...perhaps the church library isn’t lost after all – it’s just changing to fit the demands and expectations of the ever-evolving congregation. And it still remains a source of source education and encouragement.
What really knocked me over, though, was the illustration that went with the piece showing the Granger Community Church Commons. According to the construction company that built it, "The Granger Commons Addition at Granger Community Church includes a dining establishment open 7 days a week, a bookstore/gift shop, and plenty of room to relax and unwind with a fireplace, seating areas, and free WiFi." Maybe, I thought, there's a library in there too-- at 12,300 square feet, my whole church could fit inside the Commons area. (In fact a search of the GCC website for "library" found no results. :-(
What a vast spectrum is represented within the term of "church library!" From a few books on hand-me-down bookcases maintained by a faithful volunteer using pencil and paper to gleaming resource centres with paid staff and electronic resources circulated with state-of-the-art technology. And yet all trying to serve their respective congregations faithfully.