Library System – May, 2015
May is the time of year when the temperatures rise, and the
staff members feverishly finalize the last minute details of Summer
Reading! This year, we printed over
7,000 sheets of paper to promote the children’s, teens, and adult programs for
June and July. The flyers were folded
and distributed to the schools, and in several cases, the staff members went to
the schools to present previews of coming attractions. With storytime ending the week of May 4th
it gave the programmers time to tidy up any loose ends before June 8.
With the arrival of reading incentives (coupons and treats
from corporate underwriters), the prizes, the giveaways, and the program
supplies provide lots of projects.
Registration bags were stuffed, sponsor displays were created, signs
telling kids how to earn coupons were made, and the library walls were
transformed to display the theme of “Every Hero Has a Story”. Behind the scenes, the Administrative unit
and Technical Services has been working overtime printing posters, flyers, cutting
die cuts, and ordering and distributing all the supplies needed for summer to
the branches. With all hands on deck, we
are more than ready for June 8 to get here, and for the fun to begin!
Aquilia De la Cruz gets ready for Summer Reading at the Chambers County Library
May also started off with some excitement. On the 8th
, the long-awaited
groundbreaking for the new library in Mont Belvieu took place. A standing room only crowd assembled at the
work site so that several people could give a “thank you” speech to the
crowd. County Judge Jimmy Sylvia served
as Master of Ceremonies, Library Advisory Board President Sam Little gave the
invocation, and County Librarian Valerie Jensen, Friends member Leslie Schmitt,
Barbers Hill ISD Superintendent Greg Poole, and City of Mont Belvieu mayor Nick
Dixon spoke to the group. It’s been said
many times, but it’s wonderful to be a part of a project where three entities
come together for the good of the community.
Chambers County, the City of Mont Belvieu, and Barbers Hill ISD break ground at
the new Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library in Mont Belvieu
A Library Advisory Board meeting was held on the 12th
. Members met to discuss and approve updates on
a couple of policies, and were also treated to a visit from the Chambers County
Branch Librarians. Aquilia De la Cruz,
Cindy Alegria, and Missy Parham attended the meeting to allow board members to
meet them in person. They each gave a
brief summary of their positions at the library and were able to brag on their
was the end of GED and ESL classes to
allow for summer break. Classes have
been sponsored by the Anahuac Municipal Development District, and taught by
local Anahuac ISD teacher Katherine Wilkins.
Students have made such great progress over the past year with several
students testing and passing their GED.
ESL students have been very loyal in their attendance, and many of them
are frequent library users. It’s great
to see them use their newly taught English skills in the library as a patron. They’ve definitely been taught the right
way! On the 27th
, a “graduation”
was held to celebrate the accomplishments of the ESL students, complete with
food furnished by the entire class.
Students were awarded a certificate of completion for their year of
work. They didn’t leave without a final
lesson, and they all look forward to starting back in the fall.
ESL students with their certificates of completion
On the 1st
, we received news that the library
received a Community Grant from Walmart.
Funds from this grant go towards Summer Reading expenses. Walmart has partnered with the library for
the past several years to assist in our goal to promote reading and
Librarian, Annie Vass shows off the Walmart grant with her sidekick, Wonder
On the 16th
, the young people of Anahuac held
annual Ana-Con event.
Ana-Con is a mini anime
convention for all ages. The crowd
enjoyed drawing contests, dance panels, Ramune drinking contests and more. Several people came dressed in their best
character outfits to show off during the “Cosplay” portion of the day. The Anahuac Anime club was started in 2006
and it’s wonderful to see such a long running program still going strong.
Bree and Myra enjoying Ana-Con!
After-school tutorials ended on May 18. The tutoring sessions were part of a
partnership with United Way of Greater Baytown and Chambers County, along with
the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office and Anahuac ISD. This is the second school year that tutorials
have been in session, and we’re anticipating great results again in the
fall. A pizza party was held on the last
tutorial session on May 18th for the students, staff, and
volunteers. Each week faithful
volunteers were on hand to help students with reading, math, social studies, or
other subjects where there was a need.
Volunteers from ONEOK in Mont Belvieu were regulars, along with several
patrons who gave their time to help the kids.
Tutorial students and their volunteers
Finally, a small electrical fire occurred at the west annex
in Mont Belvieu on Thursday the 21st
that caused us to close the
library doors for a about a day.
Luckily, no one was hurt and we opened back up for business on