Motherhouse Library gets a (much-needed) facelift

December 20, 2016 by

The updated third-floor Motherhouse library has more open space for easier access to the bookshelves, plus comfortable seating for readers.

In most homes, updating the library probably means cleaning the shelves and sorting out a handful of unread books.

But in the Motherhouse, a library update is a bigger project. Much bigger.

Yet Sisters Marcia Allen and Jean Ann Walton tackled it earlier this fall, and this morning unveiled the first completed step: An update of the Sisters’ third-floor library to make it more comfortable and reader-friendly. The two women also sorted through several thousand books to get rid of those that were obsolete or just plain unread.

“We want Sisters to use the library, and to find the books they’re looking for,” Sister Marcia explained at a library open house began this morning. One step was rearranging furniture and shelves to open up the room and add light. The next major step was doing away with the Dewey decimal system for filing books, and refiling everyone alphabetically by author. Then they created a card file that lists books by both title and author. A later step will be to computerize that card file so Sisters can look up books digitally.

The two Sisters also gathered some books into “collections” — such as the works of Willa Cather, and histories of religious life. But the majority of the library’s offering are books on theology and religion.

One addition that was a hit at this morning’s open house was a Keurig coffee maker that will remain in the library — and that kept the two Sisters busy this morning.

And they aren’t done yet. There are two other “library areas” in the Motherhouse in need of updating. “And we’ll get to those,” Sister Jean Ann said as she served coffee to sisters visiting the updated library during the open house. “But not today.”


3 Responses to “Motherhouse Library gets a (much-needed) facelift”

  1. Jane DeLisle on February 20th, 2017 2:18 pm

    Hello. Nice library. I want to purchase Marcia Allen,CSJ’s more recent booklet on the Maxims. This one is cram colored. I have the old pink version.
    Once I know the cost I will confirm my order for 30 copies.
    We are presenting an Introduction to the Maxims for our women In formation in Orange and Los Angeles.
    Thanks. Sister Jane DeLisle

  2. Sherryl Whte, csj on January 15th, 2017 10:36 am

    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” So says Cicero, and so say I. Congrats to a congregation with no shortage of soul, heart, and hospitality! Cheers to all!

  3. Dottie Moss on January 13th, 2017 5:41 pm


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