The Resurrection church library is the perfect place to get a quiet break or to seek some inspiration through books and videos. The varied collection of resources, from classic Lutheran writings to the newest Biblical scholarship, Christian fiction and children’s material has been overseen by a dedicated group of volunteers over the years. This month, Marlys Claussen is handing over the reins as director of the library to Angela Tastad.
The original church library was set up by Esther Sharbo with help from Rene Kinchloe shortly after the congregation was established 50 years ago. For the past 20 years Rene and Marlys have been taking turns managing the library’s collection with help from various people over the years. For the past 10 years Gloria Sommervold has been assisting with the tasks of re-shelving books and setting up displays. Both Marlys and Gloria will continue to assist in those weekly tasks but will be turning the direction of the library over to Angela.
Angela and her family (husband Eric and son Leif) have been members of Resurrection since the fall of 2007. Angela is interested in pursuing a Masters Degree in Library Science and feels that serving as director of the church library will be good experience. As director of the library she will be in charge of the library budget, new acquisitions and upkeep of the collection. Angela said that one of her first priorities will be to complete the transition from the card catalog to a computer database that will make searching for and tracking material more efficient.
We give thanks to God for Marlys, Rene and Gloria for their many (and continued) years of service to the congregation through the library ministry and to Angela for stepping up to take on this task. We are blessed to have one of the best kept church libraries around. Stop by and take a look.