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The church library was moved to its current location in 1997. It is staffed by a very dedicated and able team of volunteers who also serve as librarians in the working world. The library possesses a variety of theological texts and biblical teaching aids. It also maintains up-to-date children’s books and Christian videos. Choir concerts are also recorded and may be checked out at any time. The library is a valuable resource to all Sunday School teachers.
THE RULE AFRICAN LIBRARY COLLECTION
The Rule African Library Collection has been moved from the library to the new Rule Parlor, located in the open area behind the chapel. Joe Surber built cabinets to house the collection, and Doy Barron helped to move the books and artifacts and arrange them in the new space.
There are books, donated by Bill and Effie Rule, and artifacts which they collected during their stay in Africa. Among the artifacts are Bill Rule’s Tshiluba Bible, a Tshiluba song book, and a palm fiber mat. The name woven into the mat is Ngangabuka Kabamba, which is Bill’s Tshiluba name. There is also a very attractive cowry shell chieftain’s bonnet and a string of beads. Beads and cowry shells were introduced by Arab slave traders in the 19th century to buy slaves and were used as currency for many years. A list of the items with explanations of each is located on a lower shelf.
In addition to the Rule’s items there is a water color by Dot House of the Bill and Effie Rule boat and two hippopotamus teeth loaned by Dr. Ed Coleman. Also included in the display is a hand-carved wooden camel from Mali, West Aftica. This was donated by missionaries, Lary and Sheryl Strietzel, in appreciation of the faithful support by First Presbyterian Church of the Mission Aviation Fellowship.
The Rule’s books are on the bottom shelves of the cabinet. Bill categorized the books into ten subject areas including biographical, historical, religious, and cultural. Labels for each category are on the shelves.
Take time to stop and look at this interesting display.