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Morlee Maynard commented on the group 'Children's Libraries'
"Amy, I am praying for you today! We had our open house and first Sunday last weekend. May God bless all that you and your team does today. I also want ideas! I meet with our ministers of preschool and children this Wednesday to plan our Enrichment…"
Amy Ownbey commented on the group 'Children's Libraries'
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Children's Libraries

One of our new members, Deborah Gray, suggested we have a group for those who serve with children's libraries. Or perhaps those who are considering one. Or those who have mobile libraries they take to the children's area on a scheduled basis. Our purpose here is to share our stories, ideas, and discuss concerns.See More
Lynda Morrison commented on the blog post 'A Church Library Currently in Transition'
"So I have NEVER heard the term: Engagement Coordinator. Can you please fill me in on what their responsibilities are? I could make a stab at a guess or check the 'net, but I would rather hear from you, Morlee!"
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Morlee Maynard commented on the blog post 'A Church Library Currently in Transition'
"I was wondering if that would interest anyone. Our public library has engagement coordinators on their roster of personnel. It hit me that our church libraries could have specific people with the responsibilities to connect our libraries with…"
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Morlee Maynard commented on the blog post 'A Church Library Currently in Transition'
"We did it!! We launched the Enrichment Center on Saturday (the10th) during our new churchwide  open house. Loved giving out new book marks as a great crowd dropped in to check out the room.  Sunday was our first day to have the Enrichment…"
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"Today is the day!! We launch the Enrichment Center with a churchwide open house at 5pm today as we dedicate our new building!!"
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Bev League commented on the blog post 'Blue Valley Baptist Church, Olathe, KS'
"Such a very special story. Thanks so much for sharing, Fay, and for your faithfulness. It is so encouraging!"
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Bev League commented on the blog post 'A Church Library Currently in Transition'
"Thank you for sharing your journey. God does provide above and beyond all we could ask or think! Getting excited about celebrating with you."
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LeVelle Calbat commented on the group 'Children's Libraries'
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Children's Libraries

One of our new members, Deborah Gray, suggested we have a group for those who serve with children's libraries. Or perhaps those who are considering one. Or those who have mobile libraries they take to the children's area on a scheduled basis. Our purpose here is to share our stories, ideas, and discuss concerns.See More
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Jeannie Hart replied to the discussion 'Recommendations: Grief'
"Recently at Life Way I found the following books I want to add to the list of books on grief. Grieving God's Way: the path to lasting hope and healing by Margaret Brownley; Grief: Walking with Jesus by Bob Kellemen, and a Grief Share devotional…"
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Jeannie Hart replied to the discussion 'Recommendations: Grief'
"This week I read a children's book that is well done by Christine Harder Tangvald called Someone I love died. Also found this book on our church library shelf and I started reading it; How to handle grief, Tracks of a Fellow Struggler by John…"
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Morlee Maynard replied to the discussion 'Book Clubs'
"Fay Hudnall, Blue Valley Baptist Church in Olathe, KS, send me the following to post about their book club this year. The library at the Ridgeview campus was restored in April. We immediately began planning our summer book club, and we are having…"
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Blue Valley Baptist Church, Olathe, KS

Fay Hudnall is leader of the Blue Valley church library which has two locations—their main campus and their Ridgeview campus. She asked me to post their story.


After losing every item in our Ridgeview campus church library due to water line breaks across the hall and above the library, the Ridgeview campus library of Blue Valley…


Posted on July 24, 2019 at 7:37am — 1 Comment

Children's Library Ministry

Let's start sharing what  we are doing through our library ministries with preschoolers and children. You are invited to join our new Children's Library group to share ideas and concerns. Click here.

For all of us, let's share what is happening here. Perhaps these ideas will prompt some of us to…


Posted on July 24, 2019 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

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…


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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!…


Posted on January 23, 2019 at 7:50am — 31 Comments

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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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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