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The Library at Asbury First

Resource Library

Featured Reading Selections for Summer 2019

Summer reading encouraged by easy, available, and free access in the church library. Check out some new additions to the collection.


  • Among the reading and viewing pleasures in our own church library, is the entertaining Walt Disney family film Bridge to Terabithia. Take a look through the church library DVD collection and find entertainment and education for your family.
  • The Day the World Came to Town is the awe-inspiring story of 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland, when 38 jetliners bound for the U.S. were forced to land in this small community due to the closing of the U.S. airspace. Now made into a Broadway musical, this is the story told by those passengers in the grounded flights that was collected in a book by author Jim Defede.
  • Looking for a devotion and prayer to share with your group? You’ll find it in Maria Shriver’s I’ve Been Thinking. It is filled with reflections, prayers and meditations for a meaningful life and it is available in our church library.
  • Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others is another winning book by bestselling author Barbara Brown Taylor. This notable author deals with the questions and concerns regarding world religions and it is the selection chosen for study and discussion by the Asbury Women on Wednesday group. A copy is available in our church library.


  • Praying with the Wesleys by Rev. Dr. John R. Tyson (ordered upon publication)
  • The Parents Guide to Climate Revolution by Mary DeMocker
  • The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
  • Spiritual Questions for the 21st Century : Essay in Honor of Joan Chittister by Mary Hembrow Snyder
  • Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama
  • The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  • Grateful American: From Self to Service by Gary Senise
  • We Are Displaced by Malala Yousaafzai
  • The End of the World and Beyond by Avi
  • The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts by Avi
  • Juicy Living, Juicy Aging by Loretta LaRoche


  • Justice a DVD by Michael Sandel
  • Say Amen Somebody: How Gospel Music got Started a DVD


  • The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng
  • When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly W. Holt
  • Six books by Dr. Seuss: And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Horton Hatches the Egg, Yertle the Turtle, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Lorax


  • The Family Book by Todd Parr
  •  I’m Gonna Like Me by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
  •  Nighty Night, Noah: An Ark Alphabet by Molly Schwar Idle
  •  I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb

Looking for the Young Adult books?

They have been relocated from their usual spot in the church library down to the youth rooms (LL Youth Room) in order to be closer to their intended audience. So, if your teen is looking for a good book, come downstairs and look through the 120 plus YA book collection—both fiction and nonfiction. Check them out by simply signing your name.

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.