Library Embraces Change 

September 22, 2015

Change is in the air. And while change can be scary, thoughtful change is creative and positive. Plymouth Library is no stranger to change. In the nine years I have been librarian, we marched fearlessly into the 20th Century when we automated the catalog and circulation systems. The library collection has added more new books. The Library Committee and I have worked on outreach programs with more to come this year. If you haven't read the Library blog, go to, click on the Library box and link to the blog. I post a new article every Monday with photos. Look for the September article about banned books.

In keeping with the intertwined themes of change and creation, you will see visual representations of creation in the library and blog articles.

I will also highlight ‘theologians of the month.’ In September, I will focus on UCC ministers with a local connection. Plymouth library has all of Eric Elnes’ (who will preach Sept. 27) books. His parents were founding members of the Congregational Church on Mercer Island, and he has the distinction of having been the first baby baptized there. He grew up in the church and discovered his vocation. The minister then, Bruce Van Blair, works with Eric at his church in Omaha. I am also featuring a book by Van Blair and a new, hot off the presses book by another CCMI minister, Michael Bush, entitled Chaos in the Kingdom. Rounding out the list are Dale Turner, former Senior Minister at University Congregational and newspaper columnist, former Plymouth Senior Ministers Tony Robinson and Allen Hilton. Allen co-authored Feasting on the Word series.

October showcases other UCC theologians to coincide with Diana Butler-Bass's visit to University UCC. In Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith, she tells how churches like Plymouth are reclaiming ancient spiritual practices such as hospitality, discernment, testimony and beauty. Watch for her new book, Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution. Change is in the air! —Suzanne Sanderson, Librarian, Plymouth Library

Help the Traveling Library

During hospitality hour in the Lounge on Sundays, Plymouth presents its Traveling Library, a display of books from Plymouth Library available for checkout to Plymouth members and friends. More than a way to make materials available to our congregation, the Traveling Library is also a way to extend hospitality. Volunteers at the Traveling Library find that the book display serves as a bridge to start conversations with newcomers. The Library also expresses Plymouth’s identity as a progressive Christian community. We need members to volunteer. The time commitment is only about 45 minutes, duties are straightforward and you can volunteer on Sundays that suit your schedule.Please contact Library Committee Chair Ingrid Holmlund at or 206.286.8635.  

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