This was our busiest September to date at the Chambers County Library
System with over 20,000 items circulated.
September began with programs catered to our tiniest
patrons. Storytime and Babygarten
started the week of September 6th
at all the libraries with crowds
that didn’t disappoint. Our traditional
storytime programs feature songs, stories, crafts and activities for the 6 and
under crowd, while our newest program Babygarten, focuses on music, rhymes, and
developmental skills for babies up to 24 months. Babygarten has proven to be a huge success,
and the children’s staff is to be commended for the fantastic job they have
done planning and implementing programs for each of these age groups. Newest children’s staff member Jinnie
McClennan and Teen Programmer Shelby Fielding attended a Transforming Preschool
Storytime workshop where they learned some tips on early literacy skills and
engaging children with stories.
On the 19th
held our annual Summer Reading planning meeting. This meeting (which used to be
held in February) is our first attempt to strategize and brainstorm ideas for
the upcoming summer reading program. Key staff from all the branches attended
and shared ideas for programs, received important deadline dates, and talked
about new ideas that we can incorporate for the next year.
Zydeco dance classes were back by popular demand at Anahuac
on the 8th
. Staff member
LaShebia Haskin held a Basic Zydeco dance class to get Anahuac residents
prepared for Gatorfest. The meeting room
was packed with people learning the basic twists and turns. Another class is scheduled for November.
Homeschool programs are now offered at each branch in the
system. Anahuac’s monthly craft club
allows for students of all ages to get creative with unique crafts. Winnie and Mont Belvieu hold a monthly geography
program featuring a specific country each month. Fun facts and activities are shared with the
group as they travel to different countries each month. Mont Belvieu also held a Homeschool
Orientation for anyone interested in learning more about library resources
available to the public. Providing
programs for homeschoolers has proven to give families in the area different
opportunities in their day-to-day learning.
Nothing we do is curriculum based, but done to supplement the home
education done by parents. Our job as
librarians is to provide the space, the resources, and promote library services
to all groups that come in the library.
County Librarian Valerie Jensen taught a book mending class
for staff members assigned to repair books.
There are several specialized techniques for repairing books with torn
pages, broken spines, and even tattered corners. Special supplies are ordered yearly so that
we can prolong the life of some of our most popular books.
The Chambers County Library in Anahuac and Juanita Hargraves
Memorial Branch in Winnie held Hispanic Heritage Month programs for the public,
which is traditionally celebrated September 15-October 15. Traditional foods, crafts, and music were
enjoyed, while the staff presented facts about the five Latin American countries
that celebrate their independence each year.
Both programs had packed rooms and it was great to see patrons come
together and be educated on heritage and culture.
September 25 - October 1 was Banned Books Week for libraries
across the nation. Banned Books Week was celebrated, so to
speak, at all three libraries, with very interesting, and different, displays
at each site. The displays tended to generate discussion by the patrons with
the staff, some of it not quite what we might have expected! But that, of course, is part of the whole
effort behind Banned Books Week – to get people talking about censorship, the
books that have been challenged, and to get them thinking about their own
opinions of the same.
Several staff members from
Anahuac set up at Gatorfest to represent the library in the educational tent.
Every year we try to have a presence at the local festivals or other outreach
opportunities. It’s important for the public to see our faces outside the
In personnel news, Kellee Traylor joins the CCLS team at the
Mont Belvieu location. Kellee will be
providing front desk relief as well as assisting with programs as needed. Kellee’s first day was on the 28th
so stop by and say hi!
In historical news, A. Lynette Parsons was hired as a part-time
employee to help take on the task of digitizing and cataloging historical items
from the museum and library. The library
acts as a liaison to the Historical Commission and with the museum temporarily
closed, this allows us to bring some order to the items inside the building so
that the public can have access to viewing images, artifacts, and documents
that have been hidden away for many years.
Storytime at Winnie with Mrs. Yolie