Request your ideas for Adult Winter Reading Theme: "Savor a Good Book"

The Bradley Baptist (Cleveland, TN) Library organization is sponsoring a winter adult reading program. This year's theme is "Savor a Good Book" with the theme scripture: Matthew 5:13a, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?"

Our idea is to decorate the display window with a kitchen theme including salt, pots, soup bowls, wooden spoons, measuring spoons, spices, dish towels, aprons, etc. For signing up to participate in the reading program, readers will get to select a gift from a wicker basket that will include recipe cards, salt shakers, measuring spoons, dish towels, etc.

We will ask each person to bring in their favorite recipe. These will be copied for a mini recipe booklet which will also include the favorite recipes from the Bradley Baptist Church Library Directors.

Does anyone have a "Recipe for Reading?" Does anyone have any other ideas that will help us develop this theme or the perfect clipart? You guys are great and I appreciate your input!

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Comment by Janice Baker on October 29, 2009 at 7:13am
Maxine, what a great memory you have. I was there on that Saturday many years ago when you did a wonderful job leading a workshop on Storytelling for our Bradley Baptist Library Workers in Cleveland, TN. The church library you are remembering is Westwood Baptist Church where Betty Norton is the Director. They had the perfect library on the main hallway from the Sunday School classes and just adjacent to the sanctuary. Westwood moved from that property several years ago and are in a new building now. The library at Westwood is still very active and Betty is still serving as the director. I will print off your comments above and get them to Betty. I know that your great memory and kind words will make her day; I know you did mine!
Comment by Maxine Johnson Bersch Lovern on October 28, 2009 at 4:20pm
Hey! Guess what!! I visited Cleveland, TN, probably about 15 years ago. I taught a workshop on a Saturday, I told stories for two or three occasions, and I can't remember the name of the lady who invited me to save my life! Anyway, I had a fabulous visit and took my husband with me. The library at the church I visited was wonderful, and had a glass wall so that people could look in and the children's library was across the hall from the adult library, which also had glass walls! On that particular weekend, it was Children's Book Week, I think, but anyway, she had at least 15 or 20 people in there using the machine to blow balloons and tie them up for the patrons.. There were all sorts of books that were contributed for the children's collection that day, and they were displayed on tables outside the sanctuary so that people who attended worship could see what had been selected. During the S.S. hour, the library was fully staffed with circulation people who could assist and THEY WERE NEEDED! People came in and out of the library all during the SS hour and went to the card catalog, found Bible commentaries, dictionaries, maps, charts or whatever! This library was in constant use! And they were computerized when that was a new thing! So, does this ring any bells with you? It runs in my mind that her first name was Alma, but I am not sure at this moment. NOW! I had another brain storm about the adult reading club--How about a sit-down dinner for those who register for reading, as a conclusion, and make the awards at that time. Then for entertainment you can bring me over and I'll tell a great story to wind it all up! Mackie
Comment by Janice Baker on October 26, 2009 at 10:00am
Thanks for all the ideas Maxine!
Comment by Maxine Johnson Bersch Lovern on October 19, 2009 at 8:40pm
Invite an exciting person to come and do a book review during the dates of the reading club.//Perhaps a local author could come and do a book-signing//Serve coffeee and donuts//Have libary brochures, flyers, bookmarks, penfcils or pens with your library name on them for gifts when people register to participate//Give a tote bag for carrying books as a prize for reading the most books//Have promotional material on each table with variety of candies scattered on each dining table on church supper night at the beginning of the club//advertise with door hangers and stair steps//have staff members visit each SS class to make announcements, give out brochures and have the registration forms to hand out if anyone volunteers to join the club//hang colorful banners in dining hall, on wall outside library, etc//get the church secretary to give you her member's email list if she will and promise to use it just for this one church function// Have a scented candle of something like Pumpkin Pie spice, etc giving out a delectable fragrance on the circulation desk. If you have a local Storyteller's League, invite one of them to come and tell a great story out of one of the books you are featuring--Or if you have an enthusiastic patron, ask them to do a brief testimonial at the Wed. nite supper regarding the Church Library Reading Club, and if they agree, then give them one of your newest books to read and comment on at that time. Speak to Pastor and arrange this time and date, so the speaker can be prepared to come to that particular Wed. nite supper and be on the program.

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