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What is the "blessing" and why is it important?


I just finished reading a book titled, "The Blessing," by John Trent and Gary Smalley.  Also, just added it to our church library.  If you'd be interested in reading my book review, just click on the link below and it will take you to my blog post:



Added by Ann Lancaster on July 5, 2011 at 5:47pm — 3 Comments

Love the videos!

Great job, Sarah and I'm enjoying hearing all the stories!  Thanks.

Added by Sandra Fitts on May 19, 2011 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Summer Reading

How many of you are doing a summer reading program?  Ours will begin this Sunday, May 22 and continue through July 24.  For updates, visit our blog at…


Added by Lynda Harrington on May 17, 2011 at 8:14pm — 5 Comments

New book in stores

Everyone needs to buy the new book  Eyes of The Ocean by Dan Morton.  This book is now in stores Target and Barnes and Noble to name a few.


Dan Morton will be in Myrtle Beach, SC later this week for book signing events.  He will also be in Florida and Virginia in the next few weeks.  Go by and meet him.

Added by Lydia Brown on May 17, 2011 at 6:42pm — 3 Comments

Prayer request: We are presenting some "How To" library workshops this Saturday

Several librarians from our southern California chapter of ECLA will be presenting workshops at the CMTA convention (Christian Ministries Training Association) in Pasadena, CA, on April 30th.


We'd sure appreciate your prayers for our preparation, for church leaders and potential librarians to attend, and for all to be encouraged in what God can do through church libraries.  Thank you!

Added by Deanna King on April 27, 2011 at 11:33pm — No Comments

Book fairs

Remember when your school had a book fair and you had $5 to spend on the book of your choice to be placed in the school library?


I want to something similar based on what I heard at a recent visit to a church library.  They did a book fair by purchasing books ahead of time (in their case, from Lifeway), then they displayed the books at the church and invited the congregation to purchase a book or 2 to be placed in the church library.  Any books that did not sell were taken…


Added by Jenn Burwell on April 21, 2011 at 1:20pm — 4 Comments

Library Week 2011

What are you doing this year to observe Library Week? Share your activities here!

Added by Morlee Maynard on April 7, 2011 at 8:44am — 1 Comment

Discounted Book Offer

Several years ago I wrote a book called "A Light From The Shadows: The Glory of God in the Lord of the Rings", in which I basically tried to answer the questions of the many friends who came to me because they knew of my love for Tolkien's fantasy trilogy. Within his epic story, Tolkien deals biblically with numerous themes, including fantasy, magic, and wizardry; truth, goodness, and beauty; war and gender roles; friendship and romance; and more! My book is something of a Scriptural "guided…


Added by Sarah Bowen on March 15, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments


We have purchased several titles in the Guidepost Series Mystery and the Minister's Wife.  We try to shelf the books in series order, but I have consulted several sources and have been unable to find any agreement on which is #1, which is #2, etc.  Do any of you have these books in your library, and have you found a definitive order for this series?




Dianne May

Added by Dianne W. May on February 12, 2011 at 1:55pm — 4 Comments

card making

Our library has a card making ministry that raises about $900 a year for the library.  The congregation donates used greeting cards and volunteers use them to make new "recycled cards". Then the congregation buys them off a card rack located in the library for a free will donation. At Christmas the group makes boxes and bags out of the used cards and sells those also.


Added by Lisbeth Danielson on February 7, 2011 at 3:06pm — 6 Comments

Book Selection

I just found out about this site, and it looks like it might be very helpful as we select books for our libraries. 

Some of the conclusions by reviewers are surprising, though, and I would not base my decisions on their opinion alone.  It does give food for thought as we try to be discerning in selection. 

Go to  and see what you think. 

Added by Linda Johnson on January 28, 2011 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Library Challenge

Last February I wrote about a challenge we issued to the adults and youth of our church, "Read 10 in 2010".  It was a successful challenge.  Sixty people accepted the challenge.  Thirty-three read at least 10 books and many read far more than ten.  Although some didn't quite meet the challenge, they read some when they otherwise might not have and added to the fun of the challenge.  The interest ran high throughout the year.  Eighteen were first time users of the library.  There were more…


Added by Linnie B. Hyde on January 20, 2011 at 9:48pm — 2 Comments

ebooks and libraries - a thoughtful blog article to read & consider


This is a rather long blog about public libraries and ebooks, but well-worth reading. If you have a Kindle, Nook, etc. or if you are considering adding ebooks to your church library at some point for your patrons, Meredith has done some very insightful thinking…


Added by Joanne Ladewig on January 19, 2011 at 8:43pm — 1 Comment

Martin Luther: A Controversial Visionary

Life of Luther is an historic, comprehensive biography of the most influential leader of the Protestant Reformation. This detailed biography of Martin Luther was reproduced from an 1850 American Sunday School Union original. It brings to light the contributions Luther made to the faith that continue to impact our lives even today. From scholar…


Added by Katie Gumm on October 14, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Fall Conference Oct 15 & 16

Working hard on the Fall Conference at Temple Baptist in Newport News, VA. Looks like they will have a good turn out and quite a few new people to the VBLA Group. Classes are Saturday if anyone wants to come last minute. I believe $35 for Classes that day.

Added by Joan Hite on October 14, 2010 at 6:35am — No Comments

Devotions Beautifully Presented in Contemporary Style

Mornings and Evenings with Spurgeon is a classic collection of daily devotions that have been updated to meet the needs of the modern believer. Written by the “Prince of Preachers,” Charles H. Spurgeon, these… Continue

Added by Katie Gumm on October 4, 2010 at 12:42pm — No Comments

A Mere Theory Has Been Adopted As Truth: Secrets of the Sixth Edition


Added by Katie Gumm on October 4, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Recap of Southern CA ECLA meeting 8-21-10 (CA Evangelical Church Libraries group)

26 people attended the Aug. 21 "fall" meeting for the Southern CA chapter of ECLA.…

Added by Deanna King on September 25, 2010 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

An idea about acquiring a needed book that is out of print

I have found several really fine books by bidding on ebay and for an example, I wanted an old, 1920s edition of Children's Lit that my sister used in college. I had my copy rebound and gave it to her daughter for Christmas and I wanted to replace it in my own collection. I found the identical copy in perfect condition and it only cost me 5.00. I have since found others in the children's lit. field that are not available now, and I just now had the winning bid for a copy of Reader's Digest… Continue

Added by Maxine Johnson Bersch Lovern on September 24, 2010 at 4:55pm — 2 Comments

Christian fiction reommendations

While we have a substantial number of non-fiction volumes. I am convinced that what will draw adults to our library is an excellent selection of Christian fiction books. We do have the Jan Karon series and about 50 other titles, but I am looking for some really excellent must-have choices to include. If I head to Barnes and Noble I find an extensive number of books from which to choose, but I really would appreciate anyone's… Continue

Added by Keith Vemmer on September 6, 2010 at 6:39pm — 20 Comments

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