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New Books at the Church Library

Published: June 15, 2022

The church library (right off the gathering space) is open for business. Some new items have been added to our collection and you’re encouraged to check them out. They are:

  • This is How it Always Is: A Novel by Laurie Frankel
  • Barking to the Choir by Father Gregory Boyle 
  • The Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr
  • "Say Amen Somebody" (DVD)
  • Rainbow Fish by Pfister (Picture Book)
  • Our World is a Family (Picture Book)
  • See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto by Valarie Kaur
  • Aepirogon: A Novel (adult non-fiction) by Colum McCann
  • Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem (Picture Book)
  • Invisible String (Picture Book)
  • My People by Langston Hughes (Picture Book)
  • Sometimes People March (Picture Book)
  • Your Children Are Very Greatly in Danger by Justin Murphy (adult non-fiction)

Calling All Children—Come Check Us Out

Published: November 14, 2022

Our church library has new items for church members to enjoy—a number of which are children’s books. These additions were made to the library collection recently and are just waiting for you to check them out.

They include the following books for children:
How to be a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery). It reflects on the personalities and quirks of thirteen animals—Sy’s friends—and the truths revealed by their grace. It also explores vast themes: the otherness and sameness of people and animals; the various ways we learn to love and become empathetic; how we find our passion; how we create our families; coping with loss and despair; gratitude; forgiveness; and most of all, how to be a good creature in the world.

Also by Sy Montgomery is The Soul of An Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness. It explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.

And another is Becoming a Good Creature by Sy Montgomery that explains that school is not the only place to find a teacher. In this beautiful picture book, learn the many surprising lessons animals have to teach us about friendship, compassion, and how to be a better creature in the world. Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood is a picture book for ages 3-8 In the inspirational text that made him a bestselling, internationally acclaimed author, Douglas Wood offers a spiritual homage to nature and the world.

Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood is a picture book for ages 3-8. In the inspirational text that made him a bestselling, internationally acclaimed author, Douglas Wood offers a spiritual homage to nature and the world. Greg Shed's stunning portraits of the natural world tenderly portray all of the many ways in which we can say thanks for the wonders we sometimes take granted in life.

The Three Questions by John Muth
 Award-winning artist Jon J Muth has transformed a story by Tolstoy into a timeless fable for young readers.This profound and inspiring book is about compassion and being engaged in each moment. With his stunning watercolors -- and text that resounds with universal truths, Jon J Muth has transformed a story by Leo Tolstoy into a timeless fable for readers of every age!

Peace Book by Todd Parr
The Peace Book delivers positive and hopeful messages of peace in an accessible, child-friendly format featuring Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes. Perfect for the youngest readers, this book delivers a timely and timeless message about the importance of friendship, caring, and acceptance.

Celebrate these new items by checking them out FOR FREE at the church library right off the Gathering Space at church. It’s a self-help system by simply signing the blue library card with your name and phone number.

It’s easy, it’s convenient, and it’s free. Come pay a visit to the church library. There are 4,000 plus books available for your reading pleasure.



Founded in 1977, the Library at Asbury First is located off the Welcoming Hall. The book collection ranges from general reference, life stages, religion and science, Bible, theology, and spirituality to fiction, church history, and Christian education, organized with the Dewey Decimal System. A posted chart provides numbers and categories of the books and there is a color-coded chart for the children's collection. Use of the library is free and it is open to church members when the church is open. The process for checking out and returning books is an easy, self-serve honor system.

Besides encouraging use by individual church members, the Library Committee provides programs for children's Sunday School groups and adult education classes. It works to strengthen the family and young adult collections and is creating a library collection database. The committee credits memorials, area book exchanges, and donations as sources for books and supplies. It is possible to leave memorials to help fund the library, and such gifts play a major role in providing for library needs.

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