Central Baptist to host church library conference

Church librarians and those interested in church history, Bible repair and upcycling will get lots of great information and some hands-on learning at the North Alabama Conference for Church Librarians on Nov. 3 in Decatur.

The theme for this year’s conference is “The Reach of Church Libraries.”

Joan Deneve of Prattville is the featured guest. Deneve is the author of three books of Christian romantic fiction in “The Redeemed Side of Broken” series published by Write Integrity Press.

Debbie Campbell of The Alabama Baptist will also be a special guest.

The conference will cover every aspect of church library work, including administration, collection development, processing, weeding, automation with Concourse and Atriuum, classification and cataloging.

Tips for promoting the church library also will be covered.

General interest

The conference will also include sessions of general interest. Lonette Berg, executive director of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, will lead two sessions on church and family histories. Bev League with the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board will present ideas for church reading clubs and using books for discipleship.

Other presenters include Sue Berthelot, Patty Easterling, Sandra Fitts, Steve Gateley, Bill Jones, Allison Maynard, Sandy Shepherd, Amanda Thompson and Marty Woodall.

Additional topics to be covered in breakout sessions throughout the day include cardmaking as a ministry, using smart-cutting machines like the Cricut for promotions and upcycling, which is making something useful out of useless materials.

A LifeWay bookstore also will be available.

The North Alabama Conference for Church Librarians will be held at Central Baptist Church, 2801 Highway 31 South in Decatur.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the first general session beginning at 8:30. The conference ends at 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.

Pre-registration is requested. To register, contact Eva Nell Hunter by phone at 256-353-5912 or 256-303-7739; by email at enhunter1946@gmail.com or library@cbcdecatur.org; or by mail at Central Baptist Church, 2801 Highway 31 S, Decatur, AL 35603. Include your name, address, telephone number, email address (if available), church and association.

There is no deadline for registration, but reservations are requested by Oct. 31.

Registration cancellations are also requested.

More information about the conference, as well as a complete schedule and course descriptions, are available at the Display link at cbcd.booksys.net. (TAB)

More information about the conference is available at the Display link at cbcd.booksys.net.