The Church Library has something for everyone, from toddlers to adults. Study, learn, find inspiration, or be entertained with an array of books, audiobooks and DVDs. The Church Library is located in the Lower Level in Room 110. It is open for book checkout any time the church is open. It is a self-checkout system. All you do is write your name on the card found inside the book cover and place it in the checkout box. Directions are posted in the room.

The Library includes all genres of Christian books from commentaries, devotionals, inspirational, and fiction. Some titles you might find available include The Mitford Series by Jan Karon, The Mark of the Lion by Francine Rivers, and The New Daily Study Bible Commentaries by William Barclay.
The Library gives a gift of a children’s book to newborns in the congregation. The Library is an inviting place that also can be used for small group meetings. Please contact Susan Patterson at for more information on the Church Library.

The Library Corner

July 2018: The Book and the Movie

It’s July, and if July runs true to form, it will bring us some long hot days, and a lot of humid nights. At some point you may decide that indoor occupations are in order! That would be an opportune time to check out an interesting book or a good movie from the church library to provide some indoor entertainment for you or the youngsters in your life. In some cases we have “paired” books and movies—the book, and the movie that was made from it. Here are some of those:
Wonder. This best selling book for youngsters written by R.J. Palacio is about a 10 year old with a conspicuous facial deformity who has to learn to cope with the reactions of others. The popular movie stars Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts, and Jacob Tremblay.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The book is part of the long time favorite series by C.S. Lewis, the Chronicles of Narnia. In this adventure Lucy, Edmund, and their very disagreeable cousin Eustace join Narnians on a voyage to the very ends of the world. We also have The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Ferdinand. This one is for the younger kiddos—all about the peace loving bull, Ferdinand and his desire NOT to be in the bullring. The book is small, with classic black and white drawings, and begins with the young Ferdinand. The movie is new, in color, bursting with action, and considerably embellished. But it’s fun! The
Fellowship of the Ring. This is the first book in the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien, and is a favorite of a multitude of readers. It is a classic tale of good and evil, in which the outcome seems far from assured. The well-done movie stars Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, and Ian McKellen, among others.
The Secret Life of Bees. This first book by Sue Monk Kidd was a bestseller. The story is about Lily, a young girl whose life has been shaped by a blurred memory of the day her mother was killed. Propelled by events, she leaves home in search for answers about her mother. It is a journey with a very unexpected consequences. The movie stars Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, and others.

Fireproof: Never Leave Your Partner. This is an “other way around” adaptation. It started with a screenplay and a movie starring Kirk Cameron and Erin Bethea. A disenchanted wife, a firefighter husband, and a failing marriage headed for divorce all have a second chance thanks to the firefighters father, who issues a challenge
to his son. Which is better—the book or the movie? You can decide! 

Little Free Library

What in the world is a “Little Free Library”? A Little Free Library is a small book box mounted on a post outdoors where it is accessible to passers-by who can stop by and take a book to read, or leave a book that others might enjoy. It is actually a worldwide movement, with many Little Free Libraries around the U.S. and abroad.

DSCN1076The good news is that we have a Little Free Library book exchange box right in MUMC’s back yard! It is by the sidewalk on 16th Street and usually has a variety of books in stock. We try to be sure that some of the books available in the box have religious or spiritual topics, but most are just general topic books, both fiction and nonfiction. We usually are stocked with a number of mysteries, thrillers, romance, and other books of interest.

One of the best parts of having this neighborly book exchange box is the number of children’s books that are taken. It is our most popular genre! That means there are a number of children who are having a lot of fun opening up the book box door and seeing if there is a book that they would like to read.

Please participate!
It is an adventure to look in the book box and see what books are there, or to leave a book you like for someone else to enjoy. If you have children’s books that your family no longer needs, feel free to leave a few in the box for other kids, or to take them to the church office or to the library downstairs in the church for us to place in the book box. We could use books for babies, toddlers, youth – on up to the teenage years. Join us in our Little Free Library adventure!       


Saturday Morning Book Club

The MUMC Saturday Morning Book Club is held the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:15 am – 12:00 pm in the MUMC Church Library. Everyone is welcome!

Children’s Story Time

This annual event is offered for a few weeks every summer in cooperation with the Service and Missions team. Younger children of the church and from the community are invited to come and enjoy stories, songs, activities, and refreshments. Please contact Susan Patterson at for more information.