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Location and Hours

The library is located in Room 208 just past the conference room on your way to the education building from the reception area.  For your convenience, the library is open anytime the church building is open and operates on a self-serve basis.  A library staff person is on duty on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:00 and before the 11 o’clock service.

Fall Reading

"Fall" in love with Reading! We have Pumpkin Books galore – Apples, Turnips & Squash stories even!  We have beautiful leaf and tree books, fun Halloween stories and much more.  They’re all on special display this month and on into November when we will add our special Thanksgiving collection.  

Here we go again!  Missing Books!

PLEASE check your homes and vehicles for books belonging to the church library!  We have many seriously overdue and/or lost books.  Remember to sign and leave the borrower’s card in the back of the book.  If a book becomes overdue, we contact the last person to sign the card.

Many of our church library books have been mistakenly returned to the Wake County Public Libraries recently.  Thankfully, they have mailed them back to us or called to make arrangements for them to be picked up.  It’s easy to determine which library to return the books…1) An ID label on the back cover indicates the name of the library it should be returned to; and 2) Look in the back of the book for a card pocket…Wake County library books do not have this pocket. Thank you for being a good steward which will help our library retain all of our books for everyone to enjoy!

October Staff Picks

Adult Fiction - Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James – A follow-up to Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice", British crime fiction author, P.D. James writes a "whodunit" novel set at Pemberley, Elizabeth and Darcy’s impressive estate. Preparations are underway for their annual autumn ball until chaos descends upon their lives.

Nonfiction - Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandburg - These stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere and to rediscover joy.

Children (ages 4-8) - The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs – A charming story for children illustrating how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a simply glorious sight. In the same way, God's transforming love can fill each of our hearts with joy and light. Share the Good News during the harvest season!

Junior Fiction (ages 6-8) - Ivy & Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go by Annie Barrows – Best friends, Ivy and Bean, are back for another fun adventure, involving a "glowing form" in the school bathroom.

September Staff Picks

Adult Fiction – "Love Story" by Karen Kingsbury - This story touches the heart and shows how in our "humanity" we may think we have really messed up but God can take our "mess" and turn it into something special!

Adult Nonfiction "Wesley Gold" by Ray Comfort -  This book won't warm your heart - it will set you on fire for God. It will challenge you like no other, because the life of John Wesley will make the most zealous of us seem lukewarm.

Children’s Easy -  "Mrs. Spitzer's Garden" by Edith Pattou - Mrs. Spitzer is a wise teacher who knows many things...about gardens...about children. She knows how similar they are, and how both will flourish if tended lovingly. There are many remarkable teachers like Mrs. Spitzer in the world, and this simple, moving story celebrates all they do, year after year, to help our children grow and blossom.

Juvenile – "Beyond the Bright Sea" by Lauren Wolk - An orphan unravels the mystery of her past. For 4th graders and up.

Become a member of the Library Ministry Team. We are searching for someone who can help with the smooth running of our church library.  Previous library work experience is not essential, but would be helpful.  We can train you!  Please consider being a part of "the library committee". Contact Billie Poole at 919.781.1261 or by e-mail.

Need to Renew your Book?  Our lending period is 3 weeks.  But if you need it just a little longer, you may renew by just leaving a note with your name, phone number and book title on the library desk. It will be due in 3 more weeks, but would encourage you to return it as soon as possible so others can enjoy.

Used Book Collection:  Our next Used Book Sale will be held in April 2018. Collection for the sale will begin in January.  Storage space in the library closet is minimal – so please save them for us in your homes until the beginning of next year.  Thank you for remembering us when weeding your bookshelves!

Little Free Library

Located next to the community garden, you’ll find a little box full of books which belongs to everyone!  We’re reaching out to our neighbors, inviting them to enjoy the blessing of books and to come worship with us.  If you see something you would like to read, take it, return it or replace that book with another. Spread the love of reading to our community.

Our Collection

The Mary Smith Memorial Library offers a wide variety of resources to strengthen the faith journey of our congregation members.  A Library Catalog Computer is available at all times to help you search for a book by title, author, or keyword.  A Book List with all titles listed alphabetically or by author is also available. We are adding new books on a regular basis, so please come by often and see what’s new!

The adult non-fiction area on the right side includes the reference section offering The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentaries Volumes 1 – 12; Barclay Commentaries; Interpretation Series Bible Commentaries; various Bible Dictionaries, Atlases, and Bibles.

Other non-fiction categories include:  Biographies, John Wesley and United Methodist Studies, varied editions of the Bible, Devotional Helps, Parenting, Aging, Art & Music, Illness, Bereavement, Money Matters, Spiritual Enrichment, Church History, Christianity and Other Religions

The Adult Fiction area includes many popular authors, bestsellers and classics.

The Children and Junior Sections are on the left upon entering the library with Easy Readers, Board Books, Picture Books, and First Chapter Books. Junior Fiction includes popular authors, bestsellers and classics.

Children’s non-fiction books are in the last bookcase which includes everything from Noah’s Ark to dinosaurs to devotional helps!

Library Policy

All books and other resources taken from the library should be properly checked out, even if you are only borrowing for an hour.  Please follow the check out procedures posted at the library desk. Remember to sign your name on the Borrower’s card and place it in the card box on the library desk.  Books are due back in three weeks.  Reference books with a yellow “R” sticker on the spine are only available for use in the library.  They can be used during the Sunday School hour, Bible Study Class, etc., and returned promptly.

Books and resources must be returned to the Book Return Box in the library within three weeks.  Please return on time so others may enjoy them, too!  If your book or resource is overdue, you will receive a friendly postcard reminder.  The overdue policy is posted in the library.

No food or drinks are allowed in the library.

Second Sunday Story Time

Depending on the curriculum and Sunday morning schedule, the Sunday School classes for our young children ages 2 to 6 are accompanied by their teachers to the library for story time on the second Sunday of each month. A list of books read is on the bulletin board for the parents’ reference in case they would like to check out that book to read aloud to their child again. Reading with a child is one of the most important 20 minutes of your day.

Summer Reading Program for Children

Each summer, we challenge our young readers (ages 3 to rising 6th graders) to nurture their Christian growth by participating in the Highland Summer Reading Program.  Participants must read (or have read to them) a required number of books, depending on their age, within the reading time period.  Upon completion, each reader is recognized with a new book added to our library in their honor.  Details about this reading-incentive program are available in late May.

Annual Used Book Sale

The Library sponsors a Used Book Sale once a year to raise funds for new library resources, usually in the spring time.  We will accept your donations of all types of books – adult and children, current and classic editions. Please consider content when donating.  We do not accept old computer manuals, textbooks or old encyclopedias.  Collection time will be announced.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mary Smith Memorial Library is to provide resources for members to develop a deeper Christian faith through reading and studying.  It has materials for all ages and includes nonfiction and fiction publications.

Help Us Grow

Give a gift of learning and enjoyment.  A good book placed in the church library is a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday, wedding anniversary, new baby or the memory of a loved one!  Maybe you just want to place a book in honor of someone just because they are special to you!  A library staff person is available on Sunday mornings to assist you with your donation.  A special commemorative bookplate will be placed in the book or resource.  Pick up the pamphlet, Honor and Memorial Book Program, in the library for complete details.

Book Donation Policy

Our library staff reserves the right to retain, donate or discard donated material(s) as appropriate and for the benefit of church members.

We Support a Local Mission

Christian Library International (CLI) is a non-denominational ministry which collects and distributes Christian books, Bibles and materials to over 900 U.S. prisons and missions in 45 countries.  Our library staff periodically “weeds” out duplicate copies of books or outdated editions of our library collection.  We send these on to CLI for their prison ministry.  Also, after our Used Book Sale, we send unsold Christian-themed materials to CLI.

In Memorial

Our library is named in memory of Mary Smith, former Director of Christian Education at Highland.  Mary was instrumental in starting our library and served on the library committee for many years.

Suggestions for New Books or have a question?

Please contact a Library Committee Member: Billie Poole – Chairperson; Earleen Barnes, Jane Gray, Anna Lockett, Kay Miller, Laura Pace and Kay Stocum.