The Memorial Library of First Church, Congregational is open to members and friends of First Church. A variety of Christian faith-related materials are available. The library strives not to duplicate materials found in public and school libraries, but focuses on media relating to our faith for both children and adults. Materials are selected with the needs and interest of the congregation in mind. The library contains a wide selection of Christian books and reference materials. Our collection includes books for toddlers thru teens, Christian based fiction, devotional materials, magazines such as CCM, & Family Fun, videos and DVD’s for children and adults, books on tape, and educational materials for teachers. We also have a large selection of contemporary and traditional Christian music on tape and CD. Some artists are Brian Duncan, Michael W. Smith, and the Gaither Brothers.
The Library is located in Room 104 of the Parish Center and is open on Sundays from 8:30 to 12:30 or by request. The Library committee operates under the direction of the Board of Education. Funding sources for purchases are the Board of Education budget, memorials and other donations. Additions to the collection must be approved by the Library committee
Warm your heart with a trip to the First Church Library, and pick out one of these “lovely” books or DVD’s:
[singlepic id=254 w=320 h=240 float=left] Patches of Godlight: Father Tim’s Favorite Quotes (The Mitford Years) – Jan Karon
Throughout his years as Mitford’s beloved Episcopal priest, Father Tim Kavanagh has been reading and also pondering two crucial questions: How can he guide and encourage his flock? How can he deepen and encourage his own spirit? The result is a wonderful collection of his favorite quotes from thinkers, theologians, poets, and philosophers—from Mark Twain and C. S. Lewis to St. Paul and Wordsworth.
Patches of Godlight is a stunning two-color facsimile of Father Tim’s own leather-bound notebook with his name gold stamped on the cover. Every quote is in his own handwriting, and scattered throughout the margins are his scribbled notes and doodles, even the occasional ink blot or coffee stain. Just as it has for Father Tim, this handsome, “must-have” quote book will provide wisdom and inspiration for millions of Mitford fans.
[singlepic id=251 w=320 h=240 float=left] The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The letters comprising this small charming novel begin in 1946, when single, 30-something author Juliet Ashton (nom de plume Izzy Bickerstaff) writes to her publisher to say she is tired of covering the sunny side of war and its aftermath. When Guernsey farmer Dawsey Adams finds Juliet’s name in a used book and invites articulate—and not-so-articulate—neighbors to write Juliet with their stories, the book’s epistolary circle widens, putting Juliet back in the path of war stories. The occasionally contrived letters jump from incident to incident—including the formation of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society while Guernsey was under German occupation—and person to person in a manner that feels disjointed. But Juliet’s quips are so clever, the Guernsey inhabitants so enchanting and the small acts of heroism so vivid and moving that one forgives the authors (Shaffer died earlier this year) for not being able to settle on a single person or plot. Juliet finds in the letters not just inspiration for her next work, but also for her life—as will readers.
[singlepic id=252 w=320 h=240 float=left] Girl in Hyacinth Blue – Susan Vreeland
As Keats describes the scenes and lives frozen in a moment of time on his Grecian urn, so Vreeland layers moments in the lives of eight people profoundly moved and changed by a Vermeer painting a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Vreeland opens with a man who suffers through his adoration of the painting because he inherited it from his Nazi father, who stole it from a deported Jewish family. She traces the work’s provenance through the centuries: the farmer’s wife, the Bohemian student, the loving husband with a secret and, finally, the Girl herself Vermeer’s eldest daughter, who felt her “self” obliterated by the self immortalized in paint, but accepted that this was the nature of art. Descriptions of the painting by people in different countries in various historical periods are particularly beautiful. Each section is read by a different narrator, some better than others. Several add dimension to the story and writing, while others are so intent on portraying the book’s ethereal qualities they make the listener conscious of the reader instead of the language. Still, this is a delightful production.
[singlepic id=253 w=320 h=240 float=left] Joy School – Elizabeth Berg