I received a comment the other day on my post about the filmstrips that were found at Deseret Industries. It got me thinking about the best way to update ward libraries. I actually have no authority to speak on the matter as I am not a Stake President, or General Authority to make that call. However, I will discuss how to preserve your own LDS library and how to find what you are looking for.
Now that DVDs have taken over, the church no longer produces VHS tapes. Much of the Latter-day Saint films have been converted to DVD but many have not. One fortunate thing about finding LDS VHS tapes is usually they have not been used too much and they have been in controlled environments. The main collection you will want to try to find if you are interested in finding these treasures are the 27 volume LDS film set, usually Deseret Industries will be your best bet. Sometimes you can find them on eBay but they can be quite expensive, at Deseret Industries they are 50 cent – 1$ per tape. Make sure that you store the tapes in a cool dry room, basements tend to work best.
Finding books is not that challenging, members of the church are always selling books, checkout garage sales, and again Deseret Industries.
You can often find filmstrips at Deseret Industries too, however, find a filmstrip projector can be challenging, eBay is the market place to find a film strip projector, you may also want to purchase a white screen, however, the walls of your home work too.
You can make LDS media a part of your home, you can make your library better than any ward library if you choose to, the main thing is to have fun and enjoy the taste of Vintage Mormonism.