Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Church Library

Lately I've noticed that I have not mentioned much about the "lib" part of our "minlib" adventures. One joint adventure that we have been busy at lately is the Church Library. This project was actually conceived quite a while ago, but now we are entering the home stretch.

I can't speak for Gary, but I found this project to be much more ambitious than I expected. Our church library consists of three built in shelf sets in the middle of our reception hall. It had been neglected for quite some time, so there was a vast assortment of books to be organized ~ some cataloged, some not, many probably just placed there by folks who had gone through their bookshelves at home.

The phase of the project I have been most involved in is the sorting. Our main goal it to have a relevant library ~ not easy when most of the books on the shelves were published between 1930 and 1960! At this point we have cut the library more than in half, which will hopefully make things easier to find and leave room for (relevant) expansion. We placed the discarded books on a "Free Book" table, which has worked well, but has also led to questions such as, "Why are you getting rid of this book?" People have also used the "Free Book" table as a book exchange.... taking some books and bringing others in... Noooooo!

Gary is now in the process of making an on-line catalogue and we will be open for 'business' soon. It has been fun to work together on this project, and it has given me a greater appreciation for the 'lib' part of our 'minlib' adventures!

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