Church library event set for Nov. 2 in Decatur

Church Libraries: More Than Books on a Shelf” is the theme of this year’s North Alabama Church Library Conference, set for Nov. 2 at Central Baptist Church, Decatur.

The annual conference is open to church library staff, volunteers and others interested in church history, books and disciple making. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the conference will conclude at 3:30 p.m. 

Covering all aspects

Sessions include all aspects of church library work from collection development and weeding to book and Bible repair. Sessions also will address discipleship, upcycling, church history, promoting the church library and automation software.

Lisa Worthey Smith, author of “The Ground Kisser” and “The Wisdom Tree,” will speak. 

Rob Jackson, associate professor of Christian studies at University of Mobile and former pastor of Central Baptist, also will speak. Jackson is author of “Moments with God,” a discipleship guide for parents.

Morlee Maynard, LifeWay Christian Resources’ consultant for church libraries, will speak on the subject of disciple making and church libraries.

Other conference leaders will be Lonette Berg, executive director of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission; Sandy Shepard and Amanda Thompson, Central Baptist Church; Allison Maynard, Book Systems Inc.; and church library consultants Sandra Fitts, Eva Nell Hunter, Bev League, Carolyn Walker and Marty Woodall.

Registration will be held on the day of the conference but advanced registration and lunch reservations by Oct. 30 are appreciated. For more information go to, email or call 256-353-5912. (TAB)