Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Chambers County Library System – April, 2017

April started off with a birthday celebration to mark the one year anniversary of the Sam and Carmena Goss Memorial Branch Library.  We opened our doors one year ago on April 11, 2016.  To celebrate, we had local authors, movies, and refreshments.  Members of the Friends of CCLS operated the bookstore, welcomed the public, and opened several new Friends memberships.  Over 100 people stopped by to wish us well, and for those who hadn’t seen the library, they were treated to a tour by the staff. 

The Friends met on the 6th for their first quarterly meeting of the year.  Instead of discussing a year’s worth of material at the annual meeting, it was decided to hold shorter meetings throughout the year.  This has proven successful with more participation and ideas from Board members.  Fundraising events are in the works for the fall. 

In programming news, the branches held after school Easter parties for the little ones with egg hunts and visits from the Easter Bunny himself.  The Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch in Winnie held an adult craft program on macramé on the 18th, Storytime and Babygarten continued at the branches, with movie nights, craft club, and book clubs rounding out the month. 

Some special programs included an “LOL Comedy Night” at Anahuac.  Several self-proclaimed comedians shared a joke or two with the group.  April 30th marked the 21st anniversary of The Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).  Libraries across the state hold programs for children and families to celebrate reading, and to emphasize the importance of literacy for children of all cultures and backgrounds. Staff member Aquilia De la Cruz held a bilingual program reading the book, Biblioburro written by Jeanette Winter.  Families enjoyed crafts, games and refreshments. 

Teen programs at Anahuac included Anime club, and a Library Cosplay Café program on the 29th.  Teens gathered to watch anime, play videogames, and attend a cosplay competition.  Mont Belvieu teens also continue their anime club meetings each month.   

Staff members Annie Vass and Aquilia de la Cruz attended a United Way Community Initiatives Committee meeting to report on tutorials for the 2016-17 school year.  After school tutorials have been in place for the past several years at Anahuac for students in need of extra help in subject areas of math and reading.  Many of the kids in attendance have transportation needs, which is provided by the Sheriff’s Office.  Volunteer tutors give their time each week to help middle school students with their homework needs.  The program has proven to be successful, with many of the kids advancing their grades each six weeks. 

The Chambers County Historical Commission held a Historical Marker dedication ceremony in Smith Point on the 29th.  Smith Point Community Church was honored for their 100+ year history of serving as a church and school in Chambers County.  Over 100 people gathered to celebrate the occasion, along with a speech from pastor Michael Graves and music from the Swamp Angel Brass Band from Liberty. 

And finally, GED prep classes continue at each of the Chambers County Libraries.  Classes will continue at Anahuac and Mont Belvieu during the summer.  Registration dates and times will be available soon.    

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