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How to Set up a Church Library With Fiction and Non Fiction

Steps

  1. Arrange a meeting with your Pastor(assuming of course, that you are not the Pastor) and the church elders.
  2. Present your idea about having a library at the Church.Have a written letter that details what you are proposing so that it is easy to talk through the points or to add onto your ideas. Consider the following: who will you loan books to (the community or just the congregation), how long will you loan books out for, creating a committee to decide on which books should be included, when should books be taken out of the collection, how will the books be arranged (e.g. alphabetically: by author or by title or by subjects), will any resources be allocated to running the library (purchasing materials or books or computers).
  3. Mark on the calendar days that the library will be running.Try to keep a running total of the number of materials checked out and how many people visit to show how useful the library is to your community.
  4. Request a committee of volunteers to help run the library.
  5. Decide where in the Church building to have the library.Make sure that this area is well ventilated and not a humid space. Also make sure that this area is accessible for all of your members.
  6. Start creating a list of concepts that would benefit the congregation.Focus on authors that would fit your congregation or mission statement best. Then begin making a list of books which you plan to have at the library.
  7. Ask the congregation, local libraries, schools, or book sellers for donations for your budding library.
  8. Make little envelopes, and stick them on the books.Using a 4 X 9.5 inch envelope sealed shut and then cut in half will hold an index card.
  9. Make little library cards to place in the book envelopes.These index cards (since they hold up better than just paper) will help you keep track of when and how often the book is loaned out. These cards should list the title of the book and then below the due date and who it was loaned to. The due date should also be stamped on the library card holder in to book itself.

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  • While you definitely want a Church library to have religious books(more specifically Christian books, or which ever religion that your belong to), you should categorize the books into both fiction and non-fiction.
  • While the Holy Bible, is an obvious choice for a Christian library, it is not the only book on Christianity which you should put in a Christian library.
  • Make sure that you have a good, well organized contact person who can answer any questions that may arise on days that your library is open. Also consider creating a manual on how your resources can be used.





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