Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Chambers County Library System – March, 2017

March is prime time for the library to plan and finalize our busiest and most successful event of the year, the Summer Reading Program.  We already have over 150 sponsors, our programs and details lined out, and we’re very excited about the fun activities planned for the kids, teens, and adults this summer.  Be on the lookout soon for details!
The Chambers County Library in Anahuac held a week of Spring Break events.  Throughout the week, there were family game nights, book themed parties, painting classes, movies, and more.    

Spring Break fun at Anahuac

The Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch in Mont Belvieu is the last of our branches to start offering GED prep classes.  Registration began on the 20th, and classes officially started on Monday, March 27th.  Classes are funded and organized by the College of the Mainland’s adult education division. 

On March 27th, our newest digital download service began.  Hoopla Digital allows cardholders to check out 3 items per month.  Movies, music, eBooks, audiobooks, and comics are all on hand 24/7 with Hoopla.  You never have to wait, items area always available for checkout.  Check out for more details and sign up today!

On the 30th, County Librarian Valerie Jensen and Assistant County Librarian Annie Vass worked the library booth at the county’s annual Health and Wellness Fair.  We had the opportunity to showcase the library’s resources on cooking, exercise, stress relief, and more.  We also passed out oranges and bananas to those in attendance. 

 Assistant County Librarian Annie Vass at the Health and Wellness Fair

Storytime fun continued at the libraries in March.  Each month, the Children’s Librarians turn in themes for their weekly programs.  March included fun activities such as Music & Rhythm, St. Patrick’s Day, Opposite Day, Down on the Farm, and more!  

                               Music & Rhythm at Anahuac

St. Patrick’s Day at Winnie

    Silly socks at Anahuac   

In March we welcomed two new staff members to the library system.  Katilin Hooper started on the 1st at the Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch in Winnie.  Kaitlin will be working part-time as front desk help.  On the 6th, we welcomed Liz Cabrera at the Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch in Mont Belvieu.  Liz is the new full-time Children’s Librarian.  She will be responsible for Storytime, Babygarten, and other programs for the 11 & under crowd.  

The library system’s annual report to the state was due this month.   Each month we collect statistics from the three county libraries on program attendance, print and electronic circulation, reference questions, and more.  These numbers are compiled at the end of the year and submitted to the State Library.  As long as the county meets the local funding requirements for our assigned population, and our collection is the appropriate size per capita, we are certified as an “Accredited” library for another year.  Currently, all Chambers County taxpayers pay $22 per year for library services.  That’s quite the bargain!

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