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Location & Hours

The library is located in Room 208 just past the conference room on your way to the education building from the reception area. For your convenience, the library is open anytime the church building is open and operates on a self-serve basis. A library staff person is on duty on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:00 and before the 11 o’clock service.

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Come Receive “Blessings from Books” at the Mary Smith Memorial Library

The mission of the Mary Smith Memorial Library is to provide resources for members to develop a deeper Christian faith through reading and studying. It has materials for all ages and includes nonfiction and fiction publications. 

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The Mary Smith Memorial Library offers a wide variety of resources to strengthen the faith journey of our congregation members. A Book List with all titles listed alphabetically or by author is kept on the round table in the library for our patron’s use. We also have a catalog computer which can be used to search for books by title, author, or subject. We are adding new books on a regular basis, so please come by often and see what’s new!  Here are some of the highlights of the collection: 

  • The Adult Non-fiction area includes the reference section offering The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentaries; Barclay Commentaries; various Bible Dictionaries, Atlases, and Bibles.
  • The Efird Bible Study Series, a popular Bible study resource, is available on DVD for check-out.
  • Other non-fiction categories include: Biographies, Devotional Helps, Parenting, Aging, Art & Music, Illness, Spiritual Enrichment, and Other Religions to name a few.
  • The Adult Fiction area includes popular authors.
  • The Children and Junior Sections have Easy Readers, Board Books, Picture Books, First Chapter Books, and Junior Fiction with popular authors.
  • Children’s non-fiction books include everything from Noah’s Ark to dinosaurs to devotional helps!
  • Veggie Tales and Chadder Adventure DVDs are available.

 

Library Rules

All books and other resources taken from the library should be properly checked out, even if you are only borrowing for an hour. Please follow the check out procedures posted on the library desk.

Reference books with a yellow “R” sticker on the spine must be used in the library. The only exception is they can be used during the Sunday School hour, Bible Study Class, etc., as long as it is within the church building. If needed, you may make copies of reference material by using the copier in the church office.

Books and resources must be returned within three weeks. Please return on time so others may enjoy them, too!

If your book or resource is overdue, you will receive a friendly reminder.

No food or drinks are allowed in the library at anytime.

Second Sunday Story Time

The Sunday School classes for children ages 3 - 6 are accompanied by their teachers to the library for story time on the second Sunday of each month. A list of books read to the children is posted on the bulletin board for the parents’ reference in case they would like to check out that book to read aloud to their child again. Reading with a child is one of the most important 20 minutes of your day! 

Summer Reading Program for Children
Each summer, we challenge our young readers (ages 3 to rising 6th graders) to nurture their Christian growth by participating in the Highland Summer Readers Program.  Participants must read (or have read to them) a required number of books, depending on their age, within eight weeks.  Upon completion, each reader is rocognized with a new book added to our library in their honor.  Details about this reading-incentive program are available beginning in late May. 

 

We Support A Local Mission

Christian Library International (CLI) is a non-denominational ministry which collects and distributes Christian books, Bibles and materials to over 900 U.S. prisons and missions in 45 countries. Our library staff periodically “weeds” out duplicated copies of books or outdated editions of our library collection. We send these on to CLI for their prison ministry. Also, after our Used Book Sale, we send Christian-themed materials to CLI. 

Memorial

Our library is named in memory of Mary Smith, former Director of Christian Education at Highland. Mary was instrumental in starting our library and served on the library committee for many years. 

Library Committee

Please contact us with questions or suggestions for new books:
Kay Miller – Chairperson; Earleen Barnes, Jane Gray, Laura Horn, Lynda Mottershead, Billie Poole, Kay Stocum, Anna Lockett.

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