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The Library at Asbury First

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Featured Reading Selections for November/December 2019

Holiday Books on Display

Look for books from the library collection on Thanksgiving during November and books on advent and Christmas in December. Find them on special display on a bookcase in the church library. Come in and check them out. We’re right off the gathering space and all ages are welcome.

Asbury First Barnes & Noble Book Sale
All day Saturday, November 9 is the date of our Asbury First book sale at the Barnes & Noble book fair at the Pittsford store. Come join the shopping fun (just in time for Christmas shopping) and enjoy performances by the Asbury Ringers, Women of Note, and other musical groups. The proceeds of the sales go to the church library at Asbury First and are used to add to the library’s book collection. It’s a win-win for you and the church library. Learn more here!


  • Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel by Kate Bowler — This book traces the roots of the prosperity gospel from the touring mesmerists, metaphysical sages, Pentecostal healers, business oracles, and princely prophets of the early 20th century; through mid-century positive thinkers like Norman Vincent Peale and revivalists like Oral Roberts and Kenneth Hagin; to today’s hugely successful prosperity preachers like Joel Osteen and Joyce Myers.
  • Imagine Heaven Devotional: 100 Reflections to Bring Heaven to Your Life Today by John and Kathy Burke — The devotions include near-death stories from the bestselling book, Scripture, a prayer, as well as brand new stories and content that helps readers apply them to how they live life today.
  • Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality can change Everything we see, Hope for, and Believe by Richard Rohr — Drawing on scripture, history, and spiritual practice, the author explores what it means that Jesus was called “Christ,” and how this forgotten truth can restore hope and meaning to our lives.
  • In Lieu of Flowers: A Conversation for the Living by Nancy Howard Cobb — This book is a longer conversation about loss by telling stories about encounters with grief.
  • The Queer Bible Commentary by Deryn Guest — The Queer Bible Commentary brings together the work of several scholars and pastors known for their interest in the areas of gender, sexuality, and Biblical studies.
  • Not in God’s Name by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks —­ The author tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God.
  • To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks — One of the most respected religious thinkers of our time makes an impassioned plea for the return of religion to a partnership with God in the work of ethical and moral living.
  • The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks — The Dignity of Difference is Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s radical proposal for reconciling differences and become a force for peace.


  • How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander and illustrator Melissa Sweet — A poetic and beautiful picture book journey about the experience of reading.
  • When Sadness is at your door by Eva Eland — A comforting picture book on emotional literacy and mindfulness that suggests an approach to the feeling of sadness.
  • You are Home: An Ode to National Parks by Evan Turk— This gorgeous picture book showcases the beauty and importance of the National Parks as it takes readers on an amazing tour across the United States.
  • Hold Hands by Sara Varon— A rhyming story for toddlers about friendship and connection.


  • Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi — A book for young adults about the role and influence of social media in our lives.
  • Patron Saints of Nothing (YA) by Randy Ribay — A page-turning coming-of-age portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.
  • An Invisible Thread: A Young Readers’ Edition by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski — The true story of a heartwarming journey of hope, kindness, adventure, and love—and the power 
of fate to help us find our way.

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.