The FLC Library Committee
Why Libraries, and especially Church Libraries Matter
Occasionally, I have heard someone say “ Why do we need libraries when we have the “internet?” It is a good question because there are so many good answers.
Libraries, as repositories of knowledge, have been around for about 5,000 years, dating back to ancient Middle Eastern civilizations that began to preserve important records and texts. The first public libraries appeared in Athens, Greece around 500 B.C.
Libraries are places that are free and welcoming to people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, religions, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Libraries level the playing field, providing equal access to information and creating equal opportunities to learn and grow.
Libraries play a critical role in building community by providing spaces for people to gather and interact.
Libraries provide assistance for real-life challenges, including seeking help raising children, times of grieving, navigating modern day media, theological jargon, or cultural changes.
So, if you think libraries are no longer relevant, check out all there is to discover in our church library—the choices will surprise you.
Note: The contents of this article were adapted from an article on public libraries by our local King County librarian, Lisa Rosenblum. Thank you for the good thoughts, Lisa.
BOOKS ON DISPLAY
The books featured this month are the books scheduled for February. The Fiction books were a welcome distraction during the snowstorm. So Linda is featuring books on grieving for March (on display outside the library):
The Bright Hour ; A Widow’s Journey; Getting Ready for the New Life; Holding on to Hope; Silent Cradle; Winter Grief, Summer Grave; A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance; When Your Baby Dies; Mourning into Dancing; Water Bugs and Dragonflies; My Favorite Color is Blue, Sometimes; What is Heaven Like?
The new interesting religious fiction books are now in place in the Fiction section of our library, alphabetically on west wall next to the sanctuary, second set of book shelves on the right.
Check it Out!