Library System – November, 2016
The Texas State Library provides to Chambers County a large
group of electronic databases for use by the public. The cost for these databases, (for which we
pay $815.76 per year), would cost $113,677.01 if we were to purchase them
individually. The combined bargaining
power that the State Library uses to negotiate this service for public
libraries, colleges, and medical libraries of Texas is of great value to us; in
the State’s fiscal year, which ended on August 31, the databases were accessed
by Chambers County residents a total of 5,399 times. Instructions on how to use these databases
are available at the libraries; the databases can be used at home or in places
of business with the proper login and password, which are given to any library
cardholder in good standing.
Several staff members completed continuing education
webinars during the month of November. The
library strives to keep on top of the latest library trends and topics by
attending online and face to face meetings.
Children’s Librarian Michelle Mims traveled to Richmond, Texas to attend
a workshop on incorporating STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) in
Preschool Storytime. Popular workshop
presenter Kim Lehman inspired the group with ideas and hands on activities to
take back to their libraries and schools.
Other staff members who weren’t able to attend will have a chance to
view the archived webinar on the topic. Storytime
and Babygarten programs continue to take place weekly. The little ones and their parents/caregivers enjoy
weekly themed stories, songs, crafts and activities.
Teens from Anahuac and Mont Belvieu traveled to the local
theater to see the latest book to movie release based on the popular Harry
Potter spinoff series by J.K. Rowling.
The groups enjoyed hanging out with each other and talking about the
The tween crowd at Winnie enjoyed a Diary of a Wimpy Kid
party on the 3rd
enjoyed games based on the book series, and had some green screen fun taking
Homeschool programs were held at all Chambers County Library
System branches during the month of November.
The Anahuac branch held a homeschool craft club, while Winnie and Mont
Belvieu did their monthly “Homeschool Explorers” program.
The adults also had several programs to take part in during
November. Anahuac held their monthly
craft program along with a special six part t-shirt quilting course. Winnie held another adult coloring program on
, and Mont Belvieu held an e-couponing class, and also participated
in a “NaNoWriMo” (National Novel Writing Month) which was live streamed from
California. NaNoWriMo is held annually
to allow participants time to write towards the goal of a 50,000-word novel
within the month of November.
The Library Advisory Board met on the 8th
discuss any proposed policy changes.
Members meet quarterly at the Chambers County Library in Anahuac. Long time board member Marlin Moore stepped
down after 9 years of service and was presented with a plaque recognizing him
for his leadership, and diligent efforts on behalf of Chambers County
residents. To fill his expired term,
Heather Puppa of Mont Belvieu will begin serving with the board in February.
Library Board Members: Sarah Kathan, Sammy Little, Marlin Moore, and
Susie Davis. Notpictured are: Rhonda LeBlanc and Carolyn Caldwell
As the fiscal year winds down, the library begins to receive
calls from vendors to schedule meetings to share their latest books and
products. We’ve already started the
process of purchasing books for 2017.
These books won’t be delivered until after January 1, and will then go
through the cataloging and processing steps before they reach the
The library recently purchased Library Aware, a marketing
software for libraries. This allows us
to connect with readers and keep them engaged using templates and tools to
create flyers, bookmarks, and more for promoting books and resources throughout
the library. We’re looking forward to
implementing this in early 2017.