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why church libraries

 It is a question, it seems, only needed for churches without libraries. I believe every church I been involved with has had some kind of library made useful to others in the congregational. Some of the libraries are those of the pastor(s), others are small, mostly because of space allowcations. The last church library I was involved with had over 2200 volumes for a membership of a little more than 200 persons, including a section of more for children, perhaps over 500. Then I went to a larger church. the first one had expanded and built a very large new building, seating in the sanctuary, perhaps 700 or more. It has a choir room, a robe room, a kitchen, an office, a large foyer, and off that an overflow room, and a fairly large library room containing perhaps 1,000 volumes; it has expanded to another area on the second floor. Then there is another very large church which had a library room; not large, but in remodeling and repurposing some areas the library was eliminated.

I wonder if it leadership? My own take is that most ministers talk often about books they've read and mention them in sermons. But without a library there is little way of checking it out. It seems that if the pastor thinks books are important to reference, why not have them available in a library on site?

Just a thought.


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Religion of Tomorrow

I've just started to read Wilber's book: Religion of tomorrow

 This is a book of 2017- not sure how I missed it. Back around 1988, I had discussions with two ministers, from different traditions, researching biblical works in the East; they both said many Christians would be completely upset, that a new or different religion would emerge if they only knew what has been found.

It has taken decades since James Sanders first saw (1950s) the Sandscit Texts, and I don't believe we still know what they said.

Wilber, Ken. The Religion of Tomorrow (p. iv). Shambhala. Kindle Edition.

As a former Seminary student I enjoy Philosophies of Religion.

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Help from an old guy

    As a former Special librarian and retired now for about 22 years and still going, I've helped many libraries start-up or reorganize; Corporate, Public, Academic, State Prison, Churches, and Rare auto collection and an auto museum.

   The last several years I've had to bow out of singing in choir, playing timpani and jazz drums in ensembles, and given up most of my Professional memberships. This; the result of cancer treatments.

   However I'm still editing two publications, a Quarterly and a Themed annual book, Contrasts, for a fairly large group of writers.

    Over the many years I've written articles about building library collections, some on reviews of recordings, books, and Research. More recently I wrote some blogs on Public Libraries Online, the online magazine for PLA/ALA group. These can be found here: ; scroll down and click on the articles for full text.

    Another item I wrote is available at the Purdue University archive for downloading and may be helpful  for those starting a library; any library. You can find this work (downloaded 161 times since 2017) here:

    While after 10 years working with the church library, I'm no longer doing much library work, but if any of you need something I'm pretty good at suggesting approaches or finding things.

    I rarely go here to this site; so if you need to and CLN will allow it, send email to

Best wishes to all of you.


P.S. Praise the Lord--In January of this year 2021, I became one of only 5.7% who survive the stage 4 colon cancer which I've had; discovered in 2016. My sister, my son's 28 year-old wife, and her mother, did not survive this same cancer.

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Some years ago I wrote an article about securing book donations for our 55 prison libraries in Michigan, then published it in the library magazine, Against the Grain. Recently I have found the article is in an archive from which one can download the full article PDF.

   For some churches just getting started with a library, and those needing to expand, the ideas here could be useful. I won't re-enter the article here, but give you the link.

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