The Library at Asbury First
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!
Get to Know the Library
Founded in 1977, the Library at Asbury First 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.
We will collect books and other material that allow our community, of all ages, to gain information and insight into the following topics and others that may be deemed appropriate as time goes on:” God and our relationship to God, Christianity, the Methodist Church, Other religions, Spirituality, Human relations ( including but not limited to racial issues, parenting, marriage, aging, sexuality, and psychology), The Bible and Bible translations, Inspiration, Education, Issues pertinent to the support of or development of local, regional, national, and global missions, friendship and love, and Stewardship of the earth and its resources.
The goal of the church library is to:
1. Allow access for all ages
2. Strive to make accommodations, when possible, for different abilities by including large print editions and audio materials
3. Be organized in an efficient and easy-to-access manner
A total of 4,055 books, DVDs, and videos are available in the rooms designated as the Library at Asbury First. They may be checked out free of charge to church members who may simply sign them out for a three-week period.
In addition to books for adults, youth, and children, there are large print books, books on parenting and special needs, and books that deal with holidays and special topics.
If you need a book for a devotion for your group, a Bible story, entertainment for children, a Sunday School class lesson or a look at a variety of different Bibles, the church library can provide all of these and more. The process for checking out and returning books is an easy, self-serve honor system.
The church library rooms are located just off the Gathering Space by the elevator. There are two rooms, one filled with the books in the collection as well as tables for reading or studying. The second room is adjacent to this main library room and has comfortable chairs, tables and a quiet place for reading and study.
Budget and Donations for The Library
Members may contribute money to the church and designate it for the library use, or contribute books that they think may be of interest to the library. The church also provides funds through the annual operating budget that are used to purchase new books, replacement books for those lost or damaged, furniture for the library rooms, computer software for maintaining information on the collection, and supplies needed for library use.
The Library Committee
The library is operated and maintained by a committee of volunteers who meet monthly and hold weekly work days. New members to the committee are welcomed and those interested should simply leave a note of their interest on the desk in the library or contact the church office and ask to have the information provided to the committee. In addition to the usual operation and maintenance of a library, the committee is responsible for encouraging use by individual church members, providing programs for children’s Sunday school groups and presenting library information to adult education classes. The committee also works to strengthen the collection and to computerize the library operation by creating a library collection database.
How to Access the Library Collection
Use of the library is free and it is open to serve church members when the church is open. The library collection is organized using 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. The library is operated on a self-serve, honor system. Library users simply sign their name, phone number, and date on the library card in the front of the book and place the card in the receptacle provided on the desk. There is a return box located just inside the door of the library for ease in returning books. Books may be borrowed for a period of three weeks, but this time may be extended by simply renewing the book loan.
See what's new at the Library! Church Selections for Summer 2018
Summertime and the reading is easy—especially at the Library at Asbury First. So check out the following recommendations of books in our Library collection at Asbury Church. It’s free. It’s easy. And, you’ll learn all sorts of new things. Come check us out. The library is just off the church Gathering Space by the elevator. The library is open when the church is open. Come visit.
Ape House by Sara Gruen
We do have fiction in the church library. Recently, I read a book by Sara Gruen who wrote Water for Elephants. The book has the unfortunate title: Ape House. It’s a police procedural, without the police. Instead, the main characters are a linguist who has devoted her career to teaching a troop of bonobos to communicate in American Sign Language, and an investigative reporter who has lost his job, but not his need to investigate. There is a real crime and a real mystery and a real witness. Unfortunately, it’s Sam, a bonobo who keeps signing the answer in ASL. But who’d believe an ape? Read it and find out. This fascinating book is in the library large print section. (Recommended from the church library collection by library committee member Monica Gilligan)
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver.
This is one of my all-time favorite novels from one of my favorite authors. You may know her as the author of the Pulitzer Prize nominee, The Poisonwood Bible. Animal Dreams is less dark than Poisonwood and is a beautiful story of real redemption. Cosima “Codi” Noline is a medical school graduate unable to practice due to a breakdown she had while working with a patient. She returns to her hometown of Grace, Arizona to care for her estranged father, Homer “Doc” Noline, a physician developing Alzeimer’s disease. When she gets there, she faces a daunting new job, an environmental and economic catastrophe in the making, and an ex-boyfriend, Lloyd Peregrina, an Apache trainman, with whom she has a difficult history. She also has to let go of her sister, Hallimeda “Hallie” Noline, the only close family she has ever known, because Hallie left for war-torn Nicaragua. The book is interwoven with joy and sadness, just like life, but through it all, each of the three main characters grows in unique ways. (Recommended from the church library collection by library committee member Carol Roote)
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It sounds like a cliché, but this really is a non-fiction book that reads like a novel. The author is an attorney, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those who are lost in the criminal justice system. Woven throughout the book (roughly every other chapter) is the story of Walter McMillian, a man who had a whole host of witnesses that saw him at a backyard barbeque for the entire morning during which a murder took place, but of which he was accused anyway. The rest of the chapters deal with others who came to Stevenson’s law practice for help— women, children, those with physical and/or mental disabilities, and people who couldn’t afford to pay for council and therefore got very poor representation. This book is very sad but also very eye-opening. (Recommended from the church library collection by library committee member Carol Roote)
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by Congressman John Lewis.
In this book, Congressman John Lewis writes “Know your history. Study it. Share it. Shed a tear over it. Laugh about it. Live it. Act it out. Understand it.” “As Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Lewis was at the epicenter of the civil rights movement in the late '50s and '60s. Arrested more than forty times, he was one of its youngest and most courageous leaders. Writing with charm, warmth, and honesty, Lewis moves from the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins as he reflects on the era to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where he led more than five hundred marchers on what became known as "Bloody Sunday. I was very moved by his focus on faith, non-violence, community, justice and his commitment to an African proverb “When you pray, move your feet”. (Recommended from the church library collection by library committee member Karen Hibbard)
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox.
This book has been around for many years and remains one of my favorites to read out loud. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (he has four names) regularly visits a home for elderly folks where he becomes friends with Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper (she has four names too). When he learns she has lost her memory, Wilfred sets out to learn about memories so that he can help Miss Nancy find her memory again. The story is a delight and the illustrations are very colorful and just this side of fanciful. This is a paperback that can be found in the “Pink Dot” children’s section. (Recommended from the church library collection by library committee member Karen Hibbard)
365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik.
Studies have shown the wisdom of the old saying that an attitude of gratitude is good for us. This unusual memoir 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik shows the improvement in well-being of a man who emerges from the depths of a nearly ruined life by way of thank-you notes. This short work is not a how-to-write thank you notes by hand. Instead, it is a record of a fascinating emotional and spiritual journey. It can be found on or library shelves under 179 KRA. (Recommended from the church library collection by library committee member Monica Gilligan)
Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast.
Have you experienced a graphic novel? Try this one. It deals with the author’s relationship with her aging parents. She tells in print and cartoons of being a caregiver for parents as they age. It is funny and “right on” with the subject that is a part of many of our lives. The book is a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Award Finalist. (Recommended from the church library collection by library committee member Peggy Lyons.)
The Color of Me by Linda L. McDunn, illustrated by Barbara Knutson.
The Color of Me is a beautifully illustrated children’s book about the many colors of God’s creations and the importance, acceptance and respect for everything that God makes. It is a perfect book for parents and educators to read to children and for early readers to read themselves. For children ages four to eight. (Recommended from the church library collection by library committee member Peggy Lyons.)