Library System – January, 2016
January seemed to pass us by without warning! Usually, this time of year we’ve had time to visit
with all our vendors, get the 2016 files in order, and focus on activities for
the new year. But we’ve been spending
time on the administrative side playing catch up from the work that comes with day
to day operations, new library construction, and remodeling. It’s been busy and hectic, but overall we
could not be happier with the results we’ll be getting in the months to
come. In Mont Belvieu, the Sam and
Carmena Goss Memorial Branch construction continues on schedule. Within the next few weeks we will have carpet
and furniture, then shelving along with the move to follow. A grand opening date will soon be
announced! The gang at Anahuac has been
experiencing some construction of their own.
Walls are being demoed, and soon there will be some noticeable, and much
needed changes. We do want to thank the
public for their patience with the noise and mess – it’s definitely your tax
dollars at work!
We did manage to squeeze in a vendor or two to order new
books. Our new budget year allows us to
purchase the latest titles, fill in holes where we have missing books, and
build the collection so that we’re meeting the standards required by the
February 6-8 we closed the Winnie branch to continue
inventory and RFID tagging. The tagging
is required as part of the new self-checkout system and added security that
will be implemented at Mont Belvieu, and later at Anahuac and Winnie. With the amount of reserve items that we tote
back and forth throughout the county, it’s important that all items be tagged
and ready for checkout.
On the 23rd
, the Friends of the Chambers County
Library System held their annual meeting at Anahuac. 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 2015 Employee of the Year was selected with the honor going to Lori
Knapp in Mont Belvieu. Lori has been with
the library since 2008 as a Library Technician.
Before starting at the library, Lori was an active library user and
Library Advisory Board member. She is
responsible for adult programming, cataloging, and front desk assistance. 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. The Friends were approached recently with a
donation in memory of long time library user, Fran Mamich. Fran was a Barbers Hill ISD teacher, library
user, and those who knew her, knew her love for children and reading. Fran’s husband and friends toured the new
library site to determine the best way to memorialize Fran, and decided on funding
the furnishings for the children’s activity room.
GED and ESL classes continue at Anahuac, and on January 12
the Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch in Winnie started offering weekly GED
classes. So far the response has been
great. Classes for GED run similar to a
college semester, and the next registration period will be advertised at the
library and the local newspapers. GED is
funded by the adult education program through College of the Mainland. ESL is funded by the Anahuac Municipal
Development District. Classes are held
at Anahuac every Tuesday 6-9 for beginners, and Thursday 6-9 for advanced. Call the library to find out more information
on any of these classes.
Programs continued at Anahuac and Winnie while Mont Belvieu remains
on pause with theirs as they prepare for the upcoming move. The Mont Belvieu gang is chomping at the bit
to start back up with storytime and other exciting programs they have in the
works. At Anahuac, as part of a New
Year, New You series, they held a basic makeup tips and tricks program. On February 18th
at 5:30pm, the
next program in the series is a free cardio class presented by Janice Jircik
with the Wellness Center at Bayside.
Spanish storytime was held on the 12th
, and craft club on the
At Winnie, an “Intro to Guitar” for the tween and teen
audiences, adult coloring program, and their ongoing Genealogy Interest Group
were just a few programs held in addition to the regular storytime and movie nights.
And finally, Assistant County Librarian Annie Vass and I just
finished submitting the annual report to the Texas State Library. Our increases for 2015 included database
usage, program attendance, and wireless usage.
Our circulation is a healthy 214,521 for 2015! These figures translate to even more
residents utilizing what the county provides.
It’s a great use of tax dollars for many citizens.
Until next month!
Valerie Jensen, County Librarian
Employee of the year Lori Knapp with Friends president Jean Forrest
ESL students at the Anahuac branch
Friends of Fran Mamich touring the new library site