Despite the closure at Mont Belvieu and the remodeling at
Anahuac, the libraries were still busy as usual. Mont Belvieu remained closed through the
month of March so we could finalize the last minute details of moving over to
the new building. The Anahuac remodel is
complete with only a few finishing touches remaining. We’re excited to have the opportunity to not
only have a new building at Mont Belvieu, but to get a ‘face lift’ where it was
desperately needed in Anahuac.
March provided the library system
with another opportunity to show the communities some of the things we do best.
National Read Across America Day was celebrated at the libraries with our Cat
in the Hat costumes (courtesy of the Friends of CCLS). Kids enjoyed hearing Dr. Seuss stories, activities
and games. Easter parties rounded out
the month with egg hunts, crafts, games, and even a visit from the
Easter Bunny himself!
The Friends of CCLS held a Gently Used Book Sale at
Anahuac starting on March 30. This 3 day
sale brought in several hundred dollars from our faithful buyers who look
forward to the new books we get donated throughout the year. The next sale will be in December at Anahuac
and Winnie. With the new Sam and Carmena
Goss Memorial Branch, Mont Belvieu has an ongoing bookstore staffed with
volunteers. Hours vary each week.
In other programming news, Adult Programmer Jennifer
Kellum held her 2nd
annual Women’s History Month program at
Anahuac. The group enjoyed brunch and a
movie. Jennifer also continues to lead a
Walk for Wellness group, which meets every Monday from 5:30-6:30. The teen staff at Anahuac and Winnie continued
their regular programs during March.
Activities included canvas painting, beach crafts, and anime club. Craft programs are also popular among the adults
with craft club at standing room only in Anahuac. The craft for the adults in May is a wooden
pallet picture frame. Registration is
required, call the library at 409-267-2554 for more information.
The county employee health and benefits fair, held on the 24th
was an opportunity for the library system to showcase our health related
resources. Our booth featured a variety
of exercise, disease, and health-oriented DVDs and books. We also managed to work in a few items of
interest from our general collection, like our online database programs for
downloading audiobooks, and other online services. Quite a few employees who stopped by were
very interested in what we can offer them!
Finally, the library received the ‘all clear’ on our annual report to
the state library. This means that we
have reached exemplary standards with our personnel, finance, technology, and
service. By receiving this recognition,
it shows that the library has proven its value and importance to the
community. Chambers County Library
System prides itself on maintaining high standards and going above and beyond
to stay current in library trends.
Tween/Teen craft at Anahuac
Assistant County Librarian, Annie Vass at the county employee health fair
Dr. Seuss storytime at Anahuac!
Tween beach craft at Winnie!