I just watch a movie called, "The Zookeeper's Wife," and was much moved by it and would like to share it with others.  However, since there is no reference to God, faith, or anything spiritual, it is about saving the Jewish people during the Hitler invasion of Warsaw, Poland.  What is your guideline on whether to add or not add non-specific faith-based movies and books?


Here is an editorial review of the movie (no nudity, sex, or bad language): 

In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska (two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband successfully run the Warsaw Zoo and raise their family in an idyllic existence. Their world is overturned, however, when the country is invaded by the Nazis and they are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed zoologist (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, the Zabinskis risk everything by covertly working with the Resistance and using the zoo's hidden tunnels and cages to save families from Nazi brutality.

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  • Ann, you've already received great information and I agree with those replies.  I would like to make a suggestion.  Not only should a church library have a mission statement, but you need a selection policy.  That is one in which you describe the types of materials that will be placed in the library.  This should be approved by the church just as well as your mission statement.  If you have that selection policy you will not need to make such a decision  for each time you add media, but just check it with that policy.  It certainly works for our library as it does for many others.

    • Thank you, Eva.  We do have a mission statement and a selection policy.  When I first took over the library I set up both of those.  However, I think perhaps it time to revise  to a more detailed selection policy.  I agree with you that I should not need to make difficult decisions each time I process a book.  Now that I have had quite a few years experience, I think the original policy may be too broad.  If anyone would like to share their selection policy, I would be most grateful to receive a copy.

  • Ann, how does the message of the film fit in with your mission statement?

    • Thanks for your response, Joanne.  It fits in fine with our mission statement and the movie will be added to our library as I received approval from both my pastors.

  • Ann, we add many movies to our collection that are not strictly faith based but they must not contain unacceptable language, sex, or other inappropriate material. We want these type of movies to be educational and/or family oriented. We have several movies dealing with the holocaust from a secular viewpoint that are excellent movies but just hard to watch because of the subject material, but still important additions to the collection.

    • Paul, I really appreciate your answer.  I took the question to my pastors and both of them advised me the same as your advice.  I'm the only person who works in our library and I'm having to set guidelines as I go.  I'm really thankful for the help I get at CLN.

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