Bear Creek UMC Library
Mission statement: To maintain the library and its contents and to promote its use as a resource for church members and staff to help them grow spiritually and personally.
You can come into the library and browse the shelves which are organized using the Dewey Decimal System. You can also use our online catalog to search by subject, author, title or keyword. Just use this link: click here!
Patrons must have a BCUMC Library Registration card on file in order to check out books. Cards are available in the library.
The library is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday (except when the church office is closed) and Sunday morning. A self-checkout system is used with cards in the back of each book.
The Bear Creek UMC Library is donor-driven and relies on support from the church members. Books are often donated in memory or honor of someone special.
The library houses approximately 7,400 books and other media, including a large religion section, Christian fiction and children and juvenile books. More than 1,480 of these items were checked out in 2011. Inventory also includes a section of books purchased by the United Methodist Women for the UMW Reading Program.
In summer, the library sponsors two reading programs: one for toddlers through kindergarteners and another for first through sixth grade. Younger children enjoy a weekly story time. Reading incentive prizes are awarded to all ages. In 2011, 58 children participated in these programs.
The library thrives with its generous patrons, who donate to and use its services, as well as an enthusiastic volunteer committee, that works hard to fulfill its mission and looks for additional ways to serve the church. Volunteer opportunities are Thursdays and the second Saturday morning of each month.
History of BCUMC Library
In 1988 – eleven years after Bear Creek United Methodist Church opened its doors – member Val Reissig and other volunteers decided the church needed a library. Bookcases were added in the former choir room, books were donated, and a library was launched. During her term as librarian, Val added permanent bookshelves and two corner display cases.
Originally the library used a church classification system to organize items by subject with letter designations. By 1991, the number of books had grown to approximately 2,400. Janice Wood and Henry Van Dyke also became involved in setting up the library.
Thanks to Henry, the library became active in the Church and Synagogue Library Association – Houston Area Chapter. Henry was not only the librarian after Val moved, but also a presenter at CSLA–HAC meetings.
Following Henry’s death, Barbara Cochran became librarian. Barbara was able to procure more bookshelves and an office armoire for a workstation, which allowed continued growth. Barbara conducted the initial research and, at the time she left, recommended a conversion to the Dewey Decimal System.
Amber Woodman became the church librarian in 2003. She and her committee spent the first year converting to the Dewey Decimal System and creating a basic computerized inventory. Since that time, the library has gained more bookshelves and its catalogue has been moved into Concourse, a commercially available library software system.
Congratulations to Our 2016 Summer Readers!
What an exciting summer of welcoming 55 children to our church and Read Your Way Across Texas reading programs. We had guest readers and a pizza party provided by Peter Piper Pizza. Each week in the months of June and July the Bear Creek UMC Library welcomed children from our church and community for stories, songs, activities, and a chance to earn awards for reading.
Twenty-two of the younger Armadillo Readers earned prizes, certificates and read 2,630 books. The prizes winners for most books read are:
• Liam Enderby – 200 books
• Sloane Enderby – 200 books
• Finley Jones – 200 books
• Noah Jones – 200 books
• Naiya Prendergast – 200 books
• Noah Prendergast – 200 books
• Selah George – 160 books
• Kate George – 160 books
Eighteen of the first through sixth grade Longhorn Readers earned prizes, certificates and read 545 hours. The prize winners for most hours spent reading are:
• Sophia Diaz – 93 hours
• Ximena Diaz – 93 hours
• McKenzie Rogers – 48 hours
• Jordan Rogers – 45 hours
• Adriana Ibarra – 39 hours
• Camila Diaz – 39 hours
• Eloy Diaz – 39 hours
• Diego Escobar – 39 hours
We would like to thank the following local businesses and individuals for their support:
AAA of Texas –Katy, AD Players, Carl’s Jr., Casa Olé, Chick-fil-A – Yorktown, Chili’s, CiCi’s Pizza, Copperfield Bowling Center, Dairy Queen at Yorktown, El Pollo Loco, Famous Footwear, Fazoli’s, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Fuddrucker’s, James Coney Island, Jason’s Deli, Little Beakers Science Lab for Kids, Little Caesars, Main Event, Mardels, McDonalds – Bear Creek, Menchie’s, Peter Piper Pizza, Quillian Center, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Spring Creek Barbeque, State of Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Oil Ranch, Texas Roadhouse, The Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Little Gym of Houston – Copperfield, Whataburger, Willie’s Ice House and Grille and various BCUMC Adult Sunday School classes and individuals.
Please thank the businesses by your continued support of their products and services.
A special word of appreciation to: Deana Avalos, Kathy Black, Gaylynn Brewer, Rose Carter, Susan Lykins, James Sharp, Elizabeth Vargas, Alex Vargas, Sarah Vargas, Lea Bynum and the BCUMC Youth who helped each week with the program.
Thank you everyone for your enthusiastic participation and we will see you next summer! Keep reading – remember the library is open year round.
Amber Woodman, Librarian
Thank you to our 2016 Reading Program sponsors!
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