FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH LIBRARY MINISTRY
The library is located on the second floor at the top of the narthex stairs. It is open to use and enjoy anytime the church is open. It is usually staffed on Tuesday mornings. The automated library catalog can be accessed from the computer on the desk. You may search by title, author and subject. Instructions for login are located next to the computer.
Our collection includes:
The mission of the First United Methodist Church Library is to supply books and materials that enhance the church curriculum and worship, promote individual spiritual growth, and provide reading for enjoyment and education.
Bible Study Helps
- Atlases 220.9
- Commentaries 220.7
- Concordances 220.3
- Dictionaries 220.3
- Encyclopedias 220.3
- Histories 220.9
- Interpretations & Criticisms 220.6
- Texts, Versions, Translations 220.5
Teaching Helps 221-229
Christian Theology 231-239
Church History 270
John Wesley's Life and Writings 287
Hymns-History and Background 264.2
Christian Art and Symbols 246
- Marriage 248.844
- Divorce 248.846
- Parenting 248.845
- Relationships 248.84
- Death and Grief 248.866
Children's Books (E)
Juvenile Books (J)
Books for Teens 248.83
Books may be borrowed for a three week loan period. There is no limit to the number of books a person may borrow at one time. The library does request you take only the number you can read in the loan period.
Selection and Gift Policies
The selection policy as approved by the Board of Stewards in 2008 is the guide used in selecting books. This policy is on file in the library. The final selection is made by the Library Committee, considering the needs and monies available.
Gifts to the library will be judged by the same criteria. Donations of money or books are gladly accepted as memorial gifts. If the library already has a copy of a gift book, the donor will be asked if the book may be passed on to another church library or if they would like to have the book returned.
Families are notified of donations made in honor or memory of their loved ones.
RECENT BOOK REVIEW: THREE CUPS OF TEA
One of the hundreds of fascinating books in our library is Greg Mortenson’s Three cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace...One School At a Time. This can be found at 371.8 on our shelves. In 1993, Greg stumbled into a village in northern Pakistan after being lost and nearly frozen attempting to climb the world’s second highest mountain. He was so touched by the kindness he received as he was nursed back to health that he promised to return and grant their wish for a school. Despite having been temporarily captured and enduring mountains of other obstacles, by the time this book was written, he had been responsible for building 55 schools as well as repairing other schools and building bridges and water systems. Greg’s philosophy has been to accept the people where and as they were and to work with them to achieve their goals. This is an easy to read book that provides a wealth of information about the area and the people who live there. It is full of wisdom and grace.