Library System – May, 2016
Over 11,000 people visited the county libraries in May. A 12% increase from last year. Typically, we’d say May is our slow month,
but with the excitement of summer reading, and the new Sam and Carmena Goss
traffic increasing, we’re quickly seeing Chambers County residents use all of the
libraries in the county more than before.
Children’s story hours went on hiatus the week of May 2
while we printed and distributed over 5,000 flyers to the schools about our
scheduled events for June and July. We
do a huge percentage of our system’s annual circulation during this period, as
the children pour in to our programs and pick out books to fill their summer
hours. Our corporate sponsors increased
by 13% this year showing the continued growing support from the community. This year our plans include kangaroos,
sno-cones, magic, movies, tie dye, videogames, hula hooping, among other
scheduled programs. We’re looking
forward to another fun and successful summer!
GED classes will continue this summer every Monday and
Wednesday at 6pm in Anahuac. Classes
begin June 6. ESL classes ended for the
summer and will resume in the fall with their regular Tuesday and Thursday
May is the time of year we prepare budget packets for the
upcoming budget year. Each year, we make
notes on items or services we would like to add for the citizens of the
county. This year, we’re asking for
additional online services, an increase for some capital projects, and
additional money in our materials budget.
We always ask for items we need
order to maintain our level of service our patrons have grown used to.
In programming news, County Librarian Valerie Jensen taught
an Introduction to Cheese-making class to the Anahuac book club group on the 10th
. Samples were given, and each person made
their own mozzarella cheese during class.
The staff at the Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch was
overrun with tours from the local school.
Eager teachers and their kiddos scheduled tours throughout the month to
learn the lay-out of the new library.
The kids had the chance to hear about summer reading, see the Children’s
Activity Room, and hear about all the resources available to them throughout
their school year.
The staff at Anahuac held several craft programs for adults and
kids. Adult craft club continues to be a
standing room only program. It’s
definitely the place to be in town on the 2nd
Wednesday of the
month! The last sewing session with Mrs.
Brown was held on the 25th
Her classes will continue in the fall.
Homeschool students were also treated to a summer craft on the 18th
. The homeschool clientele continues to grow,
and making them aware of the resources we have in our library system is of
Anahuac teens had a “Just Dance” program on the 5th
. The newest version of the game was generously
purchased by some of our Friends members.
Teens at Mont Belvieu enjoyed a game day with board games and
Cheese-making with Valerie Jensen
Children's Librarian Jinnie McLennan at Mont Belvieu
Craft club at Anahuac
Tours with Barbers Hill ISD kids with Kara DeLaughter
Last storytime at Winnie
Sewing 101 with Mrs. Brown