Debbie Dehart
  • Female
  • Schoolcraft, MI
  • United States

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Question about a Conference for Librarians
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If you were to attend a conference for church librarians, what are some workshop options you'd like to see? What interests you, what would you find helpful in your job as a church librarian?Thanks!Continue

Started this Q&A. Last reply by Kate Self Mar 14.

Library Newsletter
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Does anyone else here put out a library newsletter?  What kinds of things do you put in it?  We started one last October, which has grown in scope quite a bit and I'm interested to know what others…Continue

Started this Q&A. Last reply by Elizabeth Speer Jan 25, 2018.

Just found this site!
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Hello, my fellow-church-librarians!  I had surgery a few days ago and have been taking advantage of this bed-ridden time to find some library-related sites on-line, and came across this one.  I'm…Continue

Started this Q&A. Last reply by Debbie Dehart Apr 12, 2014.


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Latest Activity

Kate Self replied to the discussion 'Question about a Conference for Librarians'
"Book Repair!"
Mar 14
Debbie Dehart posted an event

"Church Librarians Matter" at Baker Book House, Grand Rapids MI

May 4, 2019 from 9am to 4pm
This conference is in conjunction with the Evangelical Church Librarian Association's Librarian Day, held on Friday, May 3,  at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, MI.  The conference is on Saturday, May 4, and there will be workshops, discussions and an informative panel that will give insight into running church libraries. Lodging:…See More
Feb 25
Debbie Dehart replied to the discussion 'Fiction/bio books for a tween boy'
"By comic style do you mean graphic novel?  The ones I am thinking of are not graphic novels.  "
Feb 11
Debbie Dehart replied to the discussion 'Fiction/bio books for a tween boy'
"Ugh - the problem with adult fiction for that age is that it's either going to be too gruesome or have romance in it or both. He might enjoy the Bug Man mysteries by Tim Downs, if his parents are okay with him reading books for adults.…"
Feb 9
Debbie Dehart replied to the discussion 'Title Suggestions'
"Some recent favorites: Fiction Fawkes by Nina Brandes anything by Cynthia Ruchti anything by Angela Hunt Non-fiction: Stealing from God by Frank Turek Reading the Bible With Rabbi Jesus by Lois Tverberg Anything by Gary Thomas (Sacred Pathways,…"
Feb 9
Everlie Bolton replied to the discussion 'Question about a Conference for Librarians'
"Marketing!  How to let the church family and community know about the resources that are available."
Feb 2
Debbie Dehart replied to the discussion 'CD Disc Holder(s) for Books on CD'
"We do it as follows: Fiction on CD, say a book by Terri Blackstock:  CD BLA Non-fiction on CD, say a book by McArthur: NONF CD MCA That's it.  The CD lets you know, in perusing the catalog, that's it is on Audio rather than a…"
Jan 10
Debbie Dehart replied to the discussion 'Question about a Conference for Librarians'
"Bumping this up - anyone else have a response for me? Thanks!"
Jan 7
Debbie Dehart replied to the discussion 'Books to be shelved'
"We generally do not add non-fiction books by authors with whom we have strong doctrinal differences (Joel Osteen is a good example) but  don’t usually carry it over into the fiction area."
Jan 5
Debbie Dehart replied to the discussion 'overdue problem'
"We have a lot of overdues and some are from six months or more ago.  We don't bill or use fines; if a very long time has gone by, we tend to mark the book "missing", or remove it from the catalog, or replace it. I find it…"
Dec 21, 2018
Debbie Dehart replied to the discussion 'How to classify "Creation" in adult nonfiction?'
"My thought is that you could and perhaps should go ahead and put them under the same number.  After all, who's to know that "technically" they belong elsewhere? Your goal is to make things easy to find for your users, and having…"
Dec 21, 2018
Debbie Dehart replied to the discussion 'Books to be shelved'
"Adding, I don't mean to sound like we add anything without discernment.  We are pretty careful about what we add too ... but we also don't limit ourselves to books which reflect a theology identical or similar to what our own church…"
Dec 18, 2018
Debbie Dehart replied to the discussion 'Books to be shelved'
"Yes, we have had similar issues with readers complaining about one thing or another in a book. One of our "solutions" is a small spine label we created that says 16+ on it. This is an indicator that there is adult content in the book,…"
Dec 18, 2018
Debbie Dehart replied to the discussion 'Books to be shelved'
"We use purchased labels for Classics (from Demco) and created our own Good Reads labels. We also have a framed explanation in our library of what these labels indicate and why we have added these books to our collection."
Dec 11, 2018
Debbie Dehart replied to the discussion 'Picture books - how to catalogue'
"When we took over our library, that is how it was done.  But i found it to be cumbersome and unnecessary for our needs. I can see some advantages but I am still happier with the designation we use now."
Dec 11, 2018
Debbie Dehart replied to the discussion 'Books to be shelved'
"For the past three or four years, we have been building up a collection of what we call Classics and Good Reads.  We have arbitrarily determined "classic" to be a (not-necessarily-Christian book published before 1960) and Good Reads,…"
Dec 10, 2018

Debbie Dehart's Ideas

Book Clubs

Here is a article I wrote from our current church library newsletter.

Book Clubs

Many people who love to read also love to discuss the books they’ve read with others.  It’s even better if this discussion takes place with someone else who read the same book; and while it is especially fun if you both loved the book, there is also something to be said for…


Posted on May 11, 2018 at 6:39am — 1 Comment

Winter Reading Challenge

At our church we're doing a Reading Challenge for adults - we're handing out bookmarks with sixteen categories of books, and participants have from Jan. 31-March 6 to read as many as they can (or want to! it's supposed to be fun, not pressure). We will give out coupons for signing up and for every book they read, and if we have some real over-achievers, we'll decide towards the end of February what kinds of other prizes we'll give out.

Here are our 16 categories...



Posted on January 25, 2016 at 4:26pm — 7 Comments

Summer Reading Update

Our Summer Reading program has come to an end and I thought I'd give you an update on how it went.

Overall, we were very happy with how it went.  Not all of the 75 people who signed up actually participated, but this was probably a good thing, as we were VERY busy and I can barely imagine what it would have been like if they had all been doing it.  Here are some things that happened:

1. Our circulation more than doubled during the program.  We used to have about 200…


Posted on August 14, 2015 at 9:09am

Summer Reading Program at our church

We developed a summer reading program we're calling Berean's (name of our church) Book Bingo.

We have three groups - Beginner (3-gr. 2), Intermediate (gr. 3-6) and Teen (gr. 6-12).  I made a different Bingo card for each group; the first two have 25 squares and the Teen card has 20.  In each square three there is a  different genre or category of book, for example for the Beginner one it includes, among others, Animal story, Bible story, Easy Reader, Author A-D,  etc. The others…


Posted on May 23, 2015 at 7:36pm — 7 Comments

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