“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations."
― Henry David Thoreau in Walden

Book of the Month: A Given Life

Book of the Month: A Given Life

A Given Life: The Encouragement of Grace
by Jean McAllister
921 MCA

Pivoting upon her ten-year stay as a missionary in Rwanda, in this memoir Jean McAllister reflects deeply on her experiences of redemption and transformation.  A Given Life is intensely personal, incorporating the author’s insights about cross-cultural Christian service and how God brought inner healing while strengthening and stretching her faith.  With the stated purpose of encouraging readers, the author shares hard-won wisdom gained over eighty years, emphasizing God’s role in rescuing her and giving her a new life, “a given life.”

Jean McAllister first heard God speak to her about being a missionary in Rwanda during her first Impact Team trip in 2004.  Jean heard God say to her “You could live here.”  So Jean consulted with friends, family and pastors here at the church.  She devoted herself to prayer and to Scripture.  Through this process, Jean experienced God’s leading to move to Rwanda where she has faithfully served Jesus for  ten years.  Jean speaks fluent Kinyarwanda and is often invited to speak or preach in her community.  Jean developed a local network of ministries to prostitutes and street children, has mentored young Rwandans and been an advocate for the poor and for women.

Presently Jean is serving as a missionary here in our community as part of the New Hope Revival congregation worshiping here at BelPres.

Books by GLS speakers located in the BelPres Library

General Information

First Floor Welcome Room

Welcome Room

Conveniently located near the main entrance to the church just off the Lobby in the Welcome Room.  (Catalog #100-#241)

References & Theology Apologetics & Ethics Bibles Old & New Testament Studies Small Group Resources Psychology Fiction Worship CDs, DVDs & Audio Books Magazines Devotional Booklets (Our Daily Bread & Encounters with God)

Third Floor Upper Rotunda

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Conveniently located next to the Sanctuary Balcony seating area and Child Care Center, just take the main staircase or elevator to the third floor.  (Catalog #242 and above)

Children’s Books & DVDs Christian Living Christian Parenting Evangelism & Missions General Interest Science & Christianity Presbyterian & Church History Biographies


6:30 am – 10:30 pm

The library is open and available for use whenever the Church is open. The Library is staffed Sunday mornings as well as Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Checkout Policy

Both Locations

Special Displays

These include Sermon series and featured topics.  If you are unable to find a book on the shelf, please check the special displays.

Literary Night

Friday, November 3, 2017

2017 Literary Night – THAT WAS THEN/ THIS IS NOW: “Historical Fiction and the Persistence of Culture”

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Fiction that is set in a bygone historical era usually says more about the contemporary culture of the author than of the characters in the story.  Using these three books, we will explore issues like marriage, generational conflict, race, and politics.  Sometimes these are better understood by examining them in the past – as a means to better understand our present circumstances.

Presented by Senior Pastor Scott Dudley & Christina Dudley, author
They will examine these themes through this year’s literary titles.

Kid’s Corner

BelPres Preschool Story Time

Christian stories, songs, and crafts 2nd Wednesday of each month October-June

10:30-11:15am 3rd Floor Upper Rotunda Library

A special program for toddlers and preschool children accompanied by an adult.

Top 20 Resources for Kids

Top 20 Resources for Kids

  1. Princess Petunia and the Good Knight    JE POT
  2. Sheerluck Holmes and the Case of the Missing Friend    JE POT
  3. I Wish I Had…   JP ZOB
  4. Berenstain Bears: Faith Gets us Through    JE BER
  5. Backyard Bandit Mystery / Cul-de-Sac Kids #15    JE LEW
  6. The Beginner’s Bible – Jesus Feeds the People    JE 232.9 JES
  7. Facing the Blazing Furnace – Adventure Bible    JE ADV MIL
  8. The Lost Son    JE 226.8 PUL
  9. Queen Esther Helps God’s People    JE 222.9 PUL
  10. My Easter Basket: The true story of Easter    JHE 263 SIM
  11. Voyage of the Vikings – Imagination Station #1    JF HER
  12. My Valentine Story: giving my heart to God    JHV BOW
  13. He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands    JE IDL
  14. Five-minute Devotions for Children: Celebrating God’s world as a family    J 242.6 KEN
  15. Daniel and the Lions    JE 224 DAN
  16. God Smiles When…    JB HUD
  17. Angels Watching Over us   JB MOO
  18. The Creatures of Narnia    JE LEW
  19. Care for our World    JP ROB
  20. Bear Obeys    JP SIM

Literacy Tips for Kids

Literacy Tips for Kids

Literacy Tips for Kids
Courtesy of Pamela Kennedy, childrens’ author

  1.  Read aloud to your child every day
    – Cuddle
    – Let your child see, touch, and even taste the book
    – Play with voices and sounds of the words
  2. Create a print-rich home environment
    – Encourage a variety of reading materials
    – Have a reading area and a family reading time
  3. Model reading and writing
    – Talk about how reading inspired you or taught you something
    – Let children see you reading for pleasure
  4. Use grocery shopping to encourage literacy
    – Have children help you search for specific brands
    – Use aisle markers with your child to find items
    – Match coupons to product
  5. Cook with your child to develop literacy
    – Show your child how to read a recipe
    – Read labels and ingredient lists
    – Create a family cookbook of favorite recipes
  6. Explore books together
    – Point out important features about the book
    – Ask your child questions and seek his/her opinion about what is read
    – Discuss new vocabulary
  7. Tell stories together
    – Talk about your family history with relatives
    – Record a story about an event in your child’s life – moving, vacations, etc.
    – Make a photo book with your child
  8. Sing, rhyme, and memorize with your child
    – Read poetry and books with wordplay
    – Play rhyming games
    – Memorize facts, lists, Bible verses, etc.
  9. Write with your child
    – Provide writing supplies within child’s reach
    – Type the words to a story your child dictates & let him/her illustrate it
    – Thank you notes
  10. Visit the library often
    – Meet the librarian
    – Attend story times


Summer Reading Adventure 2016 Kids’ Submissions

Library Team

Library Team


The Library is run almost completely by volunteer staff. You’ll see our Library Team in action on Sunday mornings from 10 am – 12 noon. If you are interested in helping out, please contact GetConnected, email the Library coordinator, or leave a message on the Library voice mail at (425) 454-3082, ext. 3399. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Research and resource support
  • Website management
  • Social media
  • Library host/hostess
  • Process new materials
  • Repair materials
  • Book, movie, and audio reviews
  • Story Time
  • Assist with publicity

Library Volunteer Opportunities

Contact: GetConnected
Frequency: Once a month

Create theme-based, creative, appealing displays of Library resources that will encourage our faith community and Eastside neighbors to utilize resources.

Volunteer Registration

  • Please indicate the areas in which you have interest in serving.
Contact: GetConnected

Read Christian stories and provide related crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers, ages 2-5.  October – June, 2nd Wednesdays, from 10:00 – 11:00 A.M.

Volunteer Registration

  • Please indicate the areas in which you have interest in serving.
Contact: GetConnected
Frequency: Once a month

Encourage patrons to return overdue resources in a timely manner so that they may be made available to others.

Volunteer Registration

  • Please indicate the areas in which you have interest in serving.
Contact: GetConnected
Department: Library
Frequency: Once a month

Be available for 30 minutes following one of the Sunday morning worship services to help welcome Library patrons to the Welcome Room or Upper Rotunda location, assist with their resource questions and needs, and encourage proper use of check-out procedures.

Volunteer Registration

  • Please indicate the areas in which you have interest in serving.
Contact: GetConnected
Department: Library
Frequency: Once a month

Write book reviews that will inform a potential reader of the purpose and contents of a book and encourage use of Library resources.  The candidate should enjoy reading and writing and have excellent fluency in both, have a working knowledge of MS Word and an email program, and have good communication skills.

Volunteer Registration

  • Please indicate the areas in which you have interest in serving.
Contact: GetConnected
Frequency: Twice a month or as needed

Assist with maintenance of the Library webpages in order to provide updated information and increase awareness of Library resources and ministries.

Volunteer Registration

  • Please indicate the areas in which you have interest in serving.

Kandis Losh

Library Ministries Coordinator

Contact Us

425-454-3082  ext. 3399

The Library is staffed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00-3:00 and on Sundays, 10:00-12:30.


Click below to discover resources to guide you in your Christian journey, inform your faith, and draw you deeper into relationship with Jesus.

Book Groups

Men’s Good Book Group
Meets: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 am, Welcome Room S-137
Contact: John Meisel
2016 Readings:

Women’s Book Club
Meets: Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 pm, Welcome Room S-137
Contact: Linda Grundberg
2016 Readings:
We meet at lunchtime, so bring a sack lunch if desired.  We alternate between novels and
     non-fiction and discuss all books from our Christian point of view.

Widow’s Fellowship Book Group
Meets: 2nd Thursday, 1:00-3:00 pm, S-224
Contact: Elaine Hendrickson
2016 Readings:
Our group is a part of the Widows Fellowship group at FPCB.  We meet once a month but not in the summer. We tend to read fiction, both current and classic, as well as books with religious themes, history and biographies. We try to look for God or the lack of God in all we read.  Although we are part of the widow’s group, anyone who is interested is welcome to join us.

Recommend a Book

Library Materials Request

The Library would like to know which resources users would like to see added to our collections. These requests will be used to inform the purchase of new Library materials as funds are available. Please do not donate materials without notifying the Library ministry coordinator or Library team member first.



The Library is able to accept direct financial donations once a year during our annual Literary Night’s freewill offering.

Purchase of In-Kind Book Donations

  • Any donation of purchased books may be made “in honor of”  or  “in memory of”  and will have a bookplate included indicating such a gift.
  • Purchases are encouraged through our local Christian bookstores: Harvest Logos in Seattle; Cokesbury or Family Christian in Kirkland; and Lifeway in Tukwila.

I Own Books I Want to Donate

If your item(s) meets the collection development criteria below, the Library Coordinator will consider adding the item(s) to our collection.

  • Timeliness– published within the last 5 years, and not duplicating a resource currently in our collection
  • Scope– the breadth of subject matter covered
  • Relevance– to BelPres academic programs and Christian growth and development (general books that can be found in a public library are usually not part of our collection.)
  • Appropriateness of content and format, and within evangelical reformed theology
  • Literary or scholarly quality
  • Physical condition– no underlining, highlighting, notes, yellowed or torn pages

Please do not leave any donations without first receiving permission from the Library Coordinator or designated library volunteer. All donations left that do not meet the above criteria will be put on the “Free Books” cart. Accepted donations become the property of BelPres and the Library reserves the right to dispose of unnecessary materials in any way it sees fit.

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Donation Receipt

Receipt First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue 1717 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004 Date donation received: ____________________ Donated by:_______________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________ Title of book(s):_____________________________________________ Date of receipt of donation____________________________________ Location of receipt of donation: Bellevue Presbyterian Church Authority to receive: Kandis Losh, Library Coordinator