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

April 2018: What’s New?

Something is new in the library every month. We consistently add to the collection—perhaps new fiction, or a new DVD study, or books for children. This month we have two new things to share with you—a new book in our “Local Authors and Local Interest” section, and something special for the children and youth of the church. Read on!
Jill Rogers, who attends Murphysboro UMC along with her husband Marty, has donated a book she wrote, Shift Happens: Turning Your Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones. Jill tells about many life experiences she has had, some very devastating, starting with a rape when she was a young woman of 23. That was traumatic, but it started Jill on a journey of discovery and growth that allowed her to deal with that situation, and others that followed.
Central to this process is her strong faith in God, as well as the willingness to keep her mind and heart open to change and new insights that strengthened her. She shares that journey with us in order to encourage others who are going through difficult times.
She says: “My life has been thrown into so much change, one after another that tore my entire world in two, yet I
adjusted and lived through it, which is why I’m here to tell you that if you get the right help you can do it too.
. . . through ANYTHING. . . This book is the witness of my life learning and being led by the Spirit of God. It is the only witness I have to give you from all I have learned.” (p.53)
The most obvious “new thing” in the library is a lovely new child and youth section, provided through the hard work of Bob and Trina Eaton and Dan Bratton. We have added a youth bookcase, plus two book “bins” for younger children. It makes the youth section more attractive, and makes it easier for kids to look through and choose books and DVDs that interest them. Stop in the library downstairs to see our new youth
section in person. Better yet, bring a child with you! 

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.