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Recommendations: Grief
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Morlee Maynard commented on the blog post 'A Church Library Currently in Transition'
"A month from today the FHBC Enrichment Center opens our doors to welcome our church family to new opportunities to enrich their walks on their lifelong discipleship pathways. Yesterday afternoon seven of us spent several hours processing…"
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Morlee Maynard commented on the blog post 'A Church Library Currently in Transition'
"We considered several names which all had connections to discipleship. The final two options were Discipleship Center and Enrichment Center. We found people in our church could relate to enrichment better than discipleship. Perhaps that says a lot…"
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Marcy Hoggard commented on the blog post 'A Church Library Currently in Transition'
"I am curious about your choice of name for the library. I know you spent a lot of time considering this. It looks like the focus of your mission is discipleship. Is there any particular reason your chose "Enrichment Center" instead of…"
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Morlee Maynard commented on the blog post 'A Church Library Currently in Transition'
"We had a great experience at the LifeWay Store on Wednesday!! We got 40% off from the sign on the shelves and another 20% at checkout.  We filled three large carts with books. Surprisingly we found many of the titles our church staff requested…"
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Jeannie Hart replied to the discussion 'Recommendations: Grief'
"Please add Life after Grief, choosing the path of healing by Rebecca Hayford Bauer; Grace for the Widow, a journey through the fog of loss, by Joyce Rogers; Though I Walk Through the Valley by Vance Havner and This Life I Live by Rory Feek."
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Wendy McClenahan replied to the discussion 'Recommendations: Grief'
"Experiencing Grief by Norm Wright - tiny but great book recommended by our church's spiritual care pastor."
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Morlee Maynard replied to the discussion 'Cathy Moss'
"Whoops! I replied to quick this morning. You are asking a different question than self-checkout. Sorry about that. We have Atriuum which as Atriuum on the Go for customers/patrons to search for themselves and checkout.  We visited a really cool…"
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Morlee Maynard replied to the discussion 'Cathy Moss'
"I am finding lots of church libraries are doing so with success. Let me contact a few of those to respond. I hope those who have self-checkout will share how they do it. Great question!!"
Jul 2
Jeannie Hart replied to the discussion 'Recommendations: Grief'
"Here are some books on grief that I have found helpful. Beyond the Sorrow by Tammy Trent, When You Lose Someone You Love by Richard Exley, A Widow's Journey by Gayle Roper, A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken, Prayers of Hope for the…"
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Recommendations: Grief

Eva Nell Hunter and Carolyn Walker prepared a list of recommendations on the topic of grief. Click here. Do you have recommendations? Please share those with us in the reply below.See More
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Morlee Maynard commented on the blog post 'A Church Library Currently in Transition'
"During the last 2 weeks we have been sorting through books that were moved but not considered. And we have a list of items that we need to complete series of books both in fiction and non-fiction. We hope to take advantage of the great sales at the…"
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A Church Library Currently in Transition

Back in January (2019) our pastor and staff started the process of assessing all the ministries of our church as to how each on aligns to the mission, vision, core values, and discipleship process of our church. They determined that our library ministry needed to move in the same direction our church family is going.

On March 27th, I officially became the library team…


Posted on May 31, 2019 at 4:30pm — 15 Comments

Birthday Wishes to Maxine Bersch Lovern

Today, January 23, 2019, is Maxine's 100th birthday. You are invited to send your greetings to Maxine by doing so through your comments here. We love you, Maxine!…


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Facts & Trends Article: Domestic Violence

I was thrilled to get yesterday's edition of Daily Insights from Facts & Trends. The feature article is right on point about how our churches are dealing with domestic violence today.

Note that at the end of the article where the author asks the question: "How can ministry leaders help these women so they don't become another tragic statistic?" her third recommendation points to…


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Facts and Trends

Do you have a subscription to Facts & Trends? I encourage you to get the new digital edition which replaced the print edition this Fall. Many libraries have had the print edition in their collections for years. Since that is no longer possible, I highly recommend library team members subscribe to this newsletter.

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Posted on October 26, 2018 at 4:04pm — 2 Comments

On Reading Well

Just released by Brazio (Baker Books). I can't wait to use this book with a small group on Wednesdays at my church. I'm thinking it will be a perfect book for a small group study or book club sponsored by church libraries. Some of you have pastors and staff who discount the value of fiction for making disciples. Here's a book that is highly recommended to pastors and staff as well as the rest of us.

Have you…


Posted on September 15, 2018 at 9:42am — 3 Comments

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At 11:07am on May 10, 2019, Robert E. Wittmeyer said…


I will give you the lowdown. We are a large church as you know. Our first building phase was in 1985, with a sanctuary and a children's Sunday School building (3 stories with around 45,000 sq.ft.). The library was given a 24'X32' room in this first building on its second floor between the elevators and the restrooms. Eventually we built another building with essentially the same design, but larger (wider), for adults. Over the years, the children's ministry expanded to take over the first floor of the second building. Fast forward to last year, when it became apparent that the building designs did not support the current theory of discipling children in large groups rather than small classes. So a major redesign of both buildings was undertaken. The plan was to totally remodel the first two floors of both buildings and add a connector building between such that those 4 floors look like just 2 continuous floors. We have just concluded the financial pledging to support the effort and will get underway in about a month and a half. During the design phase, the library personnel (church staff and volunteers) were not consulted. Finally the library staff lady asked for an audience about 3 weeks ago after we had seen the plan that did not include space for a library. On asking the church administrator about the library, we were told that nothing had been decided. I had prepared a paper with several options for continuing some sort of library during the 2 year remodel effort. My last option was to eliminate the library altogether, a thing not wanted, but had to be on the list. The word came back in a just a couple of days was that there was no available space anywhere else in the church and that the library was to be eliminated. I could not even get a 17'x17' space for a children's library. Our children's books are going to our church school, The First Academy. The remaining books are being distributed free to pastoral staff, library volunteers and then the church membership on a first come - first served basis.

Now those are the facts. But let me have a few words about the decisions. As you note, evangelistic churches are majoring on worship and mission work (short term, local, and career). Our church is also putting a high priority on forming new Bible study groups, especially home groups, for mostly adults and high school students. We have a dichotomy between the children's large group philosophy and the adult small group philosophy. If we teach the children in large groups, how will we ever convert them to small group scenarios when they reach adulthood. I believe without any proof that the library was tabled by the design committee and left to the end for resolution. Then when all the new space had been dedicated, the library was left in limbo.

Also, the printed book is becoming a dinosaur, especially with the younger generation, so libraries as they are presently constituted have to change. Our public library has exchanged book space for large computer rooms, etc. My alma mater, Georgia Tech, in a partnership with Emory University, has recently removed all books from the on-campus library and placed in a book warehouse. The library building has been remodeled to have only student study space. A student can still obtain a book by request and it will be delivered from the warehouse the next day. Everyone has the knowledge of the world at their fingertips in the cellphone, so why bother with books. The e-book can be more comprehensive with illustrations (photos and videos) than a printed book, and more easily revised.

Now, to put all the blame on the church staff and building committee is not totally accurate. The library usage has fallen, and I had to provide those statistics to church staff; and it wasn't pretty. In fact, I was fully expecting the decision that was made. One of the mysteries that I cannot fathom is that people will take free books (as a result of weeding), but will not c

At 11:24am on January 24, 2019, April Reeves said…
Happy belated birthday to Mrs. Maxine on her 100th birthday!
At 12:31pm on April 28, 2018, Cathie DuVal said…

I downloaded and printed out the Church Library Ministry Information Service pages yesterday. I would like to do the Equipping Church Librarians for Ministry Certificate. But every time I click on it, it says that it doesn't exists. Am I missing something? Thank you for all the information. Have a great day!


At 3:51pm on April 26, 2018, Cathie DuVal said…

Ok, great. I want to learn as much as I can and think taking these courses will help me. Yes I buy these books. Just need to figure out how to down load them. Can't use the printer at work. Way to many pages.


At 6:11pm on April 22, 2018, Edie Asbury said…


After seeing Carolyn Walker's creative display at the VCLA conference, I dressed up my display cart of books for Mother's Day and Father's Day with visual effects.

At 8:15am on April 18, 2018, Nevada Diane Large said…

So glad to a part of this!  Looking forward to chatting and learning from my Christian Librarians.   Blessings to All!  

At 4:39am on June 30, 2013, Gene Cahall said…

Thank you, Morlee. Have you considered asking the prospective member 2-3 questions about their library to try to screen out the "weirdos" as you label them? Not just numbr of books/items that anyone could through a number at, but perhaps something subtle that could be answered by a legitimate interested librarian, but would result in an obvious "I don't know what you're talking about" to others? Maybe a question about favorite author or book title. Just an idea. Thanks for your efforts. Gene

At 9:38pm on January 30, 2012, Morlee Maynard said…

Hi Deanna!! Our state events are sponsored by the state SBC associations but the events are open to everyone and we have many denominations and church groups attending. Ridgecrest is also open to everyone. THANKS!

At 7:05pm on January 30, 2012, Deanna King said…

Hi, Morlee,

Are the many state associations holding meetings made up primarily of Southern Baptist churches?  or a mix of denominations?

How about the Ridgecrest conference?

I've been curious!  Thanks.

At 9:54am on November 15, 2011, Cindy Duke said…

Thanks so much Marlee!




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