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Summer Read-Aloud Challenge

Reading is a vacation for the mind, so "book" a little family time!

Summer is approaching, and the HUMC Library Ministry Team is kicking off a new Summer Read Aloud Challenge for the whole family!  Most likely you’ve been spending your days juggling busy schedules, running from activity to activity and relying on phones, computers, and screens to help you manage.  Why not take a virtual family vacation by reading a book together out loud?   How about a Book Read-Aloud Challenge to help you slow down, make time to read with your family or friends, and snap a sweet photo to share with our church family while doing it!   Here's how it works:

1) Check out any book from the Mary Smith Memorial Library (Room 209).  We’ll have some specially selected, fun read-aloud books for children available for a quick choice.  But, you can choose any book you’d like from the shelves.

2) "Book" some family time to read aloud together - in a hammock, on a mountain, at the beach, cuddled with a family member, loved one, or furry friend.

3) Take a picture, and send it to humcread@gmail.com. Once they start coming in, we will display your photos in the Mary Smith Memorial library.  You’ll also see them pop up on the HUMC Facebook page and website (we promise no names or tagging without permission). Send as many photos as you can; we can't get enough of YOU reading HUMC library books!

"Reading together encourages physical closeness.  People lean together, sit close to one another, share laps, and even find themselves breathing in the same rhythm." (quoted from Sharing the Pleasures of Reading). Pile everyone in the hammock, escape into reading adventures and share your photos with us this summer.

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.

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.