Comedy involves more than just laughter. It is often a way to instruct and transform by approaching issues like love, sex, race, politics, and society in a non-threatening way. We will talk about how comedy slips past our defenses to challenge, enlighten, and inspire us in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Alexie Shermen’s, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Anita Loos’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and selections from Mark Twain’s, Roughing It and Innocents Abroad. All are invited.
WHAT IS LITERARY NIGHT?
This is a once-a-year, uniquely-themed and inspiring presentation of classic literature, presented by two people who love to read — Scott & Christina Dudley. This year marks our 16th annual Literary Night, which began in 2003 when Library team members learned that Pastor Scott and Christina Dudley loved literature, and had received their Doctorate and Master Degrees in that field of study. They have taught writing and literature courses at Stanford University. Christina is a published author, and they are both articulate Christians. This annual presentation has been a favorite event for hundreds who enjoy this dynamic duo!
WHY DO SCOTT & CHRISTINA ENJOY LITERARY NIGHT?
As lovers of words and the Word, the Dudleys make it a mission in life to infect others with a love for books. They’ve dragged their children to Shakespeare festivals, tricked them into book discussions, and bribed one to read with promises of dim sum. After sitting through three versions of Hamlet (two on video and one live), their middle child was disappointed that no one at school had any reaction when he used his favorite quote in general conversation: “I die, Horatio.” (That same child stuck a dagger in his mother’s heart when she asked what he was reading in school, and he said, “Nothing. Reading is not how you get smart anymore.”)
All of which is to say, Scott and Christina soldier on in their possibly-losing battle, and they’re thrilled people continue to show up for Literary Night.
The Dudleys hope you’ll join them again this year and, if you can find one, bring along a friend who still believes that Reading is how you get smart.
WHY WILL YOU LIKE LITERARY NIGHT?
Literary Night topic is timely, insightful, intriguing, scholarly, and uplifting. The Dudley’s interpretations use secular, worldly literature, as well as movie clips, to shed light on the human needs common to us all, and refreshingly point to spiritual themes and truths. This enjoyable evening leaves many attendees desiring more – more discussion, more time to hang out together, and a renewed desire to read books with new insight of seeing the presence – or perhaps absence – of our Creator God throughout the pages of literature.
Following their presentation, enjoy a time to engage in lively discussion with other attendees, peruse new Library resources on display, and enjoy a treat of a donut while sipping cider.
Sponsored by the BelPres Library Ministries team.
A DVD OF THIS YEAR’S PRESENTATION WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR CHECKOUT IN THE LIBRARY IN DECEMBER. Previous years’ presentations are available for checkout in the Welcome Room Library. Licensing regulations do not permit the use of the video clips used at Literary Night on the DVDs.
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Men’s Good Book Group
Meets: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 am, Welcome Room S-137
Contact: John Meisel email@example.com
Women’s Book Club
Meets: Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 pm, Welcome Room S-137
Contact: Linda Grundberg firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR DESIRE TO DONATE TO OUR LIBRARY COLLECTION!
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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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
First Floor 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
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.
These include Sermon series and featured topics. If you are unable to find a book on the shelf, please check the special displays.
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.
425-454-3082 ext. 3399
The Library is staffed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00-3:00 and on Sundays, 10:00-12:30.
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
Welcome Library patrons to the Welcome Room or Upper Rotunda, assist with questions and needs, and check-out.
Write book reviews to inform potential readers of purpose and contents and encourage use of Library resources.
Assist with Library webpage, update information, displays, send overdue notices and increase awareness of Library resources and ministries.
Read Christian stories and provide related crafts for toddlers and preschooler ages 2-5.
Wednesday Oct – June 10-11 am