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Classes

Basic computer classes are held at each library for those new to the world of computers. Classes in Microsoft Office programs are also held on an irregular schedule. The libraries all have "hot spot" capability for patrons with laptops. Ask for access information at the circulation desk.

GED Preparation Classes are held at the Anahuac library.


Equipment Loans

Only groups, organizations, businesses, or county departments may borrow a piece of equipment. The person checking out the equipment is responsible for its return and use. The person must have a valid borrower's card and be over the age of 18. Equipment loans are for 24 hour periods.


Genealogy and Local History

The Chambers County Library System invites you to embark on an exciting voyage - to journey to the past to learn about your own family history. Beginners are invited to come to the libraries, where staff will provide you with basic materials on how to get started, and introduce you to some of the rich resources in the area (if you're a local) or in the country (if you're not). Occasional field trips of interest are arranged.

Local family name files and a variety of newspaper clippings, microfilm, and census materials are available for view, primarily at the Chambers County Library in Anahuac. County newspapers in hard copy are available for the past 2 decades. The Wallisville Age, a publication of Wallisville Heritage Park, is indexed by the library system, and in the database. The WHP Library collection is undergoing cataloging by the library system, and its holdings are included in our library database.

Genealogy Interest Group

Your family history begins here! Join staff member Mary Abshire as she shares her experiences with her own genealogy research. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been searching a while, this is the class for you. See the print and online resources available to you through the Library System. Learn how to use the library’s in-house subscription of Ancestry.com and uncover your past! The GIG meets the last Saturday of each month at the Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch Library in Winnie. Contact Mary Abshire for more information, mabshire@co.chambers.tx.us

  • Ancestry.com Website

  • Genealogy, Family Trees and Family History Records.
    (In Library Use Only)

  • Chambers County GenWeb site

  • Local history sources for records and information.

  • Wallisville Heritage Foundation Site

  • Includes information on the privately funded local history and genealogy collections (partially cataloged in the CCLS database)

  • Sam Houston Regional Library and Archives

  • A branch of the State Library, with museum and archival collections for the Atastocita administrative region.

    Homeschool Program

    Each month the West Chambers Branch holds educational programs for the Homeschool crowd.


    Library Publications

    Directory of Elected Officials

    The library system publishes a Directory of Elected Officials, and a new edition is printed after each general election. Copies are always available at the circulation desk.

    2013 Directory of Elected Officals

    Chambers County Clubs and Organizations Directory

    New residents will find this directory useful for moving their membership to a local chapter, or to learn of new opportunities for activity.

    Clubs and Organizations Flyer

    Chambers County Nature Sites

    The natural resources of this county are many. This list provides directions and contact information.

    Nature Sites Flyer

    Meeting rooms

    The Chambers County Library (Anahuac) has 3 meeting rooms available, for groups from 6 to 30 members. The Juanita Hargraves Memorial Branch (Winnie) has 2 rooms available, with seating for 6 or 24. These rooms are available to non-profit organizations. See the library policy on meeting room use, and to fill out a reservation form. Advance bookings may be made by phone.


    Memorials

    What is a Memorial book?

    A Memorial book is a book that makes a fitting tribute to the memory of a family member or friend. With your donation, Library staff will select a book in the subject area of your choice or you may choose from the library's memorial collection. A bookplate inside the book will note the name of the person in whose memory the book is being given. This same information will also appear on the catalog record for that book. The Library will also send an acknowledgement to the family.

    What is an Honor book?

    An Honor Book is a wonderful way to celebrate and honor friends and family on a special occasion such as a:
    • Birthday
    • Anniversary
    • Engagement
    • Job promotion
    • Retirement

    With your donation, Library staff will select a book in the subject area of your choice. A bookplate inside the book will note your name, the name of the person in whose honor the book is being given and the occasion being honored. This same information will also appear on the catalog record for that book. A card will also be sent to the honoree.

    Staff can arrange for a reserve to be put on the book so that the honoree can be the first to read the Honor Book.

    Gifts, Memorials and Tributes Form

    Online Databases

    The library system provides information in many ways. In addition to our in-house services, access to the Internet, to electronic databases and to e-books are available at the library computers and at home computers. Remote access passwords are available at each branch, along with a list of current databases.

  • Ask for the login and password at the circulation desk.
  • Online Databases

  • Wireless

    If you prefer to use your laptop, bring it! We have free wireless internet access available throughout the building at each of the branches. Ask for access information at the circulation desk.