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THE YEAR’S BEST JEWISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS


Good News! I heard the Association of Jewish Libraries proudly announce its coveted Sydney Taylor Book Awards for 2017 for the most distinguished contributions to Jewish children’s literature. Winners are a smashing biography, a clever medieval adventure and a haunting, mysterious holocaust novel. These winners are also recipients of this year’s National Jewish Book Awards as winners or finalists.

Winners receive cash prizes from the estate of Sydney Taylor, author of the All-of-a-Kind-Family series, at the AJL convention in New York City in June.  Taylor=s success created American Jewish children=s literature. Librarian Ellen Cole recommends these special books. Winners, Honors, Notables and All-of-a-Kind-Family series are in the Library for you. read more




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LIBRARY CONTEST

SPINE TINGLES BOOK CLUB


Tuesday, March 7
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Library

All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen
An award winning confession from a member of an insular Hasidic sect reveals his harrowing crisis of faith and family. Join us for this wrenching account.


The Eugene B. Levine Memorial Library and Librarian Ellen Cole support the congregation and Religious School of Temple Isaiah.  Library spirit, technology, content and programs are patron oriented.  Isaiah’s library is a one-room, one-woman shop with a both-hands-on operation.  The Levine Library is a haven, a bit of serendipity, an intellectual resource, an educational tool and a source of pleasure.

Students use their library to widen and deepen their subject knowledge, to learn library skills and to indulge in reading for fun, including the latest prize winning books. The annual reading contest with its grand prizes is a popular program. Teachers use their library for classroom resources, for supplemental stories that put feeling into lessons, and for research.  Parents use their library for digital research via the Encyclopedia Judaica, to research original family Bar/Bat Mitzvah services, naming ideas and home ceremonies, including cook books.  Adults browse the new book cart for the latest novels and non-fiction for personal escape or Havurah nights programs. All are welcome for meetings and group study as the Yiddish Club,the Women’s Torah Study and the monthly adult book club, Spine Tingles.

We offer classics and the latest Jewish releases. What you see is not all you get!  If we do not have it, we are happy to order it for you.

Temple’s library website on the laptop in the library has a link to the Association of Jewish Libraries of Southern California which offers homework help and lists of Jewish subjects for biographies and other school reports.


policy for donating books

We truly appreciate your offers to donate books and DVD’s to the Levine Library. Please do not donate until you speak with Librarian Ellen Cole.  No cartons or bags should be left in the library where they are a hazard to people entering for meetings and reading.  Your prior generosity has resulted in a happily packed room; there is no longer space for duplicates.  Ellen is eager and delighted to talk with all donors.


LIBRARY HOURS

Sunday:
Tuesday:
Thursday:

9:30 a.m. to Noon
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


LAST YEAR’S BEST JEWISH CHILDREN’S BOOKS



Association of Jewish Libraries proudly announce its coveted Sydney Taylor Book Awards for 2016 for the most distinguished contributions to Jewish children’s literature. Winners are an entertaining vignette, a sensitive war time tale, and a dramatic historical novel.




The 2016 Younger Readers winner is Ketzel the Cat Who Composed by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Amy June Bates. Delightful words and art deliver the heartwarming true story of a composer who enters a one-minute piano competition. The cat helps with his theme. The piece garners honorable mention, gets played in concert and gains royalties for cat food.
 



The Older Readers gold medalist is Adam and Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld, illustrated by Phillippe Dumas, translated by Jeffrey Green. This sweet story overhears two nine year old Jewish boys in hiding; their conversations help one grow brave, the other spiritual. Gentle words and art belie the horrors of the last year of the war Laura Amy Schlitz captures the Teen Readers gold with The Hired Girl. Her sensitive story reveals the experience of a Catholic teenager hired out to a Jewish family whochanges in unexpected ways.


There are five Honor Winners: Picture Books Everybody Says Shalom and Shanghai Sukkah; Older Readers Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish; and Teen Serendipity’s Footsteps and Stones on a Grave. There are 12 Notable Books.


Winners receive cash prizes from the estate of Sydney Taylor, author of the All-of-a-Kind-Family series, at the AJL convention in Charleston, SC in June. Taylor’s success created American Jewish children’s literature. Librarian Ellen Cole recommends these special books. Winners, Honors, Notables and All-of-a-Kind-Family series are in the Library for you.




Election Connection Reading Contest Winners


Grades 1 to 3 Division reads picture books and chapter books.
Annie Loeb
Chloe Nejad
Audrey Posner  
Zachary Grossman
Madison Nejad
Maya George
Ella Mathalon
Honorable Mention
Aiden Vojdani
Asher Bartfeld
Adrian Grafstein
Ben Kirschbaum


Grades 4 to 6 Division reads chapter books.
Gabe Evers
Mateen Markzar
Sydnie Loeb
Ava Friedman
Alexis Weiss
Julia Tabor
Honorable Mention
Ryan Karni
Violet Bilgihan