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Journey to the Cross

Our first Journey to the Cross was in 2012.  We are getting ready for our third year now and the thought came to me that some of you might be interested in doing this yourself on Good Friday.  I've posted pictures of the stations in the photos section so you can get an idea of how we set them up.  It's an interactive walk along the path that Jesus walked during His last days on earth.  I'd be willing to share our guide book that gives full descriptions of what each station represents, how…


Added by Ann Lancaster on March 19, 2014 at 8:21pm — No Comments

Church Anniversary celebrations

I read an article about someone wanting to write a book helping churches plan anniversary events. I'd like to tell her about our recent celebration but I can't find her article now. Can anyone tell me how to contact her?

Thank you, Marion Boan

Added by Marion Boan on March 18, 2014 at 10:42pm — 3 Comments

Emotional Benefits of Bedtime Stories


Recent research demonstrates how important it is for children to feel loved. Study after study shows that children who feel loved will become emotionally and physically healthy adults. Children who feel loved are better able to trust, feel more secure in relationships, and have a greater sense of confidence and inner peace. They are more likely to be achievers and report happiness and satisfaction in…


Added by Jeffery Warren Scott on March 17, 2014 at 2:26pm — No Comments

The Value of Bedtime Stories

Bedtime stories can give tremendous benefits to children and parents.  Here is a quick look at some of the may things that a regular bedtime story can do:

20 Benefits of Bedtime Stories

Church librarians can use this kind of information to encourage reading among families. Grandparents make great readers too!

Added by Jeffery Warren Scott on March 12, 2014 at 3:59pm — No Comments

New Children's Book to Consider-- cute, adorable, & focused on the love of God

"Where Do Belly Buttons Come From?" is a new book published by CrossBooks that is sure to please.  Written by a seasoned pastor with a heart for reaching children and families, the book has received exceptional reviews by all.  See the review page at  

In a nutshell, this nicely illustrated book is about children visiting their loving grandparents.  They…


Added by Jeffery Warren Scott on March 12, 2014 at 3:54pm — No Comments

My Blog

Here is a link to my blog.  I invite you to check it out!

Added by Betsy Ruffin on February 6, 2014 at 10:17pm — No Comments

The Cowden-Smith Library

The First Presbyterian church (USA) of Sarasota, Florida has a new library.  Over the past two years planing, design and relocation of the church library from a small, overgrown, humid and poorly located facility was accomplished.  By combining and gutting two former classrooms and providing a proper environment for library materials the church now has a comfortable, working library.  There is temperature/humidity control and wireless internet access. Shelving encircles most of the room (one…


Added by M. Bruce Maxian on January 16, 2014 at 10:42pm — 4 Comments

Recent Christian Movie Releases

The following is a list of Christian movies that have been recently released that you may want to get:

1) Grace Unplugged  is about a girl's relationship to her father as she launches a singing career.

2) Linsanity follows the journey of Jeremy Lin from obscurity to point guard for the Houston Rockets.

3) The Christmas Candle is a great family movie based on a story by Max Lucado.

4) I Am In Love With A Church Girl stars a…


Added by Craig Dressler on December 5, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Library Procedures

Does anybody have library procedures they would like to share? The traditional 2-week borrow time, .... but any others?

Added by Bonnie Walker on November 9, 2013 at 12:02pm — 9 Comments

How to Catalogue the Church Library

Our library presently is 'catalogued' by 'theme'. This is a good system, but tends to be too ambiguous and open for personal interpretation. In the past (20+ years ago or so) I used the Dewey Decimal System. Is that still a viable tool or would a newer system be more effective? What systems do my 'fellow librarian friends' use? Thanks for your  input.

Added by Bonnie Walker on November 9, 2013 at 7:17am — 8 Comments

Making a Library Automated


What do I need to get my library automated? I have a computer and a monitor. That's it. I would love to have it totally automated and would appreciate any input.




Added by Bonnie Walker on November 7, 2013 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

At the Hairdresser’s, Contemplating Readers’ Advisory \ Copied from Illinois Libraries Matter

Copied from Illinois Libraries Matter

At the Hairdresser’s, Contemplating Readers’ Advisory

Posted on October 31, 2013 by sporteus

I love talking to people about what they’re reading.  I always apologetically preface my questions by explaining that I’m a librarian because I don’t think folks frequently talk about what they’re reading.  Lately, the service man who came to fix my stove shared that he likes to read biographies of sports and rock stars although he avoids the…


Added by Marty Woodall on November 3, 2013 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment

Christian Manga or Anime Series for Youth

There is a great biblically-based manga/anime series out that was published in Japan.  It has such titles as Manga Messiah and Manga Metamorphosis.  Anyone who has been to a local library recently knows that manga has become quite popular among kids and youth.  In addition, the series is available in multiple languages if anyone is working among immigrant populations.  Go to the following website for more information: Next…


Added by Craig Dressler on August 29, 2013 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Book - Meanderings

The above book is an attempt to call attention to various political, moral, social, and religious issues of our day.  I am trying to get an audience for the book with the hopes of reaching people who might not otherwise be reached.  The book sells for $16.00.  Would you take a chance and orderr one for your church library.  

I have been in the ministry for over 50 years and recently retired from the second baptist church, hopkinsvillle, ky.  You can order a book by e mailing…


Added by robert d lawrence on August 26, 2013 at 1:02pm — No Comments

August 20--Free Webcast--Inspired Reading: New Titles in Christian Fiction

SPONSORED  David C. Cook Publishing, Kregel Publications, WaterBrook Multnomah and Library Journal

EVENT TIME AND DATE: Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET/12:00 – 1:00 PM PT

From apocalyptic adventures to intricate Amish relationships, Christian fiction is so much more than devotion. Whether you are looking for some good clean romance or exciting protagonists guided by the Spirit, this webcast is for you. Discover the latest…


Added by Ellen Bosman on August 7, 2013 at 11:36am — No Comments

Exercise or gardening in the library

Thought this might interest some as a novel way to get patrons into your library. I suggested this in a 2011 speech to the Northern Colorado Faith Library Network

Sneak peek of the new Cedar Rapids Public Library includes stunning views from green roof…


Added by Ellen Bosman on August 5, 2013 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Library Training

For those living in states/areas who are still able to offer quality library training, please consider how blessed we are to have access to good training (Ridgecrest included.)

Please consider being a part of the training events near you as a vote that you would like for the training to continue. 

Please get involved and show your support and love for this great ministry.

Added by Bev League on July 12, 2013 at 8:14pm — 2 Comments

Old Book

I ran across a book yesterday that was 118 years old!  "The Inspiration and Accuracy of the Holy Scriptures" by John Urquhart. There is a stamp in it with the name S. A. Duggan and address from Leyton, (London, England) He also signed and dated it "1/5/95" (May 1st, 1895) That was 1 month after John Urquhart wrote the preface.

Added by Kevin Talley on July 3, 2013 at 10:13am — 2 Comments


Not sure how this works, yet. I'm 55 years old. I lost my wife August 30, 2012. My biggest passion now is walking, and working at the church. I really like to edit the church videos and make the worship service DVDs for the church. I need to light a fire under the library here at church. I guess I need to raise the library awareness level.
Stop by and give me some ideas!

Added by Kevin Talley on July 2, 2013 at 7:19pm — 1 Comment

Help your patrons find "free" Christian ebooks if they own a Kindle and subscribe to Amazon Prime

If you have patrons who own a Kindle and subscribe to Amazon Prime, there's a huge selection of "free" (free to Kindle/Prime members) Christian ebooks that can be borrowed from the Kindle Lending Library.

See my blog post showing how to find the "free" Christian Kindle books.

Added by Colleen Greene, MLIS on April 25, 2013 at 11:20pm — 1 Comment

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