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ECC Library

The ECC Library is a Christian lending library for our members, friends, and visitors, containing of hundreds of books and audiovisual materials.

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Reading Lists

Recommendations


One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love
John Perkins write, “The way forward is to become “wounded healers” who bandage each other up as we discover what the family of God really looks like. Real relationships, sacrificial love between actual people, is the way forward. Nothing less will do.” Great read for Black History Month.

Spiritual Depression
Martyn Lloyd-Jones, former pastor of Westminster Chapel, London, preached a series of 21 sermons on the topic of ‘Spiritual Depression’, collected in this book. What causes spiritual depression? Why do Christians not experience the joy God intended? What can be done? Connects with the Spiritual Renewal ACG

Creation Care
Doug Moo, NT scholar, and his son Jonathan, professor at Whitworth College, provide a biblical theology of the natural world. This book provides a thorough biblical theology of the non-human part of creation, carefully considers current rhetoric regarding the environment, and “invites readers into a joyful vision of the world as God’s creation.”

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Mission

The mission of the ECC Library is to equip, edify, and encourage Christian believers as they work out their faith. The library supports the ministry and mission of the church by helping believers to remain grounded in their understanding of God, live out their faith, effectively serve in the life of the congregation, reach out to the community, and use their leisure time in a wholesome manner. You are invited to visit the library and check out materials of interest to you.

How to Check Out Materials During Covid-19

The library is open for check-out of materials for two or three people at a time on Sundays and during the week. Social distancing is necessary because of Covid-19, so only two or three people at a time can be in the library area.

The new library page interface for check-out of materials is very user-friendly. However, for those who would want help using the computer, there are yellow cards available for written check-out of materials. Please include your name and the title(s) of the book(s) you would like to borrow. The interface also allows patrons to browse the catalog.

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Browse the Collection

The new library page interface provides a link for browsing, but patrons may also browse the collection online through the Library Catalog using their personal phones.

Get a Library Card

You need a library card to check out materials. You can apply for a library card in one of two ways:
1. Fill out the online Library Card Signup Form.
2. Fill out a printed Library Card Signup Form, located near the computer in the Library.

New cards will be stored in an alphabetical file located next to the computer in the Library.

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Returning Library Books

All library materials are due in three weeks. They may be returned to the Book Return cart in the Library.

Renew Materials

An email may be sent to the Librarian at ecclibrarybloomington@gmail.com to request renewal.

Overdue Materials

All materials are due three weeks from the checkout date. Patrons will be notified by email if materials are overdue and will be expected to return them as soon as possible.

If You Lose an Item

Patrons are responsible for replacing lost materials checked out to them. If an item has been lost, please contact a library volunteer or email the Librarian at ecclibrarybloomington@gmail.com.

If You Want to Donate

Donations of new or gently used materials are welcome. You may place them in the donation box in the library area or give them to the Library Director. Please indicate your email or phone and name with your donated materials. If it is decided that a donated item does not fit well with the collection, it will be passed on to other ministries or otherwise disposed of. Monetary gifts are welcome. If you have a preference regarding the use of your gift, please get in touch with the Library Director.

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Volunteer

The Library Committee needs volunteers to staff the library desk and assist patrons on Sunday mornings, help check in materials, and aid the committee in the upkeep of our collection. To get involved, contact the Librarian at ecclibrarybloomington@gmail.com.
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Recommended Reading Lists

Fall 2020 Newsletter: Another pandemic issue, containing librarian recommendations for encouragement during the pandemic, considering our role in racial reconciliation, and going deeper in the book of Revelation (among other things).

April 2020 Newsletter: Librarian ebook recommendations for all ages.

Missions/Mission Biographies: Pick up a copy of the books below from the church library – Walk in their shoes and learn about a God who called all nations to Himself and does so by using flawed, but humble, faithful servants like the ones in the stories below.  These true stories will not only inspire you but also challenge you to allow God to work through you in the community where he has placed you.

Christmas Reading for Families: We encourage you to carve out time during Advent to curl up by the fire or at bedtime and enjoy reading some of these Christmas favorites with your children or grandchildren. The books on this list are all available at the ECC library.  Stop by and find out about our children’s reading reward program.

Faith and Science: We have put together a great reading list of books in the ECC Library relating to Faith and Science. Some books deal with the topic broadly, others engage specific topics where faith and science converge. Stop by the Library and check one out.

Grief: The loss of a loved one – parent, spouse, child, trusted friend – is incredibly difficult. If you’re walking through grief, the ECC Library has put together some very helpful reading resources, all available in the Library.