Beacon Street Diary

October 24, 2008

What's Green and Read All Over?
The Great American Book Drive.

Ever wondered what to do with all those books collecting dust on your shelves, piling up in your closet, or hiding under your bed? On Saturday, November 8th, put them to work for the Prison Book Program and City Mission Society by participating in the launch of The Great American Book Drive. Choose to support reuse, help open doors for prisoners, and promote social justice by donating your gently used books.

Saturday, November 8th
10 am - 3 pm
Brighton-Allston Congregational Church
404 Washington Street
Brighton, MA

Better World Books will sell them to people all over the world who will cherish them...and the Prison Book Program and the City Mission Society will benefit with every sale. It's about literacy, not landfill.

For complete information visit


Help the Prison Book Program and City Mission Society by forwarding this email near and far...

October 22, 2008

Welcome to Susan Thomas, our new administrative assistant. Today's her first day and I think we can promise her that she will not be idle. Her work behind the scenes is critical to keep us running smoothly, so we are grateful to have her part of our small group.

October 1, 2008

The Administrative Assistant works under the direction and in collaboration with the Executive Director and Librarian of the American Congregational Association with responsibilities for general office and library administration.



  • Performs all secretarial and administrative functions (filing, correspondence, event, meeting and travel arrangements, etc.) to assist Executive Director
  • Manages fundraising database and e-newsletter
  • Prepares bank deposits of donations
  • Charts registrations for all classes and library events
  • Maintains all mailing lists
  • Writes thank you letters for donations
  • Creates and circulates quarterly meeting minutes and reports for Board of Directors
  • Carries out related duties as required (bulk mailings)
  • Processes and tracks requests for travel grants
  • Provides Archivist with necessary records for ACA archive
  • Maintains general library record keeping and correspondence
  • Assists Executive Director and/ or Librarian with special projects as assigned
  • Provides general office assistance to Associate Librarian and Archivist as needed



  • Two or four year degree or equivalent work experience
  • One-three years experience working in a church, religious organization, or nonprofit setting
  • Excellent technical skills required, including: Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Access), bookkeeping, and online donation/fundraising systems
  • Background and/or education in Congregationalism desirable
  • Advanced organizational and analytical skills, and attention to detail
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as team member


Please apply by October 17, 2008. To apply please mail or email cover letter and resume to:

Claudette Newhall, Associate Librarian,
Congregational Library,
14 Beacon St., 2nd Floor,
Boston, MA 02108

September 26, 2008

Congregational Church History -- October 14, 21, 28 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Executive Director, Peggy Bendroth, teaches a course on the history of the Congregational denomination. Reservations required. Each class covers a specific period in the history of Congregationalism. Take one class ($25.00) or all three ($75.00). Scholarships available. Contact Peggy at or 617-523-0470.


Cultivating a Church Library -- October 18 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Librarian, Claudette Newhall, leads a class in creating, managing, and promoting your church library/resource center. Topics covered are starting a library, managing and organizing an existing or new library, promoting the library, and obtaining necessary resources. A bibliography will be provided. The cost of the class is $10.00. Contact Claudette at or 617-523-0470.


Walking Tour of Congregational Boston -- By request and reservation only -- $10.00

Executive Director, Peggy Bendroth, guides participants to the city's famous Congregational landmarks, from Old South Church to Park Street Church. Contact Peggy at or 617-523-0470.


Library Tour - In October by request and reservation only -- Free

Librarian, Claudette Newhall, leads a tour on the history of the library. Contact Claudette at or 617-523-0470.


More events coming in November and December.

September 25, 2008

We've received some new books you may be interested in borrowing.

Dry Bones and Indian Sermons: Praying Indians in Colonial America by Kristina Bross
More information in the Amazon review

The Healer's Calling: Women and Medicine in Early New England by Rebecca J. Tannenbaum
More information in the Amazon review

Artillery of Heaven: American Missionaries and the Failed Conversion of the Middle East by Ussama Makdisi
More information in the Amazon review

September 10, 2008

Jessica will be offering her "Archives 2.0" class again this fall at the Simmons main campus. There's a dizzying number of new technologies that are out there that weren't there five years ago. They can be overwhelming when experimenting with them on your own. This will be an overview of (but not necessarily limited to) wikis, alternatives to social networking, Google documents, RSS feeds.

Contact Kris Liberman at Simmons Continuing Ed. to sign up. Deadline September 29th.

September 8, 2008

Peggy Bendroth's A School of the Church: Andover Newton across Two Centuries, will be celebrated with a book release party on September 18 from 5-7pm here in the reading room. There will be copies of the book available for sale and we will serve light refreshments.

Please RSVP with Claudette Newhall by September 15.

A reminder that Jessica will be offering her Records Management class in Exeter, NH on September 22nd from 6-8pm. Cost: $15, deadline for registering is September 15.

For those who have already attended the Records Management class (previously known as Research 101), there is a luncheon in Lexington on September 18 from 11:30-1:30. Cost: $15, deadline for registering is September 15.

A recently developed class, New Technologies in a Church Setting will be offered on September 24 here at the library from 9:30-2:30.This class is designed to be an introduction to some useful and inexpensive (or free) tools that can help a church communicate more efficiently and reach new people. Find out what the hub-bub is about wikis, blogs, Google documents, and more.   Lunch will be provided and there will be some time to explore the new material online. Cost: $20, deadline for registration September 19.

Contact Jessica Steytler to resister for these events.

For a complete description of these events and more, please visit our website.

September 5, 2008

We have added the Tenney Estate Toy Book Collection to our online catalog. Some of the titles included in this collection of toy books are "Advice to Sabbath School Children", "The Good Boy", "The Good Girl", and "The History of Goody Two Shoes: embellished with neat engravings". This collection was presented to the Library in 1947 by Ralph F., Harry W. and Charles A. Tenney. Many woodcuts are included in these small books of juvenile literature.  GoodgirlWoodcut from the wrapper of "The Good Girl":


August 25, 2008

Please join our Executive Director, Peggy Bendroth, on September 18 at 5 p.m. in celebrating her latest publication, A School of the Church: Andover Newton Across Two Centuries, a 200th anniversary history of Andover Newton Theological Seminary.

Books will be available for the signing. Refreshments served.

Please RSVP to Claudette Newhall or 617-523-0740 x 1.

August 22, 2008

Park Street Church spirePeggy Bendroth, author, historian, and Executive Director of the Library, is now offering her popular historic walking tour by request and reservation only. The cost is $10 for an approximately 90 minute tour. Peggy guides participants to the city's famous landmarks, from Old South Church to Park Street Church.

She will offer these tours through mid-October. Peggy's focus is on the Congregational history of Boston and its early leaders. Groups are welcome. For additional information and to reserve a tour time, please contact Peggy at 617-523-0470 x 5 or

All tours begin at 14 Beacon St., 2nd Fl., Library Reading Room.