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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 — 3 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

New Bible Study Tool for Children

One of the classics of the 20th Century was How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren. An early chapter of that book was “Coming to Terms.” Words and phrases are the building blocks of reading comprehension.…


Added by Morlee Maynard on August 20, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

COOL Summer Reading Club at Grace Baptist Library

We just wrapped up our 3rd annual Summer Reading Rewards program at Grace Baptist Church. I have posted photos in the Photos section of the web site.…


Added by Deanna King on August 13, 2010 at 1:14am — 2 Comments

Help for small library

Hello everyone,

I am a retired teacher-librarian and have volunteered to be the librarian at our church. It is a very small library, probably about 1000-1500 books. It is open only for a few minutes on Sunday morning. I will eventually change this. I just want to get myself oriented with the workings of it all. I have volunteered for about five years, but now it will be a little different. I want to upgrade, promote, weed, and organize.our library. It will be a challenge, but I love…


Added by Arcie Garza on August 12, 2010 at 11:47am — 3 Comments

A "Making Lemonade from Lemons" Library

We've probably all heard the expression, "When Life hands you lemons, make lemonade!" Well, I'm not sure what Scripture might apply to a situation like that, but we had a medium-sized room for a library that was fine, except that several things beyond our control changed, and what was once a thriving location for us became known as "The Cave." Our library was no longer a location where the main congregation could access it easily or quickly, and…

Added by Joanne Ladewig on July 18, 2010 at 7:50pm — 4 Comments

Confessions of a Prayer Slacker by Diane Moody (Journey Press)

My family had a fun time last night celebrating my sister's first book

release!! So I want to share it with you first!! I highly recommend it

for every church library because Diane easily connects with all who

struggle with prayer on a daily basis. The book is easy to read, fun,

and challenging all at the same time. This book is Diane's first

published book. Her second releases in April which deals with the

journey of Debbie and Dick Church with breast… Continue

Added by Morlee Maynard on July 3, 2010 at 8:51am — No Comments

A Positive Life

This is an EXCELLENT book. It is the story of a young boy growing up with hemophilia who contracted the HIV virus through treatments for his bleeding disorder. The book cover said he "knew he had a choice - - - to feel sorry for himself - - or to live as faith-fully and boldly as possible." After reading this, any minor aches or inconveniences in life should seem trivial to you . . . if they don't, then you should reread the book and complete the Bible Study at the end!…


Added by Lynda Harrington on June 28, 2010 at 3:47pm — 1 Comment

Great News from First, Cleveland, TN

Lynda and her team are working hard these days packing their collection to move to their new space in First, Cleveland, TN new building. Exciting days for sure! In her email she shared some great news about something else going on in their ministry. I asked her if I could post it for her since they are so busy moving. Of course, she said yes! Here's the great news!!

And here's good news from today - - - - one of our younger readers received Christ as… Continue

Added by Morlee Maynard on June 25, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Stories of Faith and Courage from World War II

Stories of Faith and Courage from World War II

I have only skimmed a few pages but this looks like it will be an excellent book - - especially if you need a gift for a war buff. Not only is it a 365 page devotional but it gives a "unique and concise history of World War II with summaries, maps, and photographs…


Added by Lynda Harrington on June 16, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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