We are still receiving compliments on the new paint color and the amount of light in the library since it reopened in April. We continue to be bolstered by your support! Acquisition of a limited amount of new furniture is not moving as quickly as we would like. We continue to look at possibilities and we are as anxious as anyone to make the next big step in your “new library”.
Presently, Sue Schur and Marietta Johnson are working with Deborah and others to work out a few “kinks” in the database of library holdings. Then we will be able to continue entering additional titles from the card file and comparing the database to the books on the shelves. Everything we do is labor intensive right now!!!
In the meantime, we continue to add new titles, we are continuing our assisting the Just Peace Church program in composing a bibliography, and will support the summer Faith Formation program.
Your response to Jennie Talbot’s reviews of timely reading materials indicates that it is reaching many of you on Sunday mornings and in the listings in our Carillon articles. The latest list is as follows:
- Summer is here and the Church Library has several books for summer reading. The newest book at the library is The Faith of Condoleeza Rice by Leslie Montgomery. This book is not about Dr. Rice’s political life but about how her parents raised her to become an accomplished professional Her parents defied the discrimination in Birmingham, Alabama and stood against injustice to raise her to follow the Lord that they served.
- For lighter beach reading there are Jennifer Chiaverini’s first novel, The Quilter’s Apprentice and an early novel by Amy Tan, The Bonesitter’s Daughter. Two historical novels include Mary Higgins Clark’s Mount Vernon Love Story which is a reissue of her first book, Aspire to the Heavens. Another historical novel is Eugenia Price’s Before the Darkness Falls in which she blends romantic fiction with fact to create a story of the Old South.
- What does going green mean to you? Concern for the environment is not a new idea. If you want to read a classic book about sharing the love of nature with children, you will want to take out The Sense of Wonder by Rachel L. Carson written in 1956. Her book, Silent Spring, was a beginning to the early environmental movement.
- Another book in the Church Library to guide parents and teachers is Teaching Kids to Love the Earth by Marina L. Herman, Joseph F. Passineau, Ann L. Schimpf, and Paul Treuer. They have 186 outdoor activities for adults to share with children.
- The need for change in farming and agriculture is also not new. In 1994, Gene Logsdon wrote a collection of essays on the decline of rural society and the need for agricultural reform in At Nature’s Pace, Farming and the American Dream. The Dirty Life, A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love by Kristin Kimball is a more recent (2010) book about a small farm in the Community Sustainable Agricultural movement. If you want to eat food safely that is even less processed, you will want to use Lee Allen Peterson’s Edible Wild Plants in Eastern/Central America.
- Eric Carle’s Mister Seahorse is a beautiful picture book with little known facts about how different male fish care for their eggs and young fish. Because Your Daddy Loves You by Andrew Clements is a warm, reassuring, and humorous tribute to all dads.
- A book for father’s is Geek Dad, Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share by Ken Denmead. It is a guide to help fathers and their children enjoy tapping into the endless possibilities of their imaginations.
- An adult book about fathers is Dreams from My Father, A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama. This memoir focuses on Obama’s struggle to understand how his father’s African heritage mingled with his mother’s Midwestern origins in shaping his identity.
The Library is open on Sunday mornings before and after Worship and also Tuesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.