Like gardens, libraries need periodic weeding. That’s what we librarians call it when we look at a
collection and remove items that are out of date, in poor condition, or no longer needed for other
reasons. Libraries that are not weeded regularly accumulate unused books that get in the way of finding
the title one needs for learning, inspiration or entertainment.
The church library exists to support this community of faith as we learn and grow in knowledge of God
and service to God’s people. After consulting with Pastor Alex Rodgers, who is responsible for Faith
Formation, I looked at every book in DPC’s collection. We kept those that were either published recently
enough to reflect current knowledge and social conditions, or timeless enough in their approach to be
valuable in our time. I was particularly looking for:
- Reformed theology and church history
- Bible commentaries and interpretation, and other aids to understanding and teaching our faith
- Missions and missionaries
- Aids to understanding other denominations and faiths
- Inspiration and godly entertainment, such as fiction with a Christian focus
The “weeds” from this process went into the church yard sale last spring, and those that didn’t sell were
donated appropriately. The “keepers” now are on the shelves in the Adult Gathering Space for your use.
Circulating books may be checked out from there; instructions are posted for your guidance. Books from
the Reference section are for use in the Adult Gathering Space, or if needed for a Sunday School class or
the like, should be returned immediately afterward.
The Adult Gathering Space is located on the upper level of the McGeachy Building. It can be reached
using elevators or stairs from the hallway of The Global Village Project refugee girls school or from the
associate pastors’ offices. The volunteer at the reception desk can help you locate it during the week.
The space is open and accessible on Sunday mornings, too.
Article written by Tony Miller.