THE CHURCH LIBRARY

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 susan.patterson37@yahoo.com for more information on the Church Library.
 

The Library Corner

September 2018: Treasure Hunt in the Church’s Back Yard

Question: What is white, blue, red, yellow, orange and green? Answer: It is the colorful, brand new LFL constructed by Bob and Trina Eaton. Now do you know what it is? Maybe not! So here’s some basic info on the church’s LFL:
 
Q: What in the world is a “LFL?”
A: It is a Little Free Library. These are book exchange boxes, set up in neighborhoods. As the name says, they are little, and the books are free– like a tiny library where anyone can come and take a book.
 
Q: Where is it?
A: It is close to the pavilion, by the sidewalk near 16th St. A LFL box has been there for some years, and the new box replaces a well used old one.
 
Q: Who uses the LFL?
A: Everyone can! The church’s LFL gets plenty of visitors, although we never know how many. However a lot of books come and go through the doors of that box!
 
Q: What kind of books are in the LFL, and where do they come from?
A: All kinds of books find their way into the box. We put in books that are donated or that are found at book sales, etc. But one of the fun parts is that all users are encouraged not only to take a book, but also to leave a book—so you never know what you will find! It’s like a treasure hunt!
 
Q: What are the most popular books?
A: Children’s books! Books for the youngest go quickly, but chapter books and Young Adult books are also popular. People also like cookbooks and history—military and war history especially. The box is usually well stocked with fiction and mysteries. We also try to see there are always a few religious books in there.
 
Q: What part can church members play in the LFL?
A: Plenty! If you enjoy “treasure hunting” for books, stop by the box and look for a book that interests you, and bring one to share with others. It is great to see many people using the box. Or you can donate books—just leave them in the library downstairs. Based on our experience of where books are most likely to be used, we may place them in the library, the LFL, or one of our public libraries. We thank you for your participation in whatever way you choose! And many thanks to Bob and Trina Eaton for that beautiful box!
 

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!       

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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 susan.patterson37@yahoo.com for more information.