The Living Library at Trinity Lutheran Church

For the Word of God is living and active. Hebrews 4:12

To fulfill its mission of "providing a living and active ministry that spreads the Word of God to all of God's children," the Living Library works cooperatively with ministries of all ages. It strives to provide materials and programs that encourage the study of God's Word and the growth of each person's relationship with God.

Because God is at its focal point, the Living Library is a special place.
It is a place to grow as a Christian, a place to find peace and compassion,
and a place to be in God's presence.

The Living Library is open daily, whenever the church is open. Hours include weekdays Mon-Sat, weeknights Mon-Th, and Sunday mornings. Volunteers are available to provide assistance on Sunday mornings and on late Wednesday afternoons.

Located at Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 N. 4th Street, in Stillwater, MN, the Living Library can be found in Room 114, on the lower level of the church, just inside the 3rd Street (north) entrance. The Living Library is handicapped accessible.

Checkout Policies

Books - 3 weeks
Videos - 1 week
Music - 1 week

Bible study materials may be checked out for the duration of the program.

Resources - (Search online for a book in the Living Library)

Resources at the Living Library  are not limited to only members of Trinity Lutheran Church; the entire community is invited to explore the library.

The Living Library is filled with resources to bring people closer to God during many facets of life, whether they be birth or death, health or illness, relationships, workplace situations, personal enrichment, or leisure and enjoyment.

Children's Section
A vast selection of picture and chapter books, both Christian and secular, helps kids see God in every part of their lives. Videos and music specifically for children, all positive in nature, are available for checkout.

Young Adults
A non-fiction section deals with issues that affect teens today, such as succeeding in school, forming healthy relationships, handling peer pressure, and overcoming the challenges of living life as both a teenager and a Christian. An expanding collection of contemporary Christian music with the sounds of today gives teens positive choices in music. A fiction section, along with several teen magazines, focuses on positive, healthy behaviors.

The non-fiction section contains a variety of topics, such as Christian living, self-improvement, marriage, parenting, family life, autobiographies, and women's issues. The fiction section, both Christian and secular, grows constantly and includes topics from romance, mystery and intrigue. A small, yet medically credible, selection of books about health provides a helpful starting point to someone facing a health concern. A section on grief also encompasses a variety of reading materials providing support for coping with the loss of a loved one. Theology references, including Biblical concordances, and Bible study materials are available for individual or small group use. Books on tape and large print materials, from fiction and non-fiction sources, are also available for those with special needs or for those who simply enjoy listening to great literature.
A variety of magazines and local newspapers are on-hand for pleasure reading.

CD recordings encompassing soft rock, contemporary rock, vocal, instrumental, seasonal, and traditional Christian music appeal to all listening styles. Family-friendly videos, including entertainment and informational selections, are available for family enjoyment.

Making a Donation to the Living Library
To help the Living Library continue to grow, the library welcomes monetary gifts, and gifts of new materials, often made in honor of a loved one or special occasion.

If you are interested in purchasing new materials for the library, and would like assistance with your selection, please contact the Church Office. To avoid duplication, we suggest you check the shelf list located at the checkout table in the library.

Donations of gently used Christian or secular books, positive in nature are gladly accepted. Materials should be in new or like new condition, and published within the last 10 years, unless they are considered "classics." Donated materials that cannot be used will be passed along to another library or will be sold to a used book store with proceeds going to the Living Library for the purchase of more new materials.

Donations towards new furnishings or equipment for the library are also very much appreciated. Please contact the Church Office if you are interested in making a contribution of this nature or if you have questions about making any type of donation to support the Living Library.

Volunteer Opportunities
The Living Library operates with the help of an all-volunteer support staff. If you have ever thought it would be fun to help out in the library, read on to find out how you can get involved in this growing and exciting ministry!

Areas where your help is needed:

Hospitality - Assisting patrons on Sundays or Wednesdays, or during special events

Circulation - Filing checkout cards, shelving returned materials

Processing - Preparing new items, repairing damaged materials

Computer - Entry and label printing, searching the Internet

The time commitment for these opportunities varies from one hour a week to two mornings, afternoons, or evenings a month. Detailed "volunteer job descriptions" can be found in the Library or church office.

Other ways you can help:
Write book reviews
Create book displays
Decorate bulletin boards
Create and be the editor of a library newsletter
Assist with a "library mailbox" (writing thank you notes, answering comment cards)
Assist with maintaining an Online Library of Christian Websites
Help plan a satellite library in the new Youth Center

No experience is necessary, only an interest in fun and spreading the Good News

For questions about the Living Library, please email us at

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