The American Library Association (ALA) has marked this week as National Library Week and we plan to join in the celebration! I have some special ideas planned to showcase the PR Seminary library and the Letis collection on which I have been working. Earlier this year I joined the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL), and they have a fine tradition of commemorating this week as well. I will give you the note that was sent out to the members last week:
Dear ACL Members:
No doubt you are already aware of the fact that April 9-13 is National Library Week here in the United States. In the past, we in the Association of Christian Librarians have used this week of library emphasis as our special call to prayer for our libraries and library-focused issues, particularly within our Association.
In keeping with that ACL tradition, each day throughout this coming week, beginning on Monday, April 9, I will issue a call to prayer for a certain aspect of our Association. In addition, each day’s prayer points will be listed on the ACL Web site.
I invite you to join me for this concerted effort to pray together for the challenges we face as librarians and as ACL members. Although what I will mention in my daily messages will be somewhat limited, I invite you to pray each day for other related requests that you know of personally, or have a special interest in.
Perhaps we do not think of libraries and librarians as needing prayer, but I can assure you that you ought not think this way in the least! As Christian, we are called to lay ALL our needs before the Lord in prayer, and that surely includes this need as well. As one of those who serves the Lord and His kingdom in this way, we do need your prayers for this cause and for our labors too, because of the unique challenges and the need for wisdom in dealing with these challenges, and because of our own sins and weaknesses in serving. So, as we join together in celebrating National Library Week this week, remember to pray for your Seminary library and librarian (and for other such Christian libraries throughout the country and world), that we would fulfill our calling to serve the Lord and His church through our unique role and the resources we provide.