New Library Dedicated at St. James Parish in Charles Town

 By John Bagladi CHARLES TOWN— The new library at St. James Parish in Charles Town was dedicated Sept. 6 in memory of Sister Carolyn Ackerman, pastoral associate, who died of cancer. “Sister Carolyn served for two years in our parish as a pastoral associate for faith formation,” said Father Brian Owens, pastor. “She was such a champion for the continuing formation of one’s faith life that it seemed only appropriate that the library be dedicated in her honor.” The library was also dedicated in honor of all deceased members of the parish’s women’s club, which donated $10,000 to the project. At the dedication, Father Larry Gesy, a priest from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, offered a prayer for the blessing of libraries. Theresa Taylor, head librarian, offered a short tour of the facility, which features more than 4,000 books. Members of the Women’s Club’s library committee spent hours cataloging and labeling volumes, which include Sister Ackerman’s books donated by her community and those of Father Owen’s personal library. The library is open on the honor system any time the church is open.