New, tiny parish library — HELP NEEDED!
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The previous library was crap and barely used. It was hidden away where few knew where it was, and fewer knew it was possible to take books. (It had to be hidden in a back room, because the church is used for a food pantry and other purposes, and they didn't want to have shelves clogging up the main room, and getting stolen, or something.) The collection was haphazard and never updated. Most titles were post-Vatican II enthusiasm. Picture titles with bubble-writing. There were few children's books, and none that would attract a child. I tried for years to have it out, to have it improved to have some attention paid to it, but I didn't have the power.
Now that the old library has been destroyed, I'm free. In the church as in much else, DIY is the best rule. So I'm buying a book truck—one to start—and making a new, mobile library that can be wheeled out and back as necessary.
I'm going to fill it with recent, interesting books--new or very gently used. I'm going to fill it with children's books people might actually want to read. And I'm going to roll it into church. I have some support, anyway.
If you have advice, let me know here.
I really want help picking books for it. You can contribute ideas here. https://www.librarything.com/list/20234/all/Small-Catholic-Parish-Library
That sounds so protestant!
They were brilliant.
For many years, with several other active parishioners, we unsuccessfully asked two different pastors to allow us to start and maintain a parish library, but never thought of book carts.
We will certainly pray for your efforts. Mobile book carts seem a great idea- it removes the pastors' concern about finding a big mess. Perhaps different people can attend different parish functions with different carts, so parishioners can usually find new selections. I strongly encourage finding at least one table and several chairs so people can scan and discuss the books.
Now I'm off to compare my library (so far only about 10% entered at LT) and to figure out how to enter a book on your list.
So far I've got 2/3 of one side. I'm aiming for mostly new books, not donations. (It's going to cost me a pretty penny!) With luck, it will then become self-sustaining, with monetary donations or newish books.
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