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!
First Baptist Church will be hosting the Virginia Church Library Association Conference Fall 2020.
The FBC Library has suggested reading during this Lenten Season. Check it out!
First Baptist Church Library Committee celebrates Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss's birthday by reading to the Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 classes at FBC Early Learning Center!
The Kesler Children’s Library & Francis Hewitt Tech Cove
Visit Our Library
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.