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CRC Digital Library

Have you checked out the Digital Library yet? Powered by Ministry Shares, this collection of resources is available online anytime, on any device — and it's all free for the CRC!

CRCNA and SynodChurch Libraries
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How would church libraries secure recommendations for nonfiction resources for laity from CRC-affiliated schools?

Nonfiction collection materials in church libraries are difficult to select and I've been wondering if there's some mechanism whereby CRC church libraries could enlist the advice and suggestions of our colleges and universities. For example, instead of wandering into your local Christian bookstore or online vendor and searching through the myriad of selections on, say, self-help or relationships -- there's a lot of trash out there -- could we somehow encourage our colleges and universities to suggest materials for laity that are canonical, foundational, significant and, of course, Reformed in...
Church Libraries
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Do any of you have a audiobook library for the reading impaired?

We've been looking at providing reading materials for the visually impaired. I thought this would be easy but as I delve further into the issue many questions are popping up. Audio books are expensive..how do we know what type of materials would appeal to the readers...do we incorporate this with a locial library and provide the ability to access thru the local library... Do we set up a drop box type of service in the church...how to provide a list of available materials for them to check out? Are there any companies that provide audiobooks at a reasonable cost? We have a few ideas, but would...
Church Libraries
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Biblical Commentaries

I chair our church's education committee and am looking for recommendations vis-a-vis resources for biblical and theological literacy. Any advice along these lines would be most appreciated.

Church Libraries
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Help for running the church library

There is a wealth of information on running a church library available from the Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA). They have a bi-monthly magazine with topics ranging from organizing the library, book reviews, and promotional ideas to using library software and book repair. Also, in October they hold a conference in Wheaton, IL with a workshops, a book swap, publisher tables offering discount books and videos, and a free book giveaway from the various publishers. I usually come home with 4-5 free books, boxes of book swap books and my head swimming with ideas to improve our...
Church Libraries
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What library software is low cost and effective for use with scanners?

Does anyone use any kind of library software along with scanners? Just curious if there is anything out there that is free (or relatively low cost), effective, and efficient. I've just gone through all the books in our library trying to make sure the titles were all located and correct - they weren't by a long shot - we're missing over 45 items ... (small library - this is a lot!). Anyway, any and all help is greatly appreciated! Renée
Church Libraries
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C.H. Spurgeon Sermons

I got the complete sermons for C.H. Spurgeon for $30 from christianbook.com and it has been added to our church library, I suggest you check it out as well, good stuff.

Church Libraries
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How do you get kids and teens interested in reading Christian books?

I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas for getting young people interested in reading Christian books. I loved reading when I was younger and was always in the library, but it seems like the kids in my church aren't interested. It's not that they don't read, I know some of them do, but they don't seem interested in Christian books. I've added newer teen fiction, but I'm hesitant to buy very much when I don't have any feedback about whether they're any good or not. I've tried asking some kids specifically to read a book and let me know if they like it, but it hasn't worked.
Church Libraries
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Should church libraries be viewed as a ministry?

Hours of work go into creating and crafting a church library. Often it does not have a profile as a mininstry in our churches. How does your church view your Library Ministry? To any who are involved in a Church Library I am interested in a few of the following questions: Please copy and paste the questions into your reply and anwser the following How do you view the church library? Would you say your church library is part of the Ministry Team in your church? Do you have regular contact or input from the pastor, group leaders or council in your church? What would be the biggest area served...
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Do you know of websites that would interest children or adults that we could add to a church library webpage?

We are almost ready to put our church's library online. I would like to have links to interesting websites for both children and adults. For the adult section I am looking for links to Bible helps or study, further Christian learning, virtual tours of Christian places in the world, Christian art, or basically anything that CRC users might find interesting For the children I would like links to Christian games or fun activities. My dearest wish is for the Banner to put their children's page online. What a resource that would be!! Please send me your ideas or comments.
Church Libraries
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Any librarians here?

Have any church librarians joined this CRC network? I don't know how long this networking option has been available, but I just discovered it and think it's a great idea. I'm Mavis Zondervan, church librarian for CrossPoint CRC in Chino, CA. I put CrossPoint's library together in the early 70's while I was a student getting my masters degree in library science. As my life became busier with children and career, I passed the library leadership to others. After retiring from the librarian position at Ontario Christian High School, I resumed leadership of the church library and, with the help of...
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