Library System – August, 2015
August was once again full of activities at the
libraries. Everyone was still coming
down from the Summer Reading high, but it wasn’t long before we picked right
back up for back to school activities and fall program planning.
The Friends of CCLS held their annual summer book sale at
the West Chambers Branch in Mont Belvieu.
This week long event brought in over $1000 profit to benefit library
programs and services. Book donations
provide us with such great stock to sell for the public, but we’ve had to put a
temporary halt on book donations at Mont Belvieu so we can have the space to
start boxing up office supplies. I know
this isn’t the most convenient for those of you who haul in boxes of books, but
it’s all part of the move and effort on our part to make a seamless transition
into the new library. The new Sam and
Carmena Goss Memorial Branch will house a permanent bookstore, which will be
open several days a week to the public.
We said goodbye to our summer helpers on August 8th, and
welcomed our part-time after-school workers shortly after. Summer help provides us with full time
student workers for 10 weeks, while the after-school help (called Pages), gives
us 15 hours each week of assistance shelving books, and doing other much needed
On the 11th
we held our quarterly Library
Advisory Board meeting. The group
discussed and voted on updating several policies. We also managed to snap a group photo. Library Advisory Board meetings are open to
the public, and members are appointed by Commissioners’ Court based on a
recommendation from the County Librarian.
Current members include: Sam Little, Carolyn Caldwell, Sarah Kathan,
Katie Jackson, Marlin Moore, Susie Davis, and Rhonda LeBlanc.
The branches held a Back to School Bash in August. Anahuac held their event at the middle school
in order to have the ZORB ball obstacle course, face painting, and volunteers
with the Anahuac Volunteer Fire Department present fire safety. Winnie held their event at the community
building with giant games, snacks and giveaways, while Mont Belvieu had an arts
& crafts day on the 13th
Special thanks to everyone involved – All Summer Long, John Willey,
Tracie Lasater, Yvonne Morgan, and not to mention the hard work of the entire
Staff member Kim Silcox held a game night at the Juanita
Hargraves Memorial Branch in Winnie. Over
20 tweens and teens enjoyed video games, board games, and of course lots of
Valerie Jensen and Annie Vass attended a United Way
committee meeting to update the group on the success of after-school tutorials
at the Chambers County Library in Anahuac.
A partnership with United Way planted the seed for the success of this
program. Ongoing cooperation from the
school and Sheriff’s Office allow the library to provide a space for students
to receive extra help after school. Once
the bell rings, the library is often times the only place where students can
access computers in order to finish up homework, check out books, or access
The adults at Anahuac were treated to Painting With a Twist
on the 13th
. A standing room
only crowd enjoyed creating a “Happy Hydrangeas” masterpiece that they could
paint and take home.
The Chambers County Historical Commission was recognized at
Commissioners’ Court on July 14th
for receiving the Distinguished
Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission. Congrats to the group on their dedication to the
county’s history and their ongoing work to preserve local landmarks and
Finally, the library system received a donation towards the
Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch from the West Chambers County Pilot
Club. The members presented a check for
$10,000.00 to be used for the purchase of Early Literacy Station
computers. We can’t thank the Pilots
enough for their support of the library!
Until next month!
Library Advisory Board members
Painting with a Twist at Anahuac
Back to School Bash fun at Anahuac
Back to School Bash fun at Anahuac
$10,000 donation from the West Chambers County Pilot Club towards the new Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library