Welcome to the Parish Library
Located downstairs in the St. Therese Room. Please come and visit your St. Joseph Parish Library--we would love to meet you and help you find items that will help you on your spiritual journey.
In October 2018, we received a generous donation of children’s books, including board books. To make these easily accessible to all, we have added the board books to the parish nursery downstairs.
Our collection is in an online catalog system called LibraryThing, which allows you to view the contents of the St. Joseph Parish Library from a home computer or any device connected to the Internet. See our Online Resources section for tips on how to use LibraryThing.
This section offers outside resources, easily accessed online, and includes other library collections and online research tools. Our parish library's Book Subject Collection and Parish Library Manual, along with tips on how to use LibraryThing are also included in this list.
St. Joseph Parish Library was started in the mid 1990’s by former pastor Fr. Pat Clark and Vee Fletcher, a long time parishioner and retired librarian. She began building the collection by procuring recommended titles as well as incorporating donations from parishioners. With Vee’s hard work the library continued to expand and In the summer of 2011 it moved into its current location in the St. Therese room.
The St. Joseph Parish Library strives to provide both religious information and inspiration to our faith community. We have about 3600 items including adult, children, youth and teen books. Our collection includes 200 DVDs and 150 CDs (both music and audio books).
The library is open any time the church is open. We use a self-checkout, honor system and instructions are posted. Please put your phone number on the checkout card. Books and CDs are checked out for 3 weeks. DVDs go out for 1 week only. Return books to the box in front of the library desk. Return DVDs and CDs to the basket next to the DVD display rack. A box for donations is located in front of the desk
The library is also a conference room. If it is in use, please select books from the two bookcases in the hallway outside the library. We keep a variety of books there. Two return boxes are located in the hallway - one for books and the other for DVD and CDs.
Our librarians try to be available before and after Masses to answer questions and to assist you in finding books and media. If you want help and no one is available, leave the librarians a note in a checkout card box and someone will contact you, or call the office at (425) 392-5516.
If you would like to provide feedback on which resources you feel should or should not be included in our library, please fill out the following form and return to our Library Coordinator, Ann Johnson: Request for Reconsideration Form
We gladly accept donations of religious books, DVDs or CDs that are in good condition. We will review the donations to decide which materials we can use in our collection. Please refer to our Collection Development Policy for more information. Any donated items that we cannot use will either be donated to another source or sold to purchase other library materials.