A few weeks ago church librarian Jo Vandermey of Providence CRC in Beamsville, Ontario sent me an interesting note that I thought might fit in our Network. We are “people of the Book and of the Word.” All good books, all good words derive from the Word of God, living eternally in the Word made flesh before time began. We as preachers and members have a happy duty to train ourselves in good words used carefully—not just in sermons, but in reading, in promoting literature.
Read Jo’s note below and consider her thoughts and questions. I invite your comments. In a few days I just might add my own too.
I am the head Library worker for our church's Library. It has become a calling for me to promote "Library" as a ministry to our church and I feel being nudged to do so to our denomination.
Currently I am treasurer of the Church Library Association of Ontario a 200+ member non-denominational group that promotes libraries in our churches. We have a website, member newsletter, two yearly conferences and more. We provide training and information on how to run and promote an effective church ministry of the library.
As in many things the Library is not just your place (at least in our case) of a few Dutch books and some Karen Kingsbury books. But we have developed a collection of DVDs, study material, fiction, non-fiction for all ages and stages.
My direct area of interest is how pastors view the "Church Library"? From my limited sample I find a high frustration of Library workers who work in an isolated way. They may have a budget or work on donations. They may have a few people helping them in the work. They may all so have the "blessing of the council" But most I have surveyed or talked to do not feel a real connection to Church Ministry. I would like to get the pastors’ perspective.
How can the church library be relevant as a church ministry? Or if it is in your church, how is that conveyed?
Jo Vandermey, Providence CRC, Beamsville, Ontario