The Wilde Lake Interfaith Center Library has received the Outstanding Congregational Library award for 1995-1996 from the Church & Synagogue Library Association.
The Portland, Ore.-based association, which includes nearly 2,000 church and synagogue libraries in the United States and Canada, was impressed by how the four churches have been able to use the same library for 15 years.
"We're very thrilled," said Barbara Mall, coordinator of the 5,000-book Wilde Lake library. The plaque was the library's first and hangs in the lobby of the first interfaith center in west Columbia.
The library was started in 1980 as a cooperative ministry, illustrating how Columbia's innovative interreligious centers could work. The Baptist, Lutheran, Roman Catholic and United-Methodist-Presbyterian congregations use and contribute books to the library, Mrs. Mall said.
To celebrate the award, there will be a special event on Nov. 12 at the Wilde Lake center. Columbia storyteller Helen Beyers will read stories. Wilde Lake High School graduate Kent Blake will sign copies of his book, "Wisdom Brothers Share," and Baltimore County teen-ager Sara Yamaka will sign copies of her book, "The Gift of Driscoll Liscomb."