New, tiny parish library — HELP NEEDED!

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New, tiny parish library — HELP NEEDED!

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1timspalding
Nov 18, 2018, 1:46pm

My parish is getting rid of its library—they just dumped all the books out for anyone to take today. I am angry and sad in equal degrees. A church without books is unthinkable.

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

2John5918
Nov 20, 2018, 2:04am

Tim, can you explain how I can add a book to your list in that link? I clicked "Add work to list" in the top right hand corner, added the name of a book in the box that opened, and nothing else happened. My book has not appeared there.

32wonderY
Nov 20, 2018, 11:36am

>1 timspalding: "In the church as in much else, DIY is the best rule."

That sounds so protestant!

42wonderY
Nov 20, 2018, 11:51am

One of our local churches had audio disc talks on display and free for the taking at one time. I was thinking they were from Lighthouse Catholic Media, but their prices on their website don't mesh with that memory. Scott Hahn was one of the speakers. I'll try to remember to look for them this evening.

https://www.lighthousecatholicmedia.org/store/titles?type=CD

They were brilliant.

52wonderY
Nov 20, 2018, 12:52pm

>2 John5918: When you add the title, hit the search button and a list appears below the button. Choose the correct one. That'll add it to the list. Kinda like touchstone choosing.

6timspalding
Nov 20, 2018, 1:14pm

>3 2wonderY:

Do it yourself. But don't think by yourself ;)

7eschator83
Nov 30, 2018, 12:58pm

I deeply and truly applaud your motivation and effort. During my 25 years on our RCIA and Small Church Group teams I was given many hundreds of books by parishioners who said they had no place keep them. I am certain you can get donations.
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.

8timspalding
Editado: Dez 21, 2018, 11:46am

Thanks, eschator83.

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.

9campusdan
Set 8, 2019, 1:08am

Sorry guys I have been MIA for I think 4ish years. I am back around. Hope everyone is doing well.

10eschator83
Jan 24, 2020, 8:39pm

>tim 8- I've been praying for you and would love to hear that you've been pleased and successful. I'm trying to get up nerve to try to start a library in my new parish.

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