Jackie D. Harris

Virginia Church Librarians


Virginia Church Librarians

Website: http://www.vacla.org/
Members: 24
Latest Activity: Nov 30, 2017

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Comment by Lee Smith on November 30, 2017 at 10:29am

Virginia Church Library Association Spring Conference

VCLA 60th Anniversary Kickoff


Disciple Making Through Your Church Library


Guest Conference Leaders:


Morlee Maynard – Lifeway Church Library Ministry Specialist

Carolyn Walker – Lifeway Church Library Ministry Specialist

Allison Maynard – Book Systems, Inc.


Classes Offered


Disciple Making Centers, Selection for Specific Ages, Concourse & Atriuum Classes, Tablet & Internet Safety Class, Classification, Team Building, Intro to VLC Media Player,

Library Administration, Supporting Other Ministries, Promotion, Leadership Skills, Procedures Manual, Weeding, Round Table Discussions, Book Reviews



Classes and Conferences Leaders subject to change




After January 2, 2018



Eagle Eyrie Conference Center

1 Eagle Eyrie Drive

Lynchburg, VA  24503

(434) 384-2211


Conference Information and Updates


Information will be available January, 2018




Facebook – VCLA / Virginia Church Library Association


Comment by Lee Smith on October 22, 2017 at 8:49am

Fall Conference Highlights

We had a successful fall conference thanks to our great conference leaders Carolyn Walker, Hope Ferguson, Allison Maynard and Karen Jones.  We had 53 people registered who represented 32 churches from 6 different states and 15 of those were new who have never attended a VCLA conference before. These are some exciting numbers considering what we are hearing from other states. We welcome all of the new people and especially our new members to VCLA.

We had a book collection for the hurricane victims at the conference for those who would like to contribute. We asked each person to bring one new children’s book if they would like participate. As of today we have collected 167 books for all ages. We are working to get these books shipped to the Houston area. We have been in contact with one of our other church librarians there in Houston who is going to help with the distribution of these books.

VCLA members be on the lookout for a new newsletters in the coming months. This newsletter will be in addition to the spring and fall newsletter. Details are still being worked out but this newsletter will feature new releases for all ages for books, DVD’s and more. This newsletter will be another benefit for being a member.

Mark your calendars for our 2018 conferences. April 13-15, 2018 is our Spring Conference, Disciple Making Through Your Church Library, at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center, Lynchburg, VA.  The Fall Conference is November 9-10, 2018 at Monument Heights Baptist Church, Richmond, VA. 
Look for more information in the coming months from the Anniversary Committee as we celebrate our 60th Year in 2018.

Comment by Lee Smith on August 29, 2017 at 6:36pm

Fall Conference Update / REVISED Fall Newsletter
Please check our website http://www.vacla.org/newsletters

We are pleased to announce that Hope Ferguson, Lifeway Church Library Ministry Consultant, will be joining us for the fall conference. We are very blessed to be able to have Carolyn and Hope, both from Lifeway, along with Allison, from Book Systems, Inc., as our conference leaders. While we have added additional classes that Hope will be teaching at the conference, we have also deleted a few classes that were originally being offered. Please review the new conference schedule, classes and class descriptions.

As a reminder, the early registration fee for VCLA members is $40 and non-members is $50 if you register by September 30. Registration increases to $60 for everyone starting October 1. Fee includes registration, dinner and lunch. Registration form can be found either on the last page of the newsletter or on our website www.vacla.org/newsletters

VCLA Scholarships are available for the fall conference for first-time conference attendees. These scholarships are intended to bring new church library workers to the conference for training and networking by offsetting some of the conference cost. This will also introduce them to everything VCLA has to offer. The scholarship form can be found on page 3 of the newsletter. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is September 15. Please encourage your new library staff members to come to the conference.

Comment by Bev League on August 11, 2017 at 10:49am

Tennessee would like to invite you to attend any of our Carnival of Ideas Training Events scheduled during September and October. Dates and locations are on the Ning Events Page and for a detailed listing of classes just go to www.tnbaptist.org and search for library! We would love to have you join us. Bring a carload with you and make a weekend out of it!

Comment by Lee Smith on June 14, 2017 at 11:19am

VCLA Fall Conference

October 13 & 14, 2017

Cool Spring Baptist Church, Mechanicsville VA

Libraries: Caring and Sharing

"And do not forget to do good and to share with others,

for with such sacrifices God is pleased."

Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)

Guest Conference Leaders:

Carolyn Walker from Lifeway and Allison Maynard from

Book Systems, Inc.

Guest Authors:

Jill Baughan and Roberta Damon both from Richmond


Concourse training

How to use Social Media to advertise your library


MS Word/Publisher for Marketing your library

Library Administration

How to make a Procedures Manual

Book Repair

How to get Media without paying for it

Servant Leadership

Mission Control: A business approach to church libraries


Two Scoops of Promotion: How retail methods can "Sell" your library

Classes are subject to change

Conference information can be found on our website under the events tab


Comment by Lee Smith on March 7, 2017 at 10:13am

March 15 Deadline for VCLA 2017 Memberships and Scholarships

If you would like to be included in this years membership directory dues must be paid and received by March 15.  The membership form and information can be found on our website www.vacla.org.

Also any first-timers who would like to apply for a scholarship for the upcoming spring conference the completed scholarship form must be received by March 15.  Information can be found on page 5 of the spring newsletter which is also on our website.

Early registration deadline to received the discounted conference fees for the spring conference April 21-23, 2017 at Eagle Eyrie Conference Center, Lynchburg, VA is March 31.  Register directly at www.eagleeyrie.org or by calling (434) 384-2211. After that date the program fee goes to $60 for everyone.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Eagle Eyrie.

Comment by Lee Smith on January 17, 2017 at 10:55am

VCLA Spring Conference "Libraries: Your Ticket to the World" is April 21-23, 2017 at Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center, Lynchburg VA. We have Carolyn Walker from Lifeway, Allison Maynard from Book Systems, Inc., Timmy Williamson and Melissa Crouterfield as our guest worship leaders from Lynchburg. Conference details are available on our website www.vacla.org and registration at www.eagleeyrie.org. March 31 is the deadline for discounted program fees. After that date the program fee goes to $60 for everyone.

Also mark your calendars for the VCLA Fall Conference October 13 & 14, 2017 at Cool Spring Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, VA.

Upcoming promotional dates that church libraries might considering promoting:

Wednesday, March 2 - National Read Across America Day

April 9-15 - National Library Week - "Because of You, Libraries Transform" is the theme

May 1-7 - National Children's Book Week - "One World, Many Stories" is the theme

Comment by Lee Smith on November 14, 2016 at 11:23am

This video link that one of our members did is a highlight from our VCLA Fall Conference at First Baptist Church, Martinsville, VA.  If you missed this conference there were good training classes along with speakers and great fellowship among other church librarians from across the state.


Mark your calendars for our VCLA Spring Conference, Libraries: Your Ticket to the World, April 21-23, 2017, Eagle Eyrie Conference Center, Lynchburg, VA.  More information will be available in the coming months on our website www.vacla.org.

Comment by Lee Smith on July 24, 2016 at 1:03pm

Reminder of our upcoming FREE event

VCLA Summer Librarian Coffee & Chat is next Saturday, August 6 from 10-11:30am at Monument Heights Baptist Church, Richmond, VA.  

RSVP by Wed. August 3 to Lee Smith at either Lsmith5471@aol.com or (804) 306-3862

We have a nice turnout so far of people that have registered.  Don't miss out on this event for both new and experienced church librarians.

Comment by Lee Smith on June 21, 2016 at 9:31pm

VCLA Summer Librarian Coffee & Chat

Sat., Aug. 6 10-11:30 am

Monument Heights Baptist Church

5716 Monument Ave.

Richmond, VA  23226

RSVP by Wed., Aug 3 to Lee Smith at either Lsmith5471@aol.com or 804-306-3862

This is a free event to bring both new and experienced church librarians together in a round table discussion setting.  Bring your questions and ideas and we will discuss them as a group.  Please share this event with anyone you think might be interested in joining us.


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