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International Day in the library

Every November our church has an International Mission emphasis week. Our WMU and children’s mission groups lead the church in learning about missionaries in certain areas around the world. Our library staff decided this year we would not only support this church wide emphasis with resources, but with a hands-on International Day event in the library. In September, we started asking for volunteers who had lived in, visited, or been on a mission trip to…

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Added by Susan Swisher on January 11, 2020 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Growing in Faith 2020 Reading Challenge

We do a summer reading program each year, and also usually an adult reading challenge for adults during the winter months.  It's usually 7 weeks or so, with the goal to read as many of the 16 genres we put on a bookmark as possible and we give prizes to those who read the most.

This year we're changing it a bit - it will last all year, and the goal is not so much to read the most (although we think we might give prizes) but to plan for spiritual growth and read books all year…

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Added by Debbie Dehart on December 20, 2019 at 2:10pm — 4 Comments

Yearly Devotional Exchange

I mentioned this in a previous post regarding an abundance of Devotionals and what to do with them.  Thought it would be a good idea to post here as this works well at our church.  We have an annual devotional exchange which takes place on the last Sunday in December and the first Sunday of January.  All of our existing devotionals are put on tables in the foyer on the last Sunday of the year.  Our members are encouraged to bring in their used devotionals and get new ones.  Over the two…

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Added by Susan Buchholz on December 12, 2019 at 6:47pm — No Comments

Read the Bible Through Ideas

Carolyn Walker shared how her church encourages people to read the Bible through each year. Click here to read her article. How about your church? How does your church's library support an emphasis on reading the Bible?

Added by Morlee Maynard on August 31, 2019 at 8:24am — 2 Comments

Library Extension Web browser add-on

Do you all know about Library Extension? You add it to your browser(s), and when you are on Amazon or another book seller site, it lets you know whether the book you are looking at is available at your public library! If your library isn't listed, just let them know, and they can add the library to their list. It's a nice feature that saves you $$ when you are thinking about purchasing a book.…
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Added by Karen Jones on August 28, 2019 at 10:33am — No Comments

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…

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Added by Morlee Maynard 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…

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Added by Morlee Maynard on July 24, 2019 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

VBS & Summer Reading Club 2019

Each year WBC Library tries to go along with the theme of VBS.  VBS theme this year was the popular In The Wild by Lifeway.  That was easy....the theme for our Summer Reading Club 2019 is Wild about Reading!  We purchased a truck photo stand-up & door banner to promote sign-up for the SRC.  Afterwards we gave these items to VBS Director for their decorations.  After our VBS week, decorations were given to another church in our area.

Will post pictures.  We have permission…

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Added by LeVelle Calbat on July 1, 2019 at 10:03am — No Comments

Clingan Ridge Library Supports the 2019 VBS Theme

This year's VBS theme was "Candy Land - Spreading the sweet love of Christ to everyone" so the Church Library partnered with the Children's Ministry for a "Reading is Sweet" summer reading program that started the week before VBS and runs through July.  Here's the scoop!  The ice cream theme is an "oldie but goodie" but this generation of readers had never experienced the fun.  During June there have been 39 readers and 118 books.  This is an excellent participation for us. …

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Added by Janice Baker on June 29, 2019 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Forty Years And Growing

Our church library was started, I believe, about 40 years ago.  At the time it consisted of just a few shelves.  About 36 years ago, it was taken over by a dedicated lady in our church who grew the library to thousands of items and a good circulation.  When a new sanctuary was built, she was able to have a space for the library added right near one of the exits, just steps away from the sanctuary and that visibility has been such a boon for us.

Six and a half years ago, I was…

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Added by Debbie Dehart on June 1, 2019 at 9:49am — No Comments

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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Added by Morlee Maynard on May 31, 2019 at 4:30pm — 25 Comments

Happy Birthday, Maxine

Happy birthday.  Hope you have had a very special day!

Added by Rose Newcomb on January 23, 2019 at 10:19pm — No 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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Added by Morlee Maynard on January 23, 2019 at 7:50am — 31 Comments

Help with Signage words

We are relocating our slatboards from inside the church library to the hallway just outside the library. The slatboards hold many counseling booklets, , biblical related brochures/pamphlets  etc that are free to take. I maintain an ongoing max/min on the items. Just wondering if anyone had some ideas as to what signage I might post above the slatboards to clearly identify it's purpose in no more than 3 or 4 words?

Added by Cheryl Subject on October 28, 2018 at 1:53pm — 2 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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Added by Morlee Maynard on October 26, 2018 at 4:19pm — No Comments

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.

If you are unfamiliar with Facts & Trends, click…

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Added by Morlee Maynard 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…

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Added by Morlee Maynard on September 15, 2018 at 9:42am — 3 Comments

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…

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Added by Debbie Dehart on May 11, 2018 at 6:39am — 2 Comments

Free Cross-cultural Christian Media

Many people are not aware that there are some great free Christian media available in hundreds of different languages.  Here is a list with the website link for those who do not know about them:

1) Free Bible in a Thousand Languages - You have to download their Bible app to your phone or computer to access the Bible: Free Bible App

2) Free Gospel Recordings - Global Recordings has free Gospel recordings…

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Added by Craig Dressler on February 1, 2018 at 10:47am — No Comments

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