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Caldecott winner - Heads up on content

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.

Added by Joanne Ladewig on February 6, 2015 at 10:23pm — 1 Comment

2014 Accomplishments and 2015 Goals

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.

Added by Morlee Maynard on December 31, 2014 at 9:33am — 2 Comments

Easy Bulletin Boards

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,…


Added by Gayle Rhodes on November 22, 2014 at 8:23am — 1 Comment

Developing a Book Donation Program

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…


Added by Paul T. Jackson on November 5, 2014 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Reorganizing Children's Non-fiction : A Dewey Hybrid Model

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…


Added by Buford Carter on October 18, 2014 at 8:19pm — 1 Comment

reading books

There was a good article on the benefits of Slow Reading in the Wall Street Journal a couple days ago.

Added by Martha W. Hancock on September 18, 2014 at 10:22am — 3 Comments

Update on DVD movie, "The Good Book"

Below are some of the awards our DVD movie "The Good Book" has accumulated over the past few months. If anyone would like to review the movie and post it here, just email me and I'll be glad to send you a copy (must be sent to a church address).

fredwilharm at…


Added by Fred Wilharm on August 24, 2014 at 6:38am — 2 Comments


I have come across a great variety of children's I CAN READ BOOKS for Level 1 & 2 readers.  Some of the series include:  books by Jan & Mike Berenstain (Neighbor in Need); Zonderkids Made by God series; and VeggieTales (Case of Missing Patience) stories by Karen Poth.  The eager readers are excited about going to the designated basket…


Added by Bev Etzelmueller on July 28, 2014 at 11:11am — 1 Comment

Prep and prayer

Thinking and praying about the best way to start up a new church library at Polson Alliance Church.
We were given *bookstore shelving* (PTL) by another church.

We have boxes of already donated books and DVDs and videos.

We have the space in our fellowship hall and the approval of our elders/officers/pastor.

$0 budget but great potential!

Added by Deanna King on July 27, 2014 at 1:42pm — 2 Comments

"What We Did in the Library on Summer Vacation"

In the wee hours of the morning of June 16, a tiny water line leading to a water fountain near the second floor library burst!  When the receptionist arrived about 7:30 Monday morning, she found water pouring down her office walls on the level below the water fountain, floors beginning to buckle, and on the floor above, the restrooms and hall adjacent to the water fountains were flooded! 

 "But," they said, "The library (located next to the flooded men's restroom) is okay."  We…


Added by Sandra Fitts on July 25, 2014 at 7:28pm — 1 Comment


Abingdon Fiction released their Fall into Fiction Preview ebook today ,

June 24.14.…


Added by In Spirit on June 24, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Blogger Mania

Hi Folks

In a past note I talked about setting up and maintaining a church blog using Google's Blogger. My reasoninf for that was WordPress and I just couldn't get it together. Blogger seemed to be easier for me. Recently on the Blog I have discovered how to put a slideshow on it.  I am so excited about it. One thing it does is it runs continually independent from the rest of the blog activity. It has been a great tool to let folks know of church events and books that I have placed in…


Added by Nancy C. Hinshaw on June 6, 2014 at 7:41am — 6 Comments

Breathtaking new thriller from Creston Mapes!

If you don't yet have a Creston Mapes section on your fiction bookshelves, all I can say is make room! I happened upon his book, Nobody, about a year or so ago and immediately wanted to…


Added by Diane Moody on June 3, 2014 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Reading 3x20-- Mental Exercise


3 x 20 = Success

Untitled 4 Reading is a full body workout for a child’s mind. MRI studies of children have found that reading lights up their whole brain. The front of the brain which deals with reason, speech, and problem solving; the back dealing with vision; and both sides of the mid-brain which process perception, sound, memory, and speech are all activated by reading.



Added by Jeffery Warren Scott on June 2, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

ALONE YET NOT ALONE: Movie release JUNE 13th

June 13th IS release day for the movie version of ALONE YET NOT ALONE, the amazing true story based novel, by Tracy Leininger Craven


Here's the movie trailer for a headsup view:…


Added by In Spirit on June 2, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

NETGALLEY: Advance Reading Copies FREE for Librarians

Wondering if is being used by other librarians in the group?

A fantastic opportunity for accessing ebooks without charge, directly from publishers and prior to publication. Netgalley participating publishers are looking for librarians to preview and review their newest selections - including Bethany House, Chosen, Baker, Tyndale, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, etc...

I have enjoyed a wonderful…


Added by In Spirit on June 2, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments


Great time to promo audiobook collections whether our own or public libraries online access. Feature authors and publishers available through,and to name a couple sources.

Plus great availability online for audiobook… Continue

Added by In Spirit on June 2, 2014 at 10:08am — No Comments

A Check Points Experience

Recently, Dottie Almond from Hudson, NC emailed me about her team's successful use of the Check Points for Ministry guide. We thought you would enjoy seeing what is going on in Hudson.

Thanks for the …


Added by Morlee Maynard on June 2, 2014 at 7:53am — No Comments

Cowden-Smith Library

Sunday, May 18, 2014.  Sarasota. Florida.  A dedication of the new library was held and attended by approximately 50 people.  The Reverend Dr. Glen Bell opened the ceremony with a few comments of brief history from Annabelle Cowden to Natalie Smith (Librarian). Portraits of each woman were unvailed by Bruce Maxian.  Pastor Glen presented a Certificate of appreciation to Jim Smith in recognition to both Natalie and Jim for their time and talent to the church.  Finally, Glen offered a closing…


Added by M. Bruce Maxian on May 27, 2014 at 3:28pm — 1 Comment

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