Introduction of Ministry:
library at First Baptist Church of Highland Park provides print and multimedia materials based on Christian values and doctrines
in a systematically organized collection that supports the Christian Educational goals of the First Baptist Church of Highland
Park and the leisure reading interests of the church congregation and the Highland Park Christian Academy.
library is located in the James J. McCord Education Building, Room 200. Contact the library staff by calling the church office
mission of the Library Ministry is to serve as a resource and reference center offering materials brought together to help
enrich lives, deepen spiritual understanding and offer spiritual nourishment and growth to individuals and congregational
was established in 1998 but was originally conceived from the vision of Pastor James J. McCord in 1996. A committee met under
the guidance of Rev. Henry Green and member M. Patricia Jones to set objectives, identify tasks and establish additional committees
to carry out the tasks. An Action Plan for Implementation was established and the work was begun to fulfill the vision. Yvonne
Felton (now Rev. Felton), the head of the Christian Education Ministry was given the additional responsibility for the development
and oversight of the church library.
On August 22, 1998 the new library of First Baptist Church of Highland Park
was dedicated and officially opened for use by church members. The original committee members included M. Patricia Jones,
Joyce Alexander, Charlene Dates, Esther Harding, Robert Hill, Margaret Kemp, Wilhelmina Lashley, Anne Love, Linda Redmond,
Mary Evans, Anne Trice and Ruby Alexander. The previous Directors were M. Patricia Jones and Linda Redmond. Additional detailed
account of this history can be obtained by contacting Ruby Alexander, the current Library Director or Denise Dunn, Assistant
Director, through the church office.
Activities and Services:
The library is open for service to the congregation members every evening
except Sunday and Wednesday.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
Monday-Friday open to Christian Academy
How to borrow library materials:
To borrow library materials, use your church envelope number as your borrower ID. Patrons who are not yet
members of FBCHP may use materials inside the library only.
Collection of materials:
Bible dictionaries, Bible commentaries, Christian counseling materials, African American and other reference volumes, popular
and current Christian fiction books, children's and juvenile literature based on Christian and moral values, Videos/DVDS,
CD/CD-Roms, FBCHP publications, archival materials and much more make up the collection.
Thinking of buying a Bible
and need to select the right one? Examine the library's wide selection.
Current magazines available:
- Christianity Today
- Discipleship Journal
- In Touch Magazine
- Pockets (for children)
- Ranger Rick (for children)
- Today's Christian Women
- Your Big Backyard
- Ranger Rick (for children)
- and more
Current Media Materials:
a video/DVD or listen to an audiocassette or CD-ROM. Borrowers can checkout videos for a week or the cassettes for three weeks.
The library has six computers that can be used for word processing, viewing CD-ROMS/DVDs or for working offline on the Internet
(at the current time).
the library for researching homework questions. Our reference tools include: The Unabridged Merriam-Webster Dictionary
of the English Language,Henry Louis Gate's Encyclopedia Africana, World Book Encyclopedia, World Almanac, and others
15. Study to show thyself approved, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the
word of truth". (KJV)
9. Then you will understand
what is right, just and fair and you will know how to find the right course of action every time.
10. For wisdom will
enter your heart and knowledge will fill you with joy. (NIV)
leadership staff includes a director and an assistant director. Thanks to our 18 other dedicated volunteers the library is
able to serve our members and the Christian Academy. The library staff each work one evening or Saturday morning per month
according to the service hours listed above. The schedule of volunteers and their choice of evening or Saturday hours is posted
inside the library room.
Contact Ruby Alexander, Library Director at (301) 773-6655, the library's telephone extension is 236.