Bear Creek UMC Library

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Book Fair

Our next Book Fair will be November 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center gym!  This is a great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping for the avid readers in your life. It is also the final Fellowship Breakfast of the year, so please come by and browse our books.

We are currently accepting donations of new and used books, which can be dropped off in the church office or the library.

Thank you to all the businesses that donated prizes for our readers. Please support them. Click on images below for larger views.



Congratulations to Our 2015 Summer Readers!

What an exciting summer of welcoming 83 children to our church and the Rainforest 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.

Thirty-three of the younger “Toucan Readers” earned prizes, certificates and collectively read 2,710 books. The prizes winners for the most books read are:

Alice Crocker, 250 books
Emily Crocker, 250 books
William Crocker, 240 books
Noah Jones, 210 books
Kelly Lugo, 200 books
Adam Connell, 120 books
Sophie Connell, 120 books
Liam Enderby, 120 books
Sam Mowry, 120 books

Thirty-one of the first through sixth grade “Parrot Readers” earned prizes, certificates and read 576 hours. The prize winners for the most hours spent reading are:

Brandon Lugo, 60 hours
Ximena Diaz, 54 hours
Sophia Diaz, 54 hours
Jordan Rogers, 39 hours
McKenzie Rogers, 39 hours
Josiah Johnson, 30 hours
Timothy Johnson, 30 hours
Adriana Ibarra, 30 hours
Eloy Diaz, 30 hours
Diego Escobar, 30 hours

We would like to thank the following local businesses and individuals for their support: AAA of Texas – Copperfield, AD Players, Bear Creek Roller Rink, CarMike Cinemas, Casa Olé, Chick-fil-A, Chili’s, Chuck E. Cheese, CiCi’s Pizza, Copperfield Bowling Center, Dairy Queen at Yorktown, Dominos, Famous Footwear, Fazoli’s, Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, Fuddrucker’s, James Coney Island, Jason’s Deli, Little Beakers Science Lab for Kids, Main Event, McDonalds – Bear Creek, Marble Slab Creamery, Mardel, Menchie’s, Monkey joe’s, Peter Piper Pizza, Quillian Center, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Spring Creek Barbeque, 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 services.

A special word of appreciation to: Deana Avalos, Kathy Black, Gaylynn Brewer, Rose Carter, Vanina Diaz, Virginia Fleming, Becky French, Virginia Garner, Susan Lykins, Laura Mann, and Larry Tyree 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

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!

Bear Creek UMC LibraryPatrons 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

Bear Creek UMC LibraryIn 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.