The purpose of the Grace Church on-the-Hill Library is to support all members of our congregation as they respond to Christ's command to love God and to love our neighbours as ourselves.
As we add books to the Library's collection, we hope:
(a) to increase the congregation's knowledge of the scriptures, of the history of the church, and of the Anglican tradition in particular; and
(b) to support congregation members at key moments in their lives including birth and baptism, marriage and divorce, and aging and death.
"Since a child does not differentiate his interests as does an adult, good books of all kinds—not just religious—should be placed on their shelves." [Erwin, John E. The Key to a Successful Church Library. Rev. ed. Minneapolis, MN : Augsburg, c1967.] In consultation with Francesca Mallin-Parker, we are following John Erwin's advice as we continue to build this area of the Library.
The Grace Church on-the-Hill Book & Film Group has made a practice of donating a copy of each book discussed to the Library. The result is a small but varied and inviting section of the Library.
Visiting the Library and Borrowing Books
The Grace Church librarians try to provide "Library Hours" every Tuesday from 2 to 4:30. As well, we will try to have somebody in the Library between the 9:15 and 11 o'clock services most Sundays. At other times congregation members are welcome to visit and to borrow books whenever they wish, however it is a good idea, before planning a visit, to call the Church Director of Property Management to ensure that no other group will be using the Library. Like all other rooms in the Church, the Library is frequently used for meetings.
The Circulation System is self-service. Signs are posted in the Library explaining how to borrow books, and when and where to return them. Please pay special attention to the request that you include your phone number AND the date you are borrowing the book when you sign the borrower's card.
The library is staffed on Tuesday afternoons, 2-4:30 pm. Or you can visit anytime the library is not booked for a meeting. (best to check with the church office for that information). The card catalogue is available on-line, both at home (through the church's website) or on the resident desktop computer.
In addition to a wide variety of books on theology, spirituality, and dealing with the critical times in one's life, there is a collection of works of fiction (with church themes). You can also find the books discussed in the Book & Film Group. Some of the past selections are currently featured in the display case in the narthex, but are available for check-out.
Children will find books for them on the shelves on the right as they enter the library, as well as the children's section of the sanctuary.