First Presbyterian Church Library

Welcome!

The First Presbyterian Church Library has hundreds of books, DVDs, and other resources to help you and your family grow in your Christian faith. We have materials for adults, for men and women, for children, for teens, and for Seniors. We have fiction books spanning every genre, theology books that delve into life’s deepest questions, books on prayer and discipleship, and many commentaries and other resources that will help you dig deeper into the Bible. We also have a collection of classic and contemporary videos and audio resources, including dramas and comedies as well as non-fiction documentaries. We have a small bookstore where you can buy new books recommended by Pastor Eric and books tied our current focus as a church. 
 

Location and Hours

We are located in Fellowship Hall, and we are open for use before and after the church services on Sundays. If you haven’t visited us yet, or if you haven’t visited us recently, drop by! We’ve been adding, pruning, and re-organizing our resources, and we’ve even started an online catalog.
 

How to Check Out a Book

Checking out a book or DVD is simple and quick! Just fill out the date, your name, and your phone or email on the library card attached to the book or DVD you want to check out. Then drop the card in the basket on the desk in the center of the library. Library materials can be checked out for 2 weeks at a time.

Online Resources

Check out our Resource
page for links to online books, Bible study helps, videos, and more.
 

Online Catalog     

Search our online catalog. Find all of our materials catalogued here.
 

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Questions?

 

Book Request?

Is there a resource you want us to add? Submit a request!
 

Library News and Updates

Reformation Sunday Resources

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This Sunday (October 30) is Reformation Sunday, which commemorates the day (Oct. 31) when Martin Luther nailed his 99 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Church, helping initiate the Protestant Reformation and its focus on the Bible’s message that we are saved by Christ’s death on the cross for us, not by our own good works. If you want to learn more about the Reformation, FPC’s Library in Fellowship Hall has a high-quality dramatic film on the life of Luther starring Joseph Fiennes and Academy Award-winner Peter Ustinov. We also have a biography of Luther, Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World by historian Paul Maier, formerly a professor at Western Michigan University. And for kids, we have Spy for the Night Riders, a work of historical fiction that can introduce your kids to what Luther did. Finally, if you want to explore some of the later impacts of the Reformation on society, you can learn about the life of British anti-slavery reformer William Wilberforce in the book William Wilberforce by Lon Fendall and the film Amazing Grace about Wilberforce’s efforts to end slavery in the British Empire.


Focus on Children’s Books in the FPC Library

 
by Katherine West
 
Recently we highlighted the new recommended prayer books that the library just acquired. If you haven’t stopped by yet, please come by and take a look. One section of our library that we haven’t focused on yet is the children’s section. We realize that many parents may not know how many resources are available for their children at the library. In our children’s area we have sections devoted to DVDs, Christian fiction, Bible stories, prayer, missions, and many others. In order to help parents find books for their children we’ve put together a list of some of our most popular books and DVDs in our children’s section.
 

DVDs/Audio CDs

Some of our most popular DVD series are the Veggie Tales and Hermie and Friends DVDs. We have quite a few other children’s DVDs as well. In addition to DVDs, we have several audio CDs for children. Two recommendations are the audio books of the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and At the Back of the North Wind by George Macdonald.
 

Fiction

We have many wonderful fictional stories, but the library has picked out some specific favorites. The Woof book series follow a dog named Woof and his family who have adventures that teach them about God. The Adam Raccoon book series illustrates Biblical parables and values in the form of stories about Adam the Raccoon. The Christopher Churchmouse series teaches various Christian values in stories about a mouse named Christopher Churchmouse and his family.
 

Non-Fiction

A popular series is the Sammy the Sheep Seek and Find series which follows Sammy the Sheep into to various Biblical and real-life situations where readers look for Sammy in the picture. This books series is similar to the Waldo books, some of which are also available in the library.
 
In our Bible stories section the library has several book series that tell individual Bible stories from the Old and New Testament. In addition, The Outstanding Men of the Bible series and the Outstanding Women of the Bible
are two book series about well-known men and women from the Bible. Some of the Biblical figures included are Moses, David, Hannah, and Mary.
 
Since one focus in our church this year is prayer, the children’s collection now has a dedicated section for books on prayer for children. These books explain what prayer is, how it works, and helps children learn to pray.
 
The library has many other wonderful children’s books and resources that we aren’t able to list here. Make sure to stop by so that you don’t miss any of the great books! The children’s section is located on the left side of the bookshelves that open into the library. If you need help finding anything please don’t hesitate to ask.      


By Request: New Library Items You Suggested!

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In addition to our multitude of new books about prayer, the FPC Library has several new books and DVDs requested recently by congregation members. They include:
 
  • Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization by Os Guinness
  • Living in Christ’s Presence: Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God by Dallas Willard
  • Twelfth Prophecy and Eleventh Guest (AD Chronicles) by Brock and Bodie Thoene
  • The War Room DVD
  • Miracles from Heaven DVD
 
If you have more suggestions or requests, you can email them to fpclibrary@fpctacoma.org. We can’t guarantee we will be able to fill them, but we will certainly consider them and see what we can do.


New Resources on Prayer in the FPC Library

 
One of our key focuses at FPC this year is PRAYER, and to provide more resources on the practice of prayer, we asked Pastor Eric, our elders, and our Prayer Coordinator to come up with suggestions of their favorite prayer resources. We now have most of the books they recommended in the church library, and the books will be part of the table display for the next several weeks. So stop by and check out one or more of the books below!
 

Prayer Books

  • Greg Pruett, Extreme Prayer
  • C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcom, Chiefly on Prayer
  • John White, Daring to Draw Near
  • Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer
  • Bill Hybels, Too Busy Not to Pray
  • Richard Foster, Devotional Classics
  • Richard Foster, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home
  • Timothy Keller, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
  • Matthew Henry, A Method for Prayer
  • Alvin VanderGriend, Love to Pray
  • Charles Spurgeon, The Power of Prayer in Believers
  • Brother Lawrence and Frank Laubach, Practicing His Presence
  • Dallas Willard, Hearing God
  • Rosalind Rinker, Prayer: Conversing with God
  • Hallesby, Prayer
  • Rosalind Goforth,How I Know God Answers Prayer
  • O. Fraser, The Prayer of Faith
  • E.M. Bounds,The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds