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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
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TCACLA Fall Meeting

TCACLA Fall Meeting October 13, 2018

The next TCACLA meeting will be on the morning of Saturday, October 13, at Maternity of Mary Catholic Church, 1414 North Dale Street, St. Paul, MN 55117

Our keynote speaker is Linda Daniels, author of HIS HEART, HIS VOICE; Words of Encouragement.

Please refer to the newsletter section for more information regarding this event.

 

TCACLA Meeting April 21, 2018 updated

TCACLA Spring Meeting
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
April 21, 2018
8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Leanne Waterworth

Our featured speaker is Leanne Waterworth, inspirational author of Just Breathe; Choosing Joy, One Breath at a Time. A Wis-consin resident, Leanne blogs about the challenges she faces as the mother of two boys who have cystic fibrosis.  In her Jan-uary 25 post, “Lamentations,” she reported that her 15-year-old son had been struggling with debilitating back pain, her younger son had been hospitalized for persistent vomiting, her gymnast daughter had broken both heels and the entire family was adjusting to a recent move to a smaller home for financial reasons.  She wrote: “In spite of our circumstances, I still have joy. I love my husband, my children…Life is really, really hard sometimes. God is still good. Each day is new and I am able to find reasons to praise him.”  Copies of her book will be available for sale throughout the morning.

The program also includes a continuation of the conversation on weeding Just Breathethat began in the Fall 2017 Library “Nuts & Bolts” workshop.  How do you decide when it’s time to remove an item from your collection?  What do you do with items you no longer want?  Do you have different rules if the item was donated by a church member?  We anticipate a lively discussion.

The registration form is available on this website under forms.

 

TCACLA 2017 Fall Meeting

October 14, 2017
8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.St Phillips Lutheran Church
ST.
PHILIP’S LUTHERAN CHURCH
6180 HWY 65 NE
FRIDLEY MN  55432

How do you decide what new books to purchase or accept as a donation for your library?  How are new books processed?  How do you tell your congregation about them?  How do you decide that it’s time to retire a book? Does your library have a page on your church website and/or other social media? Have you ever wondered what other church libraries do?

These topics and more will be covered in two work-shops at the Fall meeting!

  1. Workshop 1 – Promoting Your Library
    Chris Magnusson, leader – social media
    Jeanne Weingart, leader – other publicity methods
  2. Workshop 2 – Library “Nuts & Bolts”
    Janet Brownell, leader – collection maintenance
    Laura Dirks, leader – cataloging and classification

The workshops are designed to encourage interactive participation and sharing of ideas. Each one is being offered twice to keep the groups smaller and so participants can attend both of them.

You will find more information in the current newsletter.  Registration is found under forms on this website.  For more information please email lauraedirks@gmail.com.

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.