Playing Games

I love making stories at bedtime! Found that it makes for a little rambunctiousness at times but this is a wonderful game that keeps us parents interested.

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“Mommy, will you play with me?” Is the question I hear most. It’s a question that comes when I’m reading, or checking facebook, or trying to remember and write down that great idea I had on the elliptical, or making dinner. Steeped in my own thoughts, the question breaks through, and I feel several answers vying for reply.

“Not right now” is a classic reply. We all have things to do, I can’t always drop that stuff and play. Lots of times I don’t want to play. What is play, anyway, what does a grown up do when she plays? It’s not drive hot wheels cars along a raceway patterned carpet, that’s for sure. When I say it, “not right now,” I feel guilty somehow, like I’m negligent. I remind myself that I’m not responsible for my child’s entertainment. For his growth, behaviour, nutrition, cleanliness, and lots of other things…

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Bedtime Stories for Young Brains

Bedtime Stories for Young Brains

“So reading picture books with young children may mean that they hear more words, while at the same time, their brains practice creating the images associated with those words — and with the more complex sentences and rhymes that make up even simple stories.”

92 Year Old Yiddish Operetta Comes to Life

Di Goldene Kale

Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride) original poster from Kessler’s Second Avenue Theatre

Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride) is coming to Rutgers August 5th, where Harvard music librarian Michael Ochs will be delivering a lecture free for ticket holders.

From the attached article: “Di Goldene Kale tells the story of Golde, abandoned by her parents and raised by local innkeepers somewhere in the Russian Empire. After the town hears that the young lady has inherited her father’s fortune, she draws the attention of many would-be suitors. Golde eventually finds her way to America, bringing various characters from her European shtetl with her, and sets about to find the man she will marry.”

Saranit Goes to Washington

NEAJL

Sara with Jim Rosenbloom of Brandeis’ Goldfarb Library. Part of NEAJL chapter represented at the conference

The 2015 conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries was number 50 for the organization, and I was happy to be a part of it! Our sessions included lectures by unique authors and children’s illustrators, subject experts from research institutions, and workshops on unique topics.

Dr. Monika Schreiber from the Judaica Library at the University of Vienna spoke on a panel about a special reparations project she is working on. She and her colleagues at the library have been performing autopsies on thousands of books that are suspected to have been looted by the Nazis in World War II, searching for clues to the identity of the rightful owners.

Panel Members

Left to right: Moderator Lyudmila Sholokhova, Olga Potap, Dr. Monika Schreiber, and Ellen Cassedy

Through this program, they have successfully found many such victims and their descendants, reuniting them with their families’ stolen collections.

I also enjoyed learning about the projects protecting the history of Jewish communities in previously settled areas of South Africa, Cape Verde, and Sudan, as well as the library programs helping the Jewish population of Argentina thrive today.

Library of Congress

Sara stretching the limits of the young readers section, Library of Congress

We explored Washington DC in the context of library and information science, thanks to our gracious hosts at the Library of Congress and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I was able to speak with a rare book curator at the museum to get some ideas for preserving and cataloging older items in our new special collection at Temple Israel. They have an amazing collection of literature, archives, and reference material that together tell the stories of genocide victims worldwide.

I am thrilled to finally put faces to some of the librarians I have been communicating with online. I shared stories with librarians of many backgrounds, who are accomplishing amazing things in their everyday work lives. This conference was a wonderful experience, and I look forward to participating next year for 51.

July Doorpost Column

Hello library lovers!

We have had an incredible month at the library, with the addition of a special collection, a successful Deli Man event, and wrapping up the school year smoothly.

Please stop in to check out our grand new display, showing off some precious rare items as well as books that are special to our community. Thanks to library donations from you, we were able to give these items a beautiful home as feature pieces in our collection.

The library’s movie night was a resounding success thanks to the team who helped me put it together. The movie Deli Man provided the perfect backdrop for our deli night– it told a great story of the Jewish deli’s evolution throughout the last couple centuries in America, with star interviews and amazing real-life characters.

Don't Bite Your Tongue

Don’t Bite Your Tongue by Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Following this yummy night of fun we are planning our next author’s visit– please join us for afternoon tea with Dr. Ruth Nemzoff on Wednesday, July 29th at 4:00. She will be discussing the topic of her book Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships With Your Adult Children. To reserve a spot, please RSVP to librarian@templeisraelnh.org or (603)436-5301 ext. 25.

We are pleased to introduce our budding new large print collection implemented with donations in memory of Maury Friedman. Titles include:

All the light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

All the light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Second Hand Heart, by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Second Hand Heart, by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The Plum Tree, by Ellen Marie Wiseman

The Plum Tree, by Ellen Marie Wiseman

The Paris Architect, by Charles Belfoure

The Paris Architect, by Charles Belfoure

And even more new stuff to read and watch!

The Boston Girl, Anita Diamant

The Lady in Gold, Anne-Marie O’Connor

The History of Love, Nicole Krauss

How the Bible Became Holy, Michael L. Satlow

Snow in August DVD

Noah DVD

Jewish Deli Night… So Yummy

The library’s movie night was a resounding success thanks to the team who helped me put it together. The movie Deli Man provided the perfect backdrop for our deli night– it told a great story of the Jewish deli’s evolution throughout the 20th century in America, with star interviews and amazing real-life characters. This film will be available to borrow at our library once it released to the public, check back next month!

Following this yummy night of fun we are planning our next author’s visit– please join us for afternoon tea with Dr. Ruth Nemzoff on Wednesday, July 29th at 4:00. She will be discussing the topic of her book Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships With Your Adult Children. To reserve a spot, please RSVP to librarian@templeisraelnh.org or (603)436-5301 ext. 25.

Don't Bite Your Tongue

Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children, by Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Deli Man Reservations are Closed

Deli Man Event Poster

Deli Man @ Temple Israel Portsmouth, June 4th

The good news? We at the Shaines Library have had an overwhelming response to the upcoming Deli Man event, with 70 people planning to attend!

The bad news is that we now must close reservations. You may, however, join us for the movie at 7 even without a reservation! We also have more exciting programs in the works, so please look for more this summer.

We are happy to welcome a number of guests from our neighbors at Ahavas Achim in Newburyport, with fun giveaways provided by the Deli Man himself, delicious food from Larry Levine’s, the acclaimed documentary, and a fun time with an amazing community.

Special thanks to the Cultural Endowment Fund for its support, and to Lorrie and Dick Grossman for arranging the catering.

Author Michelle Albion at Paul Memorial Library

Paul Memorial Library in Newfields, NH will be hosting Temple Israel’s own Michelle Albion as their next speaker in their Library Lecture series. She will discuss and present elements of her book The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt, which will be available for sale with her other books.

This event is scheduled for June 3rd, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Paul Memorial Library is at 76 Main Street, Newfields, NH. See you there!

The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt by Michelle Albion

The Quotable Eleanor Roosevelt by Michelle Albion