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Welcome to the Web site of TCACLA, the Twin Cities Area Church Library Association (Minnesota), a non-profit organization serving church library volunteers.  Membership is open to churches and individuals of all Christian denominations who seek assistance with library development and day-to-day management of their church libraries.  Some benefits of membership and attendance at workshops and meetings include:

  • Learn new trends and practices
  • Learn how to select books & other resources
  • Learn day-to-day library management helps
  • Encouragement
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Networking
  • Off The Shelf newsletter

2017 TCACLA Spring Meeting

       TCACLA Spring Meeting
St. Michael’s Lutheran ChurchRav. Lindsay Hardin Freeman
9201 Normandale Boulevard
Bloomington, MN  55437

April 29, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Our featured speaker is Rev. Lindsay Hardin Freeman.  She will discuss her groundbreaking book, Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter.

Per her website: “My passion is women of the Bible. Through writing and speaking, I share their stories. Scripture, tradition, reason, and humor are my tools. My goals are to free Bible women from their dreary literary caskets—and in that process, draw contemporary women deeper into God’s sacred circle.”

As always, there will be a book swap, time to visit the church library,  an opportunity to network with other librarians and lunch.

Special Message from the Board – “Be Our Guest”

The board members believe that Rev. Freeman’s presentation could be of interest to members of your church who aren’t on the library committee – e.g., Bible study and women’s groups.  This meeting could also be an opportunity for you to promote your library.

Your guests should be included on your registration form. As always, any member of your church can attend the meeting at the $15 member rate, even if s/he isn’t on the library committee. 

This information was taken from the Off The Shelf 2017 spring edition.

TCACLA Spring Meeting 2017

The next TCACLA meeting will be on Saturday, April 29, at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington. Our featured speaker is Lindsay Hardin Freeman, author of Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter.

In her groundbreaking book, Bible Women, Rev. Freeman identifies every woman who speaks in the bible-womenBible, providing her words, context, and historical background. Each entry lists the woman, her prominent traits, where to find her story, a “classic moment”, and her
Biblical profile. There is a summary of her words, a quick recap of her story, and then some reflections on her life and how she might relate to various areas of modern life.

Rev. Freeman’s other books include a children’s book, The Spy on Noah’s Ark: Bible Stories from the Inside Out and Wisdom Found: Stories of Women Transfigured by Faith.  You won’t want to miss her.  At her presentation to a group at The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Philadelphia, she received a standing ovation.


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About the Author:  Lindsay Hardin Freeman is a Minnesota-based Episcopal priest who has won over thirty awards for journalistic excellence, including the 2015 Gold Medal Award in Bible Study from Independent Publisher.

From 2010-2014, she and a research team worked to do something never done before: to document every word spoken in the Bible by women. Her work takes her around the country, speaking to groups about the accomplishments and struggles of Bible women. She enjoys finding humor and grace in the Bible, and shares it fully.


The Spring issue of Off the Shelf will include a complete schedule for the morning, along with a registration form.   If you are not a member and do not receive the newsletter, the registration form will be on this website with more meeting information in early April.

2016 Fall Program Highlights

Should we get that?  Selecting religious materials for the public library. Presentation by Jessica Zillhart at the most recent Twin Cities Church Library Association meeting.

This is a 27 page pdf of that presentation.

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thumbnail_img_2303jessica-zillhartJessica Zillhart, talked about selection of religious materials in the public library  system. Jessica is currently a Materials Selection Librarian at the St. Paul Public Library. She’s also a member of Ebooks Minnesota’s collection development task force and she’s involved with the Digital Public Library of America’s Content Curation Corps for their Open Ebooks Initiative.  Her presentation was very interesting as well as enlightening.

Gary from Magers and Quinn Booksellers (3038 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis 55408)  presented a lot of useful information on new and popular books.  Many of us were not aware of this bookstore. Gary Mazzone is their outreach and sales director-a great source of informatthumbnail_img_2311ion for our group. Magers and Quinn Booksellers is the largest independent, family-owned bookstore in Minnesota.  As Gary reminded us small businesses are the mainstay of America and we are encouraged to support them.

A big thank you to all the publishers who donated books that Magers and Quinn could distribute at our meeting.  Everyone got 3 to 4 brand news books for their libraries.

Check them out at http://www.magersandquinn.com

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TCACLA Fall Meeting

TCACLA Fall Meeting
October 22, 2016
8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

St. Peder’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
4600 East 42nd Street
Minneapolis MN  55406St Peder's Evangelical Lutheran Church

 

The theme of the Fall meeting is “Selection.”  Our keynote speaker, Jessica Zillhart, will talk about selection of religious materials in the public library system. Jessica is currently a jessica-zillhartMaterials Selection Librarian at the St. Paul Public Library. She’s also a member of Ebooks Minnesota’s collection development task force and she’s involved with the Digital Public Library of America’s Content Curation Corps for their Open Ebooks Initiative.   Jessica previously was employed by Anoka County Library as a Youth Materials Selector and by Mackin Educational Resources as a Collection Development Specialist.  She received her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Wisconsin.
After Jessica’s presentation, we’ll learn about Magers & Quinn Booksellers’ services for churches and hear about new books on two social justice issues. We’ll end with a roundtable discussion of how we decide what materials to add to our own libraries, both via purchase and donation.  As always, there will be a book swap, a chance to visit the church library, and time to network with other librarians.

 

If you do not receive the Off the Shelf newsletter you will find the registration form under Forms on this website or you may email the editor at otseditor@gmail.com for more information.

TCACLA 2016 Spring Meeting

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Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
May 14, 2016
9:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The next TCACLA meeting will be on Saturday, May 14, at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. Our featured speaker is Natalia Peterson, author of I’m Not the Pastor’s Wife; I’m Just Married to Him.

 From the author’s website: “Enter Talia, a worldly woman raised in a lively, embracing community of Ukrainian immigrants. A chance meeting with a Lutheran pastor, Charles, surprisingly takes them down the aisle. Talia has always been the big-city individualist – Charles is a small-town guy raised on a dairy farm. Talia has an unfettered spirit and personality – Charles has been called to serve as a Lutheran congregation in a small, conservative and very Scandinavian community.”

This memoir is full of quirky observations and candid stories, sometimes humorous and other times tragic, that are intended to show the reader what it takes to find the strength to lead an authentic life.

The Spring issue of Off the Shelf will include a complete schedule for the morning, along with a registration form.  If you are not a member, do not receive the newsletter and would like to attend,  please contact the editor of Off The Shelf for a registration form
at otseditor@gmail.com.  There also is a registration for on this website under the Forms tab.

Free Lecture Series Ongoing

The Faith & Life Lecture Series exists to create welcoming and accessible public forums for members of the Twin Cities community to hear nationally known speakers reflect on how Christian faith is related to different dimensions of everyday life. The talks are always free public events. The lectures typically last about 50 minutes, followed by a brief period for Q&A after the presentation by the speaker. After the Q&A, speakers are generally available for one-on-one discussion with members of the audience during an informal reception. At most lectures, material by the speaker or related to the lecture subject — books, CDs, or artwork — is available for sale.

Check it out at  http://faith-and-life.org/about-faith-life

TCACLA Fall Meeting

SpringHouse Ministry Center
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SpringHouse Ministry Center is a new way to be church in the 21st century.  It is a way in which congregations can become more environmentally & financial stable, allowing them to be free to do God’s mission in new ways.  SpringHouse is also a space where the wider community can meet, renew, grow and work for wholeness. We are a partnership of three local congregations: First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),  Salem English Lutheran Church and Lyndale United Church of Christ. Each congregation worships in its own way and together we share common ministries such as education and mission.  More information at http://www.springhousemn.org/


 

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Twin Cities Area Church Library Association Fall Meeting
Saturday, October 24, 2015
8:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m
SpringHouse Ministry Center
610 W. 28th Street, Minneapolis

Our featured speaker is Chris Magnusson, currently the Automation Librarian/Legacy Program Coordinator with the Arrowhead Library System. She has additional experience with the Hibbing Public Library in the areas of children’s programming, periodicals, and website technology.

Program Schedule

The program on the day of the meeting will have more detail.
8:45-9:00         Registration and Book Swap
9:00-9:30         Barb Livdahl: Welcome & Information on the SpringHouse Ministry Center
9:30-10:15       Chris Magnusson: What’s New for Libraries
10:15-10:30     Break – The Book Swap and library are open all morning
10:30-11:15     Workshops – Choose one:

  • Barb Livdahl: The challenges of managing a small church library
  • Katie Lawrence: Volunteers – recruiting, scheduling, training, etc.
  • Chris Magnusson: Working with nonprint materials – e.g., DVDs, e-books

11:15-11:45     Business Meeting
11:45-12:00     Break
12:00-12:45     Lunch, provided by House of Hunger catering.
Table topic:  Library automation.

2016 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

A 2016 new/renewal membership form is included in this issue of Off the Shelf in case you want to pay the 2016 dues with funds in your 2015 budget.  It’s not necessary to pay your dues for next year at this time, however.  The form will be included again in the Winter issue or you can find a link to the form under the Forms Menu.

If your church isn’t currently a member of TCACLA and you join now, you can attend the Fall 2015 meeting, along with all of the 2016 meetings, at the member rate.

Again, for more information please email the Off The Shelf Editor at otseditor@gmail.com