Library System – February, 2015
February was full of fun at the Chambers County Library
System! With 963 people attending 45
programs, it’s easy to see that your library is the hub of the community! From Valentine’s Day parties for the little
ones, to computer classes in Spanish, there’s something for everyone at your
Staff member Kim Hart led an ‘e-Couponing’ class for adults
at Mont Belvieu. She used her expertise
of mobile couponing to create a program that was quite a hit! The program included tips and tricks to save
money using your smartphone, or other mobile device.
The Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch in Winnie held their
annual book sale along with a Community Book Swap. Local residents and Barbers Hill ISD
teachers, Kellie Rogers and Lisa Ledoux spent several hours offering a great
selection of books to patrons who wanted to trade one of their own. This is the 2nd
year Kellie and
Lisa have organized the book swap in conjunction with the book sale, and we
look forward to continuing this for years to come.
February was National Children’s Dental Health Month, and
this brought the little ones a treat with a visit from the Tooth Fairy in
Winnie and Mont Belvieu. The kids
enjoyed hearing songs to make brushing their teeth fun, and brought home a
little goodie from the Tooth Fairy herself!
Anahuac kiddos enjoyed a visit from dentist, Dr. King with Bayside
The Chambers County Library in Anahuac hosted The Rose
mobile mammography unit. The Rose offers
an alternative to hospitals and doctor’s offices by bringing mammogram testing
to off-site locations. County nurse practitioner
Mary Beth Bess came a few days before to share some breast cancer prevention
tips to the 16 women were able to get screened.
February provided the library
system with another opportunity to show the communities some of the things we
do best. National Read Across America Day was celebrated at all three libraries
celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
The Cat in the Hat made a visit to all the branches, and activities
included songs, stories, snacks, and tons of Dr. Seuss fun!
Teens and tweens at Winnie enjoyed game nights with Young
Adult Librarian, Kim Silcox. Kim had
quite a crowd as she allowed the teens to play videogames, enjoy snacks, and
play traditional board games. The teens
always enjoy having the library to themselves so they can get a little noisy!
On the 28th, the Friends of the Chambers County
Library System held their annual meeting.
The Friends spent their time updating those in attendance on activities
held throughout the year, discussion of the library’s “wish list” of items not
funded in the county budget, and selection of the library system’s employee of
the year. The 2014 Employee of the Year
was selected, and the honor went to Michelle Mims in Anahuac. Michelle has been with the library over 8
years as Children’s Librarian and Technical Services assistant. Michelle has done a great job increasing
attendance with storytime, and developing creative and interactive activities
for the kids. She’s one of the most
cross trained members of the library staff.
The Friends also gave an update on the fundraising campaign for the new Sam
and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library.
County Librarian, Valerie Jensen gave a ‘State of the Library System’
speech, giving those in attendance a snapshot of the year, as well as new
things to come.
And finally, The Friends of the Chambers County Library System
announced a gift of $100,000 from Enterprise Products. This donation will fund
the Multipurpose Community Room at the new branch library building in Mont
Belvieu, to be known as the Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library. Bob Moss, Mont Belvieu plant manager for
Enterprise Products, said: “Enterprise is very interested in improving
literacy, and we couldn’t think of a better way to do that than
supporting the new library building.”
Dentist, Dr. King visits the Anahuac library for storytime
Employee of the year Michelle Mims and Friends of CCLS president Jean Abshier Forrest
Enterprise Products donates $100,000 towards the new Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library
The Rose mobile mammography unit visits Anahuac
After-school tutorials in Anahuac with OneOK volunteers
Community Book Swap and book sale at Winnie
Tooth Fairy visits Winnie storytime!
Winnie tweens enjoy game night!