Thursday, March 17, 2016

Chambers County Library System – February, 2016

February began with a book sale at the Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch in Winnie.  Several volunteers assisted with the setup and sale, bringing in a few hundred dollars that will go towards library programs and events.  The public always enjoys the sales at the branches!  We are also anticipating great things with the permanent bookstore opening at the new Mont Belvieu site soon! 

Remodeling at the main branch in Anahuac continues.  As with any project, you can expect a few hiccups along the way, but we expect things to be completed in about a week with new office spaces and flooring.  Mont Belvieu inches closer to completion as the West Chambers Branch closes its doors in March.  We still have several details to finalize before we open the doors to the public. 

The Library Advisory Board met on the 9th to update and discuss a couple library policies.  The Board plays a vital role in shaping policy based on staff recommendation.  Not only do they discuss policies, they are also the eyes and ears in the community to provide feedback from the public.  Their next meeting will be held May 3 in Anahuac.

The Anahuac and Winnie branches held after school Valentine’s parties for the younger crowd.  Stories, songs, crafts and fun were provided by the children’s staff. 
Other fun programs in February included:

·         Sewing 101
·         FREE Cardio class provided by Janice Jircik with the Wellness Center at Bayside
·         Spring Gardening with master gardeners A. Lynette Parsons and Susan Roshto
·         Mother/daughter spa night with special guests from Merle Norman and Paper, Rock, Scissors
·         Movie nights
·         Anime club
·         Storytimes
·         Craft club
·         Book club
·         And much more!

On the 20th, Children’s staff members Michelle Mims and Yolie Belt attended a workshop at Lee College for early educators.  Motivational speaker Luis Hernandez provided 4 hours of instruction on early childhood development, and how certain skills can enhance the classroom (and library) experience. 

Assistant County Librarian Annie Vass, Assistant Technical Librarian Jennifer Kellum and myself attended a webinar on the 17th on the digitization software that will be used for museum items.  The next phase of historical work will be to make items of local historical significance accessible to the public.  This will be an ongoing project for library staff. 

Interviews continue for 2 open positions within the library system due to the growth and demand we’ve experienced in the last couple of years.  A 12hpw position at Anahuac for front desk relief, and 24hpw position at Mont Belvieu for a Children’s Librarian are currently posted on the library’s website. 

Until next month!

Empty shelves at Mont Belvieu

Lil' berries storytime at Winnie

Spa night at Winnie
Remodeling at Anahuac

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