News from the Stacks

Library Ministry - Park Cities Baptist Church - Sept. 2018

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In this Issue:

  • Next Ladies Book Brunch, Sept. 15
  • Wednesday Afternoon Story Hour Plans
  • RightNow Media Relaunch
  • A New Library Brochure and Librista App
  • Book Reviews and Donations
  • New Titles in Our Collection
  • Bible Collection for SoupMobile Continues
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Faithfully Yours Ladies Book Brunch - Book Review

Saturday, Sep. 15th, 10am-12pm

Park Cities Baptist Church - The Loft

We have a special program for the thirteenth Ladies Book Brunch. It will be on Saturday, September 15, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. till noon, here in the PCBC Loft. Susan Lewis from Logos Bookstore will tell us about some of her favorite new titles. Come for light refreshments and plenty of fellowship as PCBC and Concord women get to know one another better.

This event will be free of charge but PLEASE register online:

(If you have trouble registering online, use the RSVP button below, or call Emily Martin at 214-860-3993 or email

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Care for a WASH?

WASH stands for Wednesday Afternoon Story Hour, in the Commons. We are hoping to recruit a few volunteers to read books to kids on Wednesday afternoon, starting about 4:30 and finishing about 5:15 or 5:30. This will be open to children age four and up, or younger if they have a big person with them. If you’d like to volunteer, call or email Emily Martin (214-860-3993, We’ll send word out when we start the WASH!

Kids enjoyed Library Day on July 31st during their fun-filled week of Kids Kamp! Thanks to our volunteers who are the best storytellers around. This is a sample of what we hope to create with WASH in the Commons on Wednesday afternoon.

Right Now Media Re-Launch

On August 28, we sent out email invitations for RightNow Media, the streaming Christian video service that’s FREE to any PCBC member. Watch your email, including your spam file. Or just contact us in the Library for more information. Go to to see more. P.S. Be sure to download the RightNow Media App to your smartphone or tablet! Take it wherever you go.

Our New Brochure

Now, pretty much everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the PCBC Library is available all in one place. With the help of the wizards in our Communications Department, we created a new Library brochure. (We’re very proud of it.) Come by and get one! You can download the pdf version at the bottom of the newsletter for a sneak peek!
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Download the Librista App

You can have full access to our online catalog (OPAC) right on your smartphone. Just download the FREE Librista app and select Park Cities Baptist Church Library. Use it to search our collection, and to reserve, renew or review books. It’s easy to use and really convenient.

Yes, You Can Review!

We would love to know what you think about books in our collection, and other patrons want to know, too. Our OPAC system (including the Librista app) makes it easy to share your book reviews with others. You can write a sentence, a paragraph, or just rate it with one to five stars. Review are anonymous and will be posted after librarian approval. Join our reading community and share your thoughts to help others in book selections!

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Book Donations

Our Library is privileged to receive numerous monetary donations each year that are given in honor or in memory of someone. In the past year, we have dedicated more than 50 books in memory of adults who have passed away. We’ve also dedicated nearly 40 books to celebrate the birth of babies. In addition, some people like to honor a favorite teacher or pastor or friend by dedicating a book in their name. We’ve even had people contribute to purchase books in memory of a beloved pet.

In every case, we work with the donor to select an appropriate title. Then we send acknowledgment letters to both the donor and the family of the one who’s being recognized. It’s such a beautiful way to show respect and affection.

If you’d like to know more or if you’d like to donate in someone’s name, you can print the attached Gift Information Form. You can mail it to the library with your donation, or drop it by. If you would like more information, just contact Emily Martin.

Used Books

Many people ask us about bringing us their used books. Because we are in such limited space, we can only take a few. Here is our general policy on accepting used books:

  • We accept almost all children’s books. Unless there is one that we desire to fill out our own children’s collection, we pass them on directly to Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation. The books end up in the hands of families of kids in our Vickery Ministry.
  • Adult Fiction. We evaluate these with a view to whether it is a good addition to our collection.
  • Adult Non-Fiction. Likewise, as we evaluate these books, our primary criterion is publication date: Unless a book was published in 2010 or later, we typically pass it on.
Books that we are not able to use go into our Great Book Giveaway stash. We bring these books out once a year right after Thanksgiving. Mark your calendar to come snag some! Any books that are left over go to ministries such as Men of Nehemiah.

New Additions to the PCBC Collection

Here are some of the new books that we’ve added to the collection this summer. Many of these were donated in memory of a loved one. Also, we’ve added a bunch of new titles to our OverDrive collection of e-books and downloadable audiobooks.


  • The Alexander Family Cookbook, by Linda and Art Alexander (Yes! Our own Linda & Art!)
  • Healing the Heartbreak of Grief, by Peter James Flamming


  • Touching the Clouds, Bonnie Leon
  • The Exiles, by Gilbert Morris
  • Beyond the Sacred Page: The Tyndale translation, by Jack Cavanaugh
  • A Plain Scandal: An Appleseed Creek mystery, by Amanda Flower
  • Daughters of Lancaster County: The series, by Wanda Brunstetter
  • Indiana Cousins Trilogy, by Wanda Brunstetter
  • A Necessary Deception, by Laurie Alice Eakes
  • The Gilded Years, by Karin Tanabe

Here is a link to our online catalog – OPAC.

Use it to learn more about these books and all the others in our collection. Log in with your username and password, and you can reserve, renew or even review books. Contact the Library for more information

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Keep Bringing Those Bibles for SoupMobile

Keep searching around your house. Ask your friends and neighbors. Set a goal for your family of collecting at least 10 Bibles. Bring new or gently used Bibles, any version, any language, to the PCBC Library. You can also drop them off in the bins marked for “Children’s Books.” If you would like to donate money to the cause, we can work with SoupMobile to purchase Bibles. Every Bible helps SoupMobile meet their goal of collecting 10,000 Bibles – to give one to every homeless person in Dallas. SoupMobile Church is the “home” church for the homeless in Dallas, Texas. See more at their website:

Digging Deeper - Resources for Next Sermon Series

This link will take you to a "book bag" in our OPAC with a list of resources in our collection related to the next sermon series on Job.

Back to Regular Library Hours

With summer drawing to an end, we are back to our regular hours in the Library.

Drop in and see us!

Sunday: 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Closed Monday, Friday, Saturday

For more information, call 214-860-3993, or email your librarians, Emily Martin,, or Linda Wachel,