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At 10:09pm on October 1, 2012, Marilyn Hiebsch said…

Thank you!! How nice of you to say hello!  Such a great weekend!

At 7:13pm on August 9, 2012, Paul T. Jackson said…

Hi Mary.  Glad to be friends with you. I have another correspondent friend in Sibley. MO.  My church is a member of CSLA (church and synagogue lib. assoc.) It's a small church with a small but interesting collection; actually four collections in different parts of three buildings of about 2000+ items.  I've been involved with this library since about 2005 setting up their first computer system and searchable catalog. Now it's time to upgrade the software and move ahead with networking and Internet access.  You can see more about me on my outdated (made it myself effort) web site.

At 2:35pm on August 9, 2012, Barbara Rhodes said…

Thank you Mary, I appreciate your help.  I am a retired public librarian, starting a retirement job at the church I have attended since I was a young child.  A new adventure--it will be good to listen to the wisdom of more experienced folks.

At 8:43pm on August 8, 2012, Teresa Benson said…

Thanks for reaching out!  I haven't had time to connect with other folks yet, but am really looking forward to digging into some of the resources I noticed.  Take care,


At 3:30pm on July 17, 2012, Linda Patton said…

Hi Mary!  Hope your Summer is great!  I have located some Illinois Church librarians also.  Would like you share with me how you got started as a Church Librarian.  Thanks, Linda

At 10:18am on July 6, 2012, Lusetta Slagle said…

Thanks, Mary.  I had not run across this organization until late last month when I was looking for titles in the Guidepost series Miracles of Marble Cove.  I do have my Masters of Library Science and currently am working at the Washington County / Gray Branch Library in Gray, TN.  I have also worked at the public library in Gate City, Virginia; the library at Bristol (TN) University, Milligan College (TN) and Roanoke Bible College (Elizabeth City, NC) that is now Mid-Atlantic University.  Along the way I have established 4 church libraries and oversee the library at the church where I currently am a member and attend.  I like what I see on the web site.  I wish I had a resource like this when I was putting together my first church library.  Keep up the good work!

At 9:34am on May 31, 2012, Lois Rigdon said…

Hello, Mary,

Thank you for the friend request.  My mother (also a Mary) actually had a degree in library science, but I do not.  I started a year ago as librarian of Castleton UMC in Indianapolis.   At the top of my agenda right now is to find a free cataloging system that will go on-line, but also be accessible off-line.  I like LibraryThing, but don't know if it will work off-line...........


Lois Rigdon

At 11:00pm on May 21, 2012, Linda Patton said…

Thanks for the invite and welcome!  Will keep in touch.

At 6:37am on April 30, 2012, Sharon Bandlow said…

Hi Mary,

 Thanks for your invite. I am not a librarian but a retired reading teacher. I love working in our church library and I enjoy learning about the tasks of a librarian:)

At 6:54am on March 27, 2012, Vicki Burtchell said…

Thanks so much for you help!

At 4:20pm on March 26, 2012, Vicki Burtchell said…

Thanks for the welcome.  I am not a librarian, but I am trying to learn as much as possible to help re-open our church library.

One of my goals is to incorporate AR books for our elementary aged kids.  My problem--I don't know which AR books are really appropriate for kids to read.  Do you know anything about books by Bill Myers--the incredible worlds of Wally McDoogle?

At 7:55pm on March 22, 2012, Cheryl Carlson said…

Hi Mary,


Thanks so much for adding me to the site.  I'm originally from California, but have lived on the east coast, and in the north and south.  Right now my husband and I are retired in Tennessee.  The people here are so friendly and we love living close to the mountains.


Our church is restarting it's library, so I'm hoping to get some good insights from others. 


Thanks again!

At 6:50pm on March 22, 2012, Barbara S. Newman said…

Thanks, Mary,  I have been our church librarian for about twelve years.  It has

been a slow process and I am still learning.

At 6:04pm on August 23, 2011, Pat Wolfe said…


   I atatend a very small Church.  We have around 50 each Sunday morning.  We do not have a service at night, just Wed. night Prayer Meeting/ Bible Study.

I've never taken inventory, but I'm guessing there is about 1 50 books in our Library.

At 9:07am on August 23, 2011, Louanne Dietrich said…

Hi Mary,

You are in KC?  What church are you in?  I lived in St. Joseph, MO for 23 years.  Live down here in the Ozarks now, by Branson.  

At 8:19am on August 23, 2011, Pat Wolfe said…

Hi Mary,

  I was Church Librarian at a former Church for about 8 yrs.  I moved to another Church with NO library & tried to get one started, but the Pastor really didn't want one. He just wanted to have a small table of books on display in the foyer & IF someone was interested in one of the books, Iwas to let them buy it & then get a different  book to replace it. The foyer was very small  as well as the Church. There were no rooms available to put books in. Now I am at another Church that has a libray, but only a handfull of books have been checked out, some of which were by children & have not been returned. (Can't seem to find the books - --Pastors children)  My Mother was librian at her Church for almost 40 yr. before she retired.  I see you are from Missouri. I'm from central Fl.

At 4:40pm on August 18, 2011, Jennifer O. White said…
Welcome Mary! My maiden name is Odom! Always glad to see the name!


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