Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Chambers County Library System – July, 2016

Summer Reading Snapshot!

Minutes read:  339,225
Children’s enrollment – up 12%
Teen enrollment – up 12%
Total circulation June/July – 56,751

7761 people attended programs at the Chambers County Library System 
in June and July

Another Summer Reading Program is in the books!  Over 150 thank you letters will soon go out to all the businesses, individuals, and groups who supported our program this year.  During our six week Summer Reading event we held 72 programs system wide.  Another record for us!

Coordinating and planning our summer program starts each year in October.  We meet as a group early enough to brainstorm ideas and get a jump on the direction we want to go.  We talk about program ideas, themes, rules, sponsors, supplies, and much more.  The staff turns in their details to the administrative side over the next several months.  This gives them time to plan with a set schedule, and once summer arrives, the bulk of the hard work has been done.  Once Kickoff Week arrives, we’re ready to go.  We’re already setting a date for the 2017 planning meeting.  It’s never ending around here!

Each summer we are given extra help thanks to the County Commissioners.  Nine high school and college students were employed at the library system this summer.  They provided much needed help at programs, and spent the majority of their time putting up thousands of returned books!  We appreciate the court providing us with this extra help. 

At Commissioners’ Court on the 12th, Assistant County Librarian Annie Vass recognized Joseph Redou with NRG.  NRG has been the main sponsor for the Summer Reading program for the past several years.  Their contribution allows the library system to continue to provide quality programs to the public.

In July we welcomed a new staff member at the Chambers County Library in Anahuac.  Sue Hawthorne joins the team and will be responsible for providing much needed front desk help.  Sue comes to us from Anahuac Middle School where she was responsible for overseeing the library there. 

Finally, the finishing touches for the first phase of renovations at Anahuac have been completed.  Public computers have been relocated, along with moving some shelving around to allow more open space for the public.

Until next month!
Chad Chesmark with readers at Anahuac!

New staff member Sue Hawthorne having fun at the Summer Reading Party

Children's Librarian Michelle Mims ready to serve cupcakes!

Teen Summer Reading Party at Winnie!

Mont Belvieu staff with magician, James Wand!

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