January 20, 2018
Some of you may be thinking “I already know everything there is to know about the library.” Others may ask, “Library? What library?” Whichever group you fall into, I have news for you: there's always something more to learn. That's a key thing about libraries; they are places of learning, full of information.
When you think of a church library, do you think of it as a room (or a closet) full of old Bibles and books on religion? Plymouth Library has that. Many different translations and versions of the Bible, ancient and modern. Commentaries. Works by great theologians. Books on spiritual disciplines, issues facing Churches today, world religions. Our collection offers more breadth and depth than you will find in most public libraries. And, as far as possible, it is theologically sound.
Plymouth Library also offers more than books about religion in its collection of more than 5,000 items. Find literary fiction, poetry, essays, biographies of people who influenced the course of history, books on the arts and politics and a wide array of social justice topics. Discover books for children and parents, magazines and DVDs, CDs and audio books. Brand-new books are available that you don't have to wait for months to check out from the public library.
Plymouth library is tucked away, on the main floor, through the door to the left of the restrooms. Once you find it, and spend some time getting to know it, you may start to think of it as a hidden treasure. The library is open Sundays, 9 am to 12:30 pm. Library committee members and I share a selection of new books during Hospitality Hour in the Lounge most Sundays. Look for our display at the back of the Lounge and check out books.
Connect with the Library. If you have read a book recently that you would like to recommend to others, email me a mini-review of the book to share in upcoming Herald articles and my weekly blog. Contact me to be on the Library's email list at PlymouthLibrary@gmail.com.
Learn more about Plymouth Library at the Plymouth website. Click the “Library” icon on the home page, which includes links to the online catalog, Library blog, a virtual Library tour and videos about choosing age-appropriate books for children, read-aloud tips and storytelling.
Discover Plymouth Library, Plymouth Church's hidden treasure! –Suzanne Sanderson, Librarian
Check Out Little Free Library
Some people already discovered the new Plymouth Little Free Library. It's a bookcase of free books located in the Lounge, near the recycling area. That's fitting since we are recycling books. What ends up in our Little Free Library are books I have withdrawn from the library collection and donations the library can't use. Books are withdrawn if they haven't been checked out for 10 years, if the title is already in the library collection, books are outdated or if books have condition issues. They still can be wonderful; they just need to be discovered. Are you downsizing? Bring your books to the library. If we can't use them, they will be placed in the Little Free Library.
I created two Little Free Libraries in Anacortes. The Little Free Library organization says, “Take a Book, Leave a Book.” Sometimes people take a lot of books and don't leave anything which can be a big problem. With the Plymouth Little Free Library, however, you are welcome to take as many books as you want. Come back frequently. There will always be something new. Oh, and help us keep the Little Free Library neat and tidy. – Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Librarian