McCabe Memorial Library


The Sue Martin McCabe Memorial Library, with its ancillary Kesler Room and Tech Cove, is a valuable educational resource for the church and the community at large. We are offering a wide variety of selections for every reader – from “Seminary-level” commentaries and dictionaries for the serious student of the Bible, to personal devotional seekers, as well as fiction lovers of all genre. 

Our library also contains a pretty comprehensive cook book collection. Our children’s library offers non-fiction and easy reader selections for children pre-kindergarten to age 12, access to the computer lab, or just a place to relax and read. The library is located just to the left of the front of the sanctuary through the double doors and up the steps. Please, come and visit us.

The library committee still meets at least twice a month to design displays, pull materials for Sunday school teachers, as well as process books and media. The regular meetings are the second and fourth Wednesday of each month [occasionally moved to third and fifth Wednesday.] Come and join us for fun and learning. We’ll be delighted to help you find just the right book, help you with your phone/tablet, or just give you a tour. We might even invite you to our “Dutch Treat” lunch!

McCabe Memorial Library History

Sue Martin McCabe Library has upward of 6,000 items and we are always weeding and adding to the collection.  We were fortunate in our beginnings that the wife of our first long-time minister was interested in reading and books. She began lending books from her husband’s church study. The library was named in her honor. Her husband was Reverend Dr. James P. McCabe who was at First Baptist for forty years! 

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Later, the library was moved to its own location and run by Lola T. Kesler. She was librarian for thirty years and paid librarian for twenty-five years (rare in those days). Although Mrs. Kesler was a trained religious education minister, she attended conferences at Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina. Over several years she took all their library courses. During her life, Mrs. Kesler assisted and created nineteen other congregational libraries in Martinsville and Henry Country. In her honor, when the library was enlarged, the children’s division was called the Kesler Young People’s Room. After a grant from the Hewitt family, in honor of their mother, a computer lab was added to the Kesler Room – the Frances D. Hewitt Tech Cove.

Today, a committee of volunteers runs the library with one trained librarian and a lot of former school teachers. We meet twice a month to continue the growth and mission of the library. The library committee members design display cases, pull materials for Sunday school teachers as well as process books and media. The library maintains a well-organized children’s library to accommodate the needs of the Early Learning Center. During the year we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, (March 2), Children’s Book Week (in May) and hold an annual Christmas bake sale, which is open to all comers.

The Sue Martin McCabe Memorial Library has become a valuable educational resource for the church and for the community at large, offering a wide variety of selections for every reader – from the serious student of the Bible, personal devotions, biblical history to great cooking, and fiction lovers of all genres.  Our library contains everything from best sellers and popular magazines, dictionaries of geography and biography to “Seminary-level” commentaries and dictionaries.  The separate Kesler Young People’s Room offers up-to-date selections for children of all ages, computer access, as well as a relaxing place to read.

The Kesler Children’s Library & Francis Hewitt Tech Cove

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In the early Spring of 2011, the Sue Martin McCabe Library had the grand opening of the Francis Hewitt Tech Cove, situated in the Kesler Young People’s Room. As the recipients of a memorial gift from the Hewitt family “to bring the children’s library into the 21st Century,” the library committee set about rearranging and updating all aspects of the Kesler Room. By moving the junior fiction into the McCabe library and creating four new storage closets, enough room was generated to set up four computers with access for preschoolers educational games, a DVD player for groups stories, an iPad and Nook® Color are also available.

More Fun at the Tech Cove

The Sue Martin McCabe Library is composed of three units – the main/adult library, the Kesler Young People’s Room, and the Hewitt Tech Cove within the Kesler room. The Hewitt family grant was given “to bring the children’s library into the 21st Century.” After rearranging a few things, computer lessons were held in the Hewitt Tech Cove once a week for six weeks each Fall and Spring. Since then the lessons have been incorporated into Early Learning Center curriculum with the four-year-olds coming to the Tech Cove for classes on the six computers. The children learn the parts of a computer, control of the mouse, and have some basic keyboard work. The computers are loaded with programs especially designed for pre-school children. These games are such fun that even older children and adults enjoy them in addition to being educational! The library staff offers other fun in Kesler with celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday in March and Children’s Book Week in May. In 2019 each child was given a Little Golden Book as part of Book Week.

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