Monday, December 14, 2015


November report!

Chambers County Library System – November, 2015

November started out with vendors knocking on our doors to schedule meetings to share their latest books and products.  The select group of vendors we deal with have some great selections for both our print and digital collections.  Nothing gets delivered until January 1, so the public has to wait a couple months before the new stuff gets cataloged, processed and routed to the branches.  It’s definitely worth the wait!

On the 10th, the Library Advisory Board met in Anahuac for their quarterly meeting.  The group approved an update to the small and large equipment policy.  The board meets quarterly, with their next meeting in February.

In programming news, Anahuac held their monthly craft club, which continues to increase in popularity thanks to the impressive crafts planned by Branch Librarian, Aquilia De la Cruz.  Each month a craft is selected, supplies provided, and patrons spend the hour crafting, socializing, and brainstorming ideas for the next month.  Young Adult Librarian Lashebia Haskin held a teen writing workshop on November 5th.  Local author, Lesa Boutin was the guest presenter for the program.  Lesa is part of the Writers in the Schools program out of Houston.  Her creative and inspiring methods bring out wonderful stories in even the most reluctant writers.  GED and ESL classes continue each week, along with monthly anime club, movie day, and book club. 

Anahuac teens with local author Lesa Boutin
The Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch in Winnie held a coloring class for adults led by staff member Mary Abshire.   This unique program provided a relaxing way for adults to “de-stress”.  The response was great, and another program is scheduled soon.  Young Adult Librarian Kim Silcox held a Diary of a Wimpy Kid program to celebrate the release of the newest book in the series.  Kids enjoyed book trivia, drawing, and other book related activities.  Kim also took a group teens to the release of the new Mockingjay movie on the 22nd.  Movie field trips are popular with the teens, especially when it’s a high anticipated book to movie release. 

Winnie teens ready for the Mockingjay movie!

Book club continues at all the Chambers County Library System branches.  If you’re wondering what to read, want a suggestions, or just want to hang out with some really fun people, check out your local library’s meeting times and dates.  Current reading selections for the month of December are:  At Anahuac, Girl on the Train; At Winnie, Girl on the Train; At Mont Belvieu, All she ever wanted
Storytime also continues at the branches.  Each week there are themed storytimes to engage the children in reading, enjoy crafts, songs, and more.  The staff does a great job with the little ones, and their faces say it all!

Construction continues at the Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library.  The weather hasn’t been favorable, causing several bad weather days, but despite the rain things are moving along.  The latest completion date has now been moved to February.  We’ve put a temporary pause to some of our regular programs at the West Chambers Branch in Mont Belvieu.  A couple of projects are being completed such as book tagging, weeding, and getting items ready to pack up and move.  Once we get to the actual transition, the library should not be closed more than a couple of weeks.  The staff is more than ready to move into their new space, and I know the public is just as excited!

Entry into the new library

Until next month! 

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