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The purpose of the Church Library is to serve Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church congregation with inspirational reading, worship resources, teaching resources, and any other printed matter or media which would enrich the spiritual and intellectual lives of our members and fulfill the program ministries of the Church.
The primary goal of our 10,000 volumes is to offer the best books and multimedia in the field of Christian culture and faith. A secondary goal is to make available a selection of recreational reading – books and multimedia for general and current interests – both fictional and nonfictional for all ages.
What are the Library hours?
The Church Library is open weekdays when the church offices are open. On Sundays, the Church Library is open from 9:30 – 10:45 AM. You can contact the Church Librarian, Fay Taylor, by calling the church office at (423) 886-2190 or by email.
Who can volunteer in the Library?
Each library item must be cataloged, labeled, covered, and shelved. Our wonderful library volunteers do most of this work. Contact the Library Staff if you would like to join this team of volunteers.
How can I find the resource I need?
The Church Library catalog is computerized and can be viewed online by clicking the link above under Library Online, as well as from the computer in the library that is available for catalog searches only. The Church Library uses the Dewey Decimal System, and you will find charts and signs about the library to help you in your search. You can ask the library staff for assistance, or contact the staff by calling the church office at (423) 886-2190 or by email.
What type of resources does our Library provide?
Teaching, Worship, and Group Resources
The library has excellent resources for many of the church programs for all ages. Resources include commentaries, theology, inspirational writings and devotionals; Christian writings and texts on Christian living; histories and doctrines of the Faith; and the Church and family living and parenting.
The Christian publishing industry is at an all-time high, and writers of excellent Christian fiction are being published. Our library has a growing collection of these wonderful books and media, as well as some of the classics for adults, teens and children. If you haven’t taken advantage of this collection, you will be pleasantly surprised at the quality of writing that is being produced in Christian fiction.
There are collections of biographies of famous personages and of Christians who’ve made a difference. There are self-help books, help with household maintenance, gardening, cooking, and pets. We have books on poetry, essays and quotations; histories of the United States, the World, and Israel and the Middle East; parenting, the arts and recreation and science.
The library has a limited collection of periodicals, both for adults and children for viewing by patrons who have a few minutes to sit and read in the library reading or children’s areas.
Children’s Literature and Multimedia
For our children we have beautiful and wholesome fun picture books by Christian and secular writers. For juveniles there are fiction, non-fiction books on Bible Stories, devotionals, science, history, and poetry. We have a large collection of Newbury and Caldecott award titles.
For teens there are the classics for teens and many wonderful single and series books created for teens by Christian writers – mysteries, suspense, science fiction, fantasy, horse stories, historical fiction, romance and biographies.
In the multimedia areas there are family and children’s movies on DVD and books on CD. Ratings, when available, are noted on each item.