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A monthly blog, written by Holy Trinity's Library team. Holy Trinity has hundreds of books on various Christian education subjects, such as Faith Formation, Bible Study, Biography, Prayer, and World Religions. All books are free for members and attenders to check out for two-three weeks.
Our 2017 Library Team leaders are Dorothy Kasik and Judy Evans.
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Your Library Team completed a “weeding” of our general collection last month. As in our gardens at home, library weeding is a long and thoughtful process during which we literally get our hands dirty. We examine each book’s physical condition and then we check the library card in the back. If the book hasn’t been checked out for five years or more, it gets weeded. Exceptions are volumes in a still-active series, either when readers are still reading other volumes or authors are still producing sequels. Other exceptions are literature or Lutheran classics (we’d never weed out a Bonhoeffer title) or educational materials (someone might need that concordance one day). Weeding the flower bed gives space for blooms; weeding the library gives space for new books!
The next step is to make compost from the weeds. That’s exactly what your BGLIbrary Team will be doing June 4 and June 11. On those two Sundays, weeded books will be on display. You’ll have a chance to look through and rescue your favorites. A donation box will be available, and all money collected will be used to buy books to begin a library for our partners in Tanzania. You’ll be turning our compost into books for Isimani.
In Isimani, Pastor Msungu reports that the church council has found a secure location for the books and a librarian to manage them. In Dar es Salaam, a Christian bookstore we’ve contacted will put together a children’s collection that includes both English and Swahili. Sappi Lugalla is our liaison with the bookstore, and the Holy Trinity team travelling to Tanzania in August will take the books with them to Isimani.
Please support our Weeds to Reads sale generously. In Tanzania books are a rarity in rural places like Isimani. Few homes have books or reading materials of any kind. The result is that children learn reading skills in school but in danger of losing them when their homes or families can’t support them. Your donation will make it possible for kids to maintain what they’ve learned in school. Having a community library in a place like Ismiani reinforces the importance of literacy for everyone.