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Church Library

Stone Church has a unique collection of religious and secular books for all ages built over many years by volunteers and generous donors.

The Chapel Library is located in the education wing of the church near the Church School rooms. It holds hundreds of interesting books for children and young adults.

Adults have an extensive browsing library in the Conference Room of Lincoln House, adjacent to the church on Lincoln Avenue, which also houses the church offices.

 

The west wall holds many books arranged in Dewey Decimal order from the 00s to the 900s. The balance of the collection is arranged in these categories: Biographies, Ecology, Family, Social Issues, Special Needs, Stone Church, and Women.

Both libraries are accessible on Sunday mornings and during church office hours 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays.

Lincoln House is home to the library and church offices

Featured in our library this Month

By Sue Williams, Library Coordinator

We hope you will try some very interesting books in our Childrens/YA Library. When you visit, please go through the church school rooms so that the doors to the outside remain locked for security.

 

If A Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold, reviewed by Janice McClure (J B Parks)

This is a picture book story of the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement narrated by the Montgomery bus where it all began. In learning about Rosa Parks’ life we are introduced to Martin Luther King Jr, E.D. Nixon, and Rosa’s husband Raymond. There are no holds barred when recalling the injustices suffered by black people. The illustrations, also by Faith Ringgold, are colorful and engaging. I think this book is too wordy for young children below 2nd grade and it also has some frightening but true concepts that are hard for the very young to process. Aside from that it is suitable for all ages. As with many children’s books I learned more from the book than from a history lesson.

 

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History by Chelsea Clinton (J BB Clinton)

Enlightening write-ups and lovely artwork can help us all appreciate women’s work far and wide. This book is given in memory of Sue Evans who contributed greatly to the literature for children in our own church.

The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story by Joseph Bruchac (J 398.2 Bru)

This is a charming legend illustrated beautifully by Anna Vojtech, well known for her flower paintings. The very simple story touches on the expectations we place on human relationships and the beauty of reconcilliation. 

Ecclesiastes: To Everything There Is a Season by Cynthia Rylant (J 223 Ryl)

This author/illustrator adapts text from chapter 3 of the Old Testament book and adds stunning artwork in gorgeous colors. You need to see this!

Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins (J BB Robbins)

This picture book is based on historical facts of Susan and Frederick meeting together in their hometown of Rochester, NY. They had a lot in common-- a desire to learn more than people would teach them, a desire to gain rights including voting. They promised to help each other and they made many joint appearances, working to spread civil rights to all people. The very attractive illustrations are by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls, a husband-and-wife team.

 

Happy reading!

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