programs to kids, teens, and adults during the month of January.  From science programs to movie marathons, we have something for everyone.  As librarians, we try to actively create services and programs that are community focused.  And as a result, we hope that the public advocates on behalf of their public library.   We’re no longer just a place for books, we’re also here to provide information and help people connect, engage, and become lifelong library users!

 The Chambers County Library in Anahuac was featured in the Texas Library Association’s Cool Stuff Initiative page on Pinterest.  An “I Spy” table was created by employees Melani Aguilar and Shelby Fielding.  Children’s Librarian Michelle Mims submitted the photo, and it’s been a topic of conversation on the popular social site.  Kids love coming to the library to search and find objects on the table. 

The West Chambers Branch in Mont Belvieu held their 2nd annual Yukikon event on the 27th.  New Teen Librarian Kara DeLaughter jumped right in providing fun games and activities for the teens.  Yukikon is an even that primarily focuses on anime, manga, and Japanese culture.  The Chambers County Library in Anahuac will soon be holding their 8th annual “Ana-Con” event in May. 

The federal “e-rate” program has been in operation since 1998, and with the exception of one year, Chambers County has received this reimbursement on Internet access and phone lines to our libraries.  This is done because we provide access to the Internet for the public, and use our phone lines for assisting the public and for faxing.  The e-rate program is received yearly, and provides a wealth of good to the general public. 

All 3 libraries held a Downton Abbey movie marathon complete with tea and cookies.  The popular PBS series has been quite the buzz lately, and several people came to see what it was all about. 

At the January 27th Commissioners’ Court, Branch Librarians Aquilia De la Cruz (Anahuac), Cindy Alegria (Winnie), and Missy Parham (Mont Belvieu) were recognized for their completion of the Small Library Management program.  This 2 year program gives the ladies a better background of libraries for smaller community libraries.  The program focuses on administration, management, policy development, collection development, reference services, and technology.   

And finally, ongoing plans and meetings continue with Chambers County, the City of Mont Belvieu, County Librarian Valerie Jensen and Assistant County Librarian Annie Vass for the new Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library in Mont Belvieu.  County Librarian Valerie Jensen spoke at request to a Bridge Group where Carmena was a long time member to update them on the new library progress.  The group wants to contribute in Carmena’s name, and you could definitely tell she meant a lot to this nice bunch of ladies.  Plans to break ground have been put on temporary hold, but the 
public should start seeing some changes within the next couple of months.

Until next month!  Valerie Jensen, County Librarian

Branch librarians being recognized by Chambers County Commissioners’ Court

Kaiden King is proud of his artwork during storytime at Anahuac

The Yukikon gang at the West Chambers Branch in Mont Belvieu

The “I Spy” table at the Chambers County Library in Anahuac as featured in the “Cool Stuff Initiative” through Texas Library Association

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