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Featured Reading Selections for February/March 2019

When days are cold and gray, it’s a perfect time to find sunshine, ideas and new interests in books and reading. Join us as we explore the book/DVD collection in the library at Asbury First. Come check out books and movies that are listed below and spark your reading/viewing interests.


What Child is This? – A young adult book, What Child is This?, explores the notion of just how big our hope during the Christmas season can be. Using phrases from Christmas carols as chapter titles, the author, Caroline Cooney, weaves together the stories of three teens as they try to support 8-year-old foster-child Katie’s Christmas hope for a “forever family.” Reviewed by library committee member Karen Hibbard

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old – Considered “engaging and hilarious” this “diary” is about a feisty curmudgeon who forms a senior home organization entitled the Old-But-Not-Dead Club with an eccentric group of friends, where no whining is allowed and entertaining outings are planned. The idea is that these elderly folks are to savor every ounce of joy in the time they have left. The result is funny and entertaining. If you liked A Man Called Ove, you’ll like this one. Reviewed by library committee member Peggy Lyons

The Fourth Wise Man – This DVD is a fictional story set in Biblical times about a Magi named Artaban who studies the prophecies and witnesses a sign in the heavens that he hopes will lead him to the Messiah. He takes with him three precious gifts to present to the Messiah. For 33 years, he pursues Jesus only to miss him at every turn. Along the way Artaban uses his gifts to help people in dire need. He is old and dying when he meets Jesus on Easter Sunday. Although he hasn’t a gift to give, he is granted peace in his final moments. Throughout his search, he lived the commandment to love one another. He made that genuine connection to his fellow man and that was the greatest gift of all.


Recommendations from library committee member Monica Gilligan

Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson – An inspiring, true story of a blind man, his guide dog, and how they led 94 people out of the North Tower on 9/11.

Shouting Won't Help by Katherine Bouton – True and very well-researched analysis of the experiences of people who lose their hearing gradually, or in adulthood.

The Half-Stitched Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter – An Amish widow creates a quilting class and finds a wide variety of adult students coping with many needs.

 Looking for a program for your class or group?
Here’s a ready-made DVD program in a series of nine interfaith lectures by notable speakers of the following faiths: Muslim, Jewish Humanist, Hindu, Reform Jew, Sikh, Orthodox Jew, Zen Buddhist, Evangelical Christian, and Progressive Christian. The series is available for loan from the church library for FREE. Created by the Chautauqua Institution, these lively and engaging conversations point the way beyond mere tolerance of other faiths toward a real appreciation for the gifts each tradition has to offer in an interfaith world. Check out all or part of this nine-series set. 

New books recently added to the library collection:

  • When Your Kid is Hurting by Dr. Kevin Leman dealing with helping your child through tough days
  • Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours by Dr. Kevin Leman on encouraging parent/child communication
  • This is the Day by Tim Tebow – a young adult novel
  • To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon
  • What Do You Do With a Problem by Kobi Yamada
  • What Do you Do With a Chance by Kobi Yamada
  • What do You do With an Idea by Kobi Yamada
  • Saving Winston by Sharon Creech – a book for children
  • The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonheoffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

New DVDs recently added to the library collection:

  • The Way – About walking the Camino de Santiago, featuring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez
  • The Fourth Wise Man with Martin Sheen and Alan Arkin


Looking for a book? Click here!

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.

Our Mission

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 Collection

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.

Our Location

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.