"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." Frederick Douglas.
History of Rachel Bruehl Memorial Library
In the late 1960’s, after Mrs. Rachel Bruehl’s passing, the Church School decided to establish a library to honor her. She was a faithful church member and holder of a 51-year perfect attendance record for Church School. Books and materials were gathered and on March 9, 1970, the new library was dedicated at the morning worship service. It opened with a remarkable total of 334 books.
Under the direction of Librarian Jenette Ports, the library continued to expand. On September 6, 1978, the library became a separate entity with its own budget supported solely by contributions. In 1982 the library became a self-service facility open at all times.
Winnie Garman, along with her helpful husband Bud, took over the management of the library when Jenette Ports retired. Over the next 20 years under Librarian Winnie Garman, the library expanded its space from a Sunday School size room to the spacious area it is now when our church was being renovated in 2000.
For many years the library was financially supported by Eleanor and Walter Turnbaugh, former members who moved to Florida. Mrs. Turnbaugh was Rachel Bruehl’s daughter. In addition, many members have made donations or have set up memorials to help keep the library a vibrant place. About three years ago, our church received an amazing bequest from the Turnbaughs which is meant for the continuation and support of our library. The library has been able to buy new computer equipment, furniture, many new books, and to provide a few programs for young children. We are donating books as part of our outreach to the community. We look forward to helping and inspiring all in our church and many in the local and world-wide communities.
Our Mission Statement
Growing together in Christ, the mission of the library is to transform the hearts and minds of the congregation and the community through education and spiritual enrichment.
The Library Committee
We no longer have a head librarian. Instead, the library is managed by a committee of five ladies and are represented on Church Council. We all have our special jobs to do but pull together on big projects and decisions. When the schedule works, we meet every other Wednesday morning, but we often contribute many hours alone on different days.
Organization of the Library
We do not use the Dewey Decimal System. Because the original collection was small, the books were assigned special category numbers. For example, all books about the Bible are found in category #2 and all fiction is category #33. All books and shelves are marked and a classification list is posted.
The library is open all week as long as the church is open. It is centrally located and not out of anyone’s way. Many evening meetings are held there due to the large table and pleasant atmosphere. Stop by during the Grow Hour if you wish to meet the staff, ask questions or browse for a while. Books are checked out for two weeks but we do not charge fines for late books. Please join us.