Founded in 1977, the Asbury First Resource Library is located off the Welcoming Hall. The book collection ranges from general reference, life stages, religion and science, Bible, theology, and spirituality to fiction, church history, and Christian education, organized with the Dewey Decimal System. A posted chart provides numbers and categories of the books and there is a color-coded chart for the children's collection. Use of the library is free and it is open to church members when the church is open. The process for checking out and returning books is an easy, self-serve honor system.
Besides encouraging use by individual church members, the library committee provides programs for children's Sunday school groups and adult education classes. It works to strengthen the family and young adult collections and is creating a library collection database. The committee credits memorials, area book exchanges, and donations as sources for books and supplies. It is possible to leave memorials to help fund the library, and such gifts play a major role in providing for library needs.
The Asbury Library Committee is pleased to announce that you can now search our database online by searching title, author or subject here! When you find a book that you are interested in, you can write down the call code and bring it to the library to help you find the book. At this time, the online system will not be able to let you know whether or not the book is in the library, but that is the next step. Stay tuned for more!
See what's coming up for November/December!
November and December are a perfect time to explore special holiday books for all ages. The church library (right off the gathering space) has a very large collection of Thanksgiving and Christmas books that will be on display in the library during the holiday months. Come in and select your favorites from this holiday collection. The following books are among those available in the library’s collection of books for children, youth and adults.
The Power of Being Thankful: 365 Devotions for Discovering the Strength of Gratitude by Joyce Meyer
New York Times bestselling author Joyce Meyer believes that giving thanks to God daily will positively impact our lives.
Thanksgiving Feast and Festival by Mildred C. Luckhardt
Thanksgiving stories, customs, and poems from around the world.
Help Thanks Wow by Anne LaMott
Author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life.
Diane Goode’s American Christmas
This book will become part of the family's Christmas tradition. Inside are poems and stories by beloved American writers such as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Washington Irving, and Langston Hughes, along with favorite carols such as "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "Silver Bells." It’s perfect for reading aloud, singing, and sharing.
Treasured Tales of Christmas Adapted by Deborah Apy
Filled with all the holiday favorites—The Night Before Christmas and other Christmas poems and stories.
Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow
This book is a not-to-be-missed collection of Little Golden Book holiday stories that will provide a memory trip of illustrations that parents and children will remember and enjoy.
Classic Christmas Tales illustrated by Michael Foreman
All the classic Christmas songs, poems, and stories that evoke seasonal cheer are included in this beautifully illustrated, magical collection.
Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck, Mark Buehner
From Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck and acclaimed artist Mark Buehner comes a heartwarming story that illustrates the true meaning of Christmas.