What are your thoughts about these research findings by the Barna Group?
Share with us what theme or themes you are using this Fall. Use the Comments post below.
Donna Duncan from First Baptist Church of Arkadelphia recently joined the CLN. She shared their need to develop a vision statement that will help them serve their 21st Century church. One of our realizations in recent years has been the importance of our church libraries connecting in strategic ways to the vision statements of our churches. Let’s start a discussion on how our library teams have done that. Would you share how you did that and how you use this vision of where your…Continue
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…Continue
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I found the 10th post at
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Rose Newcomb, First Baptist Church, Cami, IL sent in the following:
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The LibraryThing is adding an OPAC feature for small libraries. Check the announcement at:
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We played on the VBS theme used maps to decorate the idea being that they read out of each 'group' (fiction, 100s, 200s,...) with a round prize for each (glo-stick, pencil, ball...) and they put a sticker on a world map for each book Both our regular church kids and the day-care kids are enjoying I did not even think about asking the adults to join us
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I am a university librarian conducting research on church libraries with the intent of publishing an article on the topic. I have devised an electronic survey to gather information and would welcome your participation. The short, 5-10 minute survey can be found at…Continue
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…Continue
I am a college Senior at Biola and I am taking a Integration Seminar class. For one of our projects, we need to have people complete a survey, based upon our area of ministry. My area of ministry is teaching young children how to read. So if you could PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take this survey by SATURDAY NIGHT that would be awesome!!! I need to have results in by MONDAY MORNING!
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I just came across a website that when I saw it I wanted to jump up and down, scream and shout, you get the idea.
The website is :
A Complete list of all Books in Series Order.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
The Library Thing now support lending aka circulation.
If you have a school library or a kids' section in your church library, please do not assume that this year's winning Caldecott book is appropriate for your collection. Although it has won various awards, the content has language and content issues that make it unsuitable for church-related children's collections. The title of the Caldecott winning book is "This One Summer" by Jillian Tamaki.
What are your 2014 Accomplishments and your 2015 goals for your church library? Click on comments here to respond.
Let's pray for each other as we seek to glorify God through our libraries in 2015.
We have a 2'x3' bulletin board outside our library door that I use for promoting our monthly themes. Instead of having to wrestle with rolls of background paper and a stapler, I put my display together on my scrapbooking table and then hang it. I use colored poster board for my background. It is the perfect width and leaves 6" of space at the top where I have posted our library hours and checkout periods. Poster board is easier to work with, and stores easily to be reused. I add my border,…Continue
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…Continue
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I came across an article in the ALSC blog on how one library has reorganized the shelving of Children's non-fiction book. Their idea is to select a small number of subjects and file books within those headings in Dewey order.
ALSC=Association for Library Service for…Continue