Parish opens a library

Marlene Metzger of St. Anthony Parish in Davenport, sorts through books to be placed on the shelves of the new parish library. Parishioners from any parish are welcome to use and check out books from the library, which has limited hours Sundays and Wednesdays.

By Anne Marie Amacher

DAVENPORT – As a way to offer a simple form of adult faith formation, parishioners at St. Anthony Parish have opened a parish library for anyone from any parish in the area to use. The library is located in the historic, original church building behind the existing church and parish offices.

St. Anthony has had adult Bible studies and discussion groups, but wanted to expand on its offerings, explained parishioner Marlene Metzger.

A remarkable number of books have been donated to start the library, which contains 20 categories of books, she said. Categories include autobiographies, Scripture, catechism, children’s, Church history, inspirational/


encouragement, Mary, prayer/spirituality/meditations and saints.

A list of all of the books available has been indexed on computer. Patrons check out books using a card, but the library’s volunteers hope someday the checkout process can be computerized. Anyone can check out a book at no charge; ID is not required, Metzger noted.

The St. Anthony Historical Society also uses the room, which has been spruced up for patrons’ use.

The library is open on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 12:30-3 p.m.

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