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.

Carrots, Parrots, and the Merits of Garden Reading

What happens when you mix reading, plants and animals? Magic. Really. These three ingredients, when stirred in a cauldron with care, prove to be the key to a fun and intriguing learning environment.

Acting as children’s activity librarian at Churchill’s Garden Center has let me play with this idea, integrating the beautiful grounds into toddler story time and kids club activities. Living treasures among the greenery include a parrot, dove, donkey, goat, chicks, and ducklings, all favorites among the children.

Oliver the parrot joined us for our very first story time, piping in with commentary of course.

We read two books with Oliver, Terrific and If You Were a Parrot. Not only did this second book contain the beak-making craft that I wanted to do, but it also got kids into role-playing mode. Despite the somewhat creepy anthropomorphic nature of the illustrations, If You Were a Parrot does a wonderful job using role-play to help the children recognize their own empathy toward the birds as living creatures.

In Terrific, a grumpy old man finds friendship and happiness when he relates to the feelings of his new feathered friend. Very well-written piece of fiction, and captured the children’s attention.

Terrific, Jon Agee

Terrific, Jon Agee

If You Were A Parrot, Katherine Rawson

If You Were A Parrot, Katherine Rawson & Sherry Rogers

An additional story time focused on carrots following our seed starting program the previous week. A wonderful opportunity to integrate additional animals into the mix! The theme was inspired by the book The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, in which a boy plants a seed, cares for it tenderly, and never gives up hope that it will sprout into a beautiful carrot. A great introduction to the patience and reward of gardening, in addition to an early, gentle lesson of perseverance when facing doubt from others.

Carrot Soup was a favorite! Rabbit orders, plants, and cares for the carrot seeds in his garden, preparing for the harvest when he can finally eat his favorite meal– you guessed it! Carrot soup. But alas, the carrots are gone! As it turns out, (spoiler alert) Rabbit’s friends gathered the carrots from the garden to make Rabbit’s soup for him at a surprise party! Such a fun story of friendship and carrots.

Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss

Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss

Carrot Soup, John Segal

Carrot Soup, John Segal

Without any rabbits at the garden center this year, who else on the list might enjoy a carrot snack? Scooter the donkey of course! Plus some of the kids– after all that carrot talk they each wanted a crunchy healthy snack. We took an in-house field trip across the grounds to visit Scooter, who relished in the children’s attention! And food!

I have been so happy reading at Churchill’s, where the world is alive around us and we may use the living treasures as tools for lessons in caring and the pleasure of reading. Please join us soon if you are in the Exeter area- upcoming events are below if you are interested.

May 7th Toddler Story Time: Click Photo to Register

May 9th Kids Club, Make Paper Flowers for Mom: Click Photo to Register.

April Doorpost Column

Hello Library Lovers!

We at the library have been busy planning several exciting projects.

First, the online library survey is available through April. Thanks for the rapid response! Please let Sara know if you would like a paper copy to fill out, it just takes two minutes. Participants can choose to be entered in a raffle for a gift cards to RiverRun Bookstore, Friendly Toast, or Portsmouth Book & Bar. Thank you for your input- we want to make sure the library fits your needs!

Library Survey Snapshot

Library Survey Snapshot

In the coming months, we are planning to integrate brand new computer workstations for your use, both Mac and PC! Thanks to MJ Shoer, Howard Rubin, and all of our library fund donors for making this possible!

Sara has been revamping the teen area, planning additions to the collection and recataloging fiction for easy browsing. We now have a teen graphic novel section- come check it out!

In addition, we are excited to announce the prospect of an official rare book collection in the library! The committee is currently researching proper archival cases to display some of our treasures. If anyone is looking for a worthy cultural cause to donate to, please keep this project in mind. Rabbi Senter helped us sort through crates full of antiquarian and other special Judaica that we would like to keep safe and protected while on display in our lovely space.

A friendly reminder to check your shelves for library items– although we do not have late fees, we do need to replace items that are not returned in a timely manner. Contact Sara if you would like to renew items you are still using.

Lastly, movie night will be announced soon thanks to a cultural endowment grant! We’ll be in touch with a date and movie title soon.

 

Sara Lesley Arnold
librarian@templeisraelnh.org
(603) 436-5301 x25

January Movie Night’s a Wrap

Another good turnout for this month’s movie night– great to see everybody! After the documentary, we had a great discussion about Arab and Jewish kids growing up in Israel and some of the constant struggles they have, making sense of the world around them while having limited interactions with kids of different backgrounds.

Movie night snack spread

Movie night

We’ll be glad to let you know when the next movie is coming!

The Arab Jewish Community Center for Tolerance and Peace

Movie night on Thursday! I recommend Dancing in Jaffa for older kids as well as adults, but with parental guidance since there is some talk about the conflict. Very uplifting, though, and a wonderful message of peace.

Dancing in Jaffa: Thursday, January 22 7pm @Temple Israel Portsmouth

Dancing in Jaffa: Thursday, January 22 7pm @Temple Israel Portsmouth

Optional donations to the community center featured in the film that is devoted to interfaith activities for all ages: The Arab Jewish Community Center for Tolerance and Peace in Tel Aviv.

Arab-Jewish Community Center Handout

Arab-Jewish Community Center Handout

Movie Night in Portsmouth

Time to show some real love for Israel and celebrate positive interactions between children of different backgrounds! Recommended by several congregation members, this wonderful, award-winning movie may remind us of the power of understanding and the importance of just being kids.

Join us Thursday, January 22nd at 7:00 for the next Movie Night, sponsored by us at the Nancy Mae Shaines Memorial Library. Free event with Middle Eastern snacks on us 🙂

Dancing in Jaffa: Thursday, January 22 7pm @Temple Israel Portsmouth

Dancing in Jaffa: Thursday, January 22 7pm @Temple Israel Portsmouth

September Doorpost Column

Hello Library Lovers!

We have been busy in the library readying it for the start of school and the holidays. We appreciate all of the generous library fund donations we have been receiving, letting us start a new and exciting project!

Many of you have expressed how much you love our library, but did you know that we at Temple Israel have the most extensive Jewish interest and Judaica collection in Northern New England? I am constantly exploring ways to make these materials more accessible to you and the Jewish community at large, and am currently changing the call numbers in the children’s area to reflect the content in a more efficient way.

For example, as the project progresses, a book that was once “j244.53 Cohen” will now be “J Pesach Cohen” and will be color coded by category for easy finding.

Nachshon Who Was Afraid to Swim: "J Pesach Cohen"

Nachshon Who Was Afraid to Swim: “J Pesach Cohen”

In future weeks, I will also be changing the adult and young adult fiction to FIC and the biographies to BIO. I am hoping that these new call numbers will help you all find exactly what you want when you want it! We will also be installing clearly labeled signs that point you to the right section.

Please stop by in the meantime– we have many new books, movies, and music for your pleasure. The book sale will be going on in the schmooze during the month of September, so please buy some books to further show your undying support of the library.

L’Shana Tova!

Sara Lesley Arnold

Nancy Mae Shaines Library

Summer @ the library

Library Committee with Rabbi and Wife

Library Committee and Special Guests; Left to Right: Al Spaien, Elissa Senter, Rabbi Senter, Allison, Meryl Wein, Sara Lesley Arnold

We had great feedback from some of the attendees of the Book Thief screening and discussion with Rabbi David Senter that took place on July 17th. Some members of the group had either read the book or seen the movie previously, so the discussion included valuable input from many perspectives. The consensus seemed to be that even though the general idea of Death as a narrator is morbid, that element lets the viewer take the role of a similarly helpless onlooker, seeing as objectively as possible the characters build relationships and come of age.

With an audience comprised mostly of Jews, we discussed the generalities commonly associated with holocaust survivors, bridging those experiences to those of the main character of Liesel Meminger, a non-Jewish German girl who experiences her own horrific tragedies.

Viewers agreed that although the film depicts such a tragic time in world history, it provides a reminder of the humanity that can shine through a blanket of darkness.

I must say, it was wonderful to watch the film in a room of engaged viewers, after watching it on my own the first time. Geoffrey Rush and the other actors give amazing performances; the filmmakers really do a tremendous job transmitting the biblio-centric world of the novel into a new medium, allowing the audience to take part in the story and fall in love with the literature.

We have a few thoughts about additional programming this coming year and will keep you informed as events are scheduled. We are currently planning new religious school programs and will have our annual book sale going on in the Schmooze beginning September 7th for the start of school.