Library System – August, 2016
Summer Reading might be over, but the staff didn’t have much
of a break before fall program planning began.
Even with our usual movie days and book club meetings, we managed to
work in a good bit of activity. With the
school year beginning, our change-over from summer visitors to students was
almost unnoticed. Add to that a board
meeting, fundraising events, and interviews for after-school help, and you have
a busy month!
To start the month, County Librarian Valerie Jensen and
Assistant County Librarian Annie Vass attended budget hearings for the
library. With the library’s 2017 budget
already submitted, this hearing allowed us the opportunity to talk in more
detail about our requests. Any questions
the commissioner or judge might have, we could answer at that time. We won’t know the outcome until later next
month. Until then we keep our fingers
On the 4th
, the Friends of the Chambers County
Library System held a fundraiser at Panera Bread in Baytown. Proceeds from sales would go back to the
Friends as long as a flyer was presented at the time of purchase. A small profit was raised, and the money will
go towards their ongoing efforts to raise money for programs and other
events. A second fundraiser was held at
Mont Belvieu the week of the 15th
Scholastic Book Fairs have traditionally been held at school libraries,
but the Friends decided to sponsor a fair at the new Sam and Carmena Goss
Memorial Branch Library. With the sales
totaling $1800, that gave the Friends a profit of $400.
Back-to-School programs are always a huge deal at the
libraries, and this year was no exception.
Anahuac held a water-themed program with inflatables donated by All
Summer Long in Mont Belvieu. Sno-cones were
served by Friends volunteers, and kids enjoyed kiddie kickball, hydro blasters,
waterslides, and more. The Anahuac
Volunteer Fire Department was on hand to cool down the kids, and
representatives with the Texas Children’s Health Plan passed out t-shirts and
other goodies. Winnie held a Black Light
Bash with games in the dark, refreshments, dancing, and more! Staff member Mary Abshire had black light
coloring for the adults, which turned out to be a big hit! Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge came to Mont
Belvieu for their back-to-school program.
Stephanie Martinez was on hand to talk about animals and do a fun craft
with the kids.
On the 9th
, the Library Advisory Board met for its
quarterly meeting. A few items were up
for discussion this month and board members are always eager to voice their
concern and feedback on library policies.
During a member’s term on the board, they become very familiar with the
fundamentals of the library.
GED prep classes are back in session at Anahuac and
Winnie. Registration started the week of
. Classes are held in
Anahuac on Monday and Wednesday, 6-9pm and at Winnie on Tuesdays, 5-7pm. For information on registration, please
contact your local branch.
On the 17th
, the staff at the Juanita Hargraves
Memorial Branch Library held a “Dog Pawty” for patrons and their 4-legged
friends. Even with the rain that day, there
were dogs in costume, a therapy dog named Baxter, a dog photoshoot, and doggy
bag treats. Makenna Castaneda, the
handler for Baxter, was on hand to supervise the thirty-minute reading sessions
with kids who had registered. Baxter was
very well behaved and attentive to all the kids who read.
Master Gardener’s A. Lynette Parsons presented a program at
Mont Belvieu on the 18th
topic was “Get the dirt on dirt”, with tips on soil preparation for fall
And finally, the Children’s programmers met to brainstorm
ideas for the upcoming storytime season.
This year also begins Babygarten, an infant-24 month program for the
tiniest of patrons. Babygarten is held
at each branch along with traditional storytimes for the preschool ages. Our newest kid staffer is Jinnie McLennan
from Mont Belvieu, and she was able to soak up some knowledge from our seasoned
storytime pros from Anahuac and Winnie.
The ladies enjoyed sharing ideas in their effort to provide quality kids’
programs throughout the school year.
Baxter the therapy dog
Back to School splash at Anahuac
Friends members Jean Abshier Forrest and Elaine Byrd
Miss Jinnie at storytime in Mont Belvieu