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Church Library Survey-Please participate

Church library survey

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…


Added by Ellen Bosman on June 18, 2015 at 5:00pm — 11 Comments

Summer Reading Program at our church

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…


Added by Debbie Dehart on May 23, 2015 at 7:36pm — 7 Comments

Extending church library beyond church membership

Our church has over 300 pre-schoolers and Mother's Day Out children enrolled in its weekly programs. A great percentage are non church members. Our Media Center schedules these classes twice weekly for story time. At the New Parents meeting each fall the teachers inform these parents of our reading program and the parents are invited to visit our library and meet us and see our facility.They are amazed to find such an outstanding, convenient media center for their use. We provide applications… Continue

Added by Almyra W. Johnson on April 25, 2015 at 8:36am — 1 Comment

Survey.. for my Integration Seminar Class

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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Added by Georgiana Claire Wentz on April 23, 2015 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Books in Series Order

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.

Added by Janet Estridge on March 14, 2015 at 5:53pm — 4 Comments

The LibraryThing

The Library Thing now support lending aka circulation.

Added by Buford Carter on February 25, 2015 at 8:19pm — 1 Comment

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

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