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Virginia Church Librarians


Virginia Church Librarians

Website: http://www.vacla.org/
Members: 30
Latest Activity: Feb 28

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Comment by Lee Smith on September 10, 2018 at 11:20am

Reminder that the deadline to apply for a VCLA Fall Conference Scholarship is next Saturday, September 15. The scholarships are for first-time conference attendees to introduce them to everything VCLA has to offer.

The scholarship application can be found on our website under the newsletters tab. http://www.vacla.org/newsletters/

Comment by Lee Smith on July 24, 2018 at 3:01pm

VCLA 60th Anniversary Celebration

& Fall Conference

Libraries - Diamonds In Our Midst

Conference Leaders

Morlee Maynard  -

LifeWay Church Library Ministry Specialist

Carolyn Walker -

LifeWay Church Library Ministry Specialist

Allison Maynard -

Book Systems, Inc.

Classes and Additional Information

For detailed conference, registration and scholarship information, check out our website www.vacla.org,    newsletters tab, or Facebook- VCLA/Virginia Church Library Association for updates.

Deadline for Scholarship Applications is September 15.

Deadline for Early Registration Fee is September 30.


Comment by Lee Smith on April 17, 2018 at 10:10am

We had a great spring conference here in Lynchburg, VA this past weekend. Morlee Maynard and Carolyn Walker from LifeWay and Allison Maynard from Book Systems along with some of our own members did a great job leading the conference.  We learned all about Disciple Making Centers and how to take that back to our own libraries to put it into action both personally and within the ministries of the church.

We had 42 people to attend, representing 30 churches but we also out of those numbers had 11 new people who have never attended a library conference before. We had people not only from VA but NC, PA, OH, TN and GA. It was great to see such excitement about church library work and all the new friendships that were being made.

If you weren't there you truly missed a great conference and weekend of learning.  Mark your calendars for the Fall Conference, November 9 &10, 2018, Libraries: Diamonds in our Midst. in Richmond, VA.  Information is under the events tab as well as our website www.vacla.org and our Facebook page Virginia Church Library Association.

Comment by Lee Smith on March 27, 2018 at 1:51pm


We have received your membership and payment, so you are a VCLA member. We welcome you as new member and so glad you found both us and this website.  Looking forward to meeting you and your wife at the spring conference. Once you find a photo you would like to use of yourself, just go to your profile on here and upload the photo. 


Comment by Ronald Mallon on March 25, 2018 at 4:43pm

Just got my papers from the Lodge, so I guess that means I am officially accepted as a VCLA member?  Hope so.  Anyway, will find a photo that shows my good side, and post it??  Or send to somebody??  Anyway, glad to join.  Did not know this organization existed until Kathy, church secretary, put the flier on my podium.  I think it came from MTBA office, but not sure.  Have a few pics of our (library)/classroom.  Will bring to conference.  Ya'll have a blessed day now.....Ron.....

Comment by Lee Smith on March 12, 2018 at 6:24am

We are excited to have added the group Big Island Bluegrass as the entertainment for our 60th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration on Saturday night.  You won't want to miss this great conference and enjoy a fun evening after a day of learning.

As a reminder VCLA 2018 membership dues are due by March 15 in order to be included in this years membership directory.  Information can be found on our website www.vacla.org under the membership tab.

Also the early registration discount fee ends on March 31.  The program fee will increase to $60 for everyone starting April 1.   

Comment by Lee Smith on February 24, 2018 at 3:01pm

VCLA is pleased to announce that we are going to be offering again for the Spring Conference scholarships for first-time conference attendees.  The scholarships are intended to bring church library workers to our conference for training and networking.  This will also introduce them to everything VCLA has to offer.  Financial assistance is available to help offset some of the conference cost.  The scholarship application and all of the details, can be found on page 5 of our Spring Newsletter.   The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 1, 2018.

Comment by Lee Smith on November 30, 2017 at 9:29am

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.


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