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We have returned with some great links on Jewish books, libraries and librarianship.


The Melbourne Writers' Fest produced this video on 10 Facts You Won't Read in a Book About Books.

From Schocken Books, Ruth Gruber Inspires New Movie.

From the ACRLog blog: Is There a Rescue Plan at Your Library?

From Information Wants to be Free: What's the Deal, JSTOR?

From the Jerusalem Post: French Teacher Suspended for Teaching 'Too Much' Holocaust

From the Jewish Literary Review: Elie Wiesel's The Sonderberg Case.

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A recommended reading list from AJL's Jewish Valuesfinder:


Engineer Ari and the Sukkah Express. Illus. by Shahar Kober. Kar-Ben/Lerner. The chipper trio of railroad engineers first met in Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride builld a sukkah and place it on the train to share with all their friends along the tracks from Jaffa to Jerusalem. ( Kdg; Primary)

Even Higher: A Rosh Hashanah Story by Eric A. Kimmel. Illus. by Jill Weber. Holiday House. A skeptic is convinced of the rabbi's holiness in this lively retelling of one of I. L. Peretz's best-loved stories. (Primary; Elementary)

Greater than Gold and Silver
by Rav Naftali Ehrmann. Illus. by Chedvah Rubin. Feldheim. A lavishly illustrated Sukkot story about the mitzvah of the etrong, written from an Orthodox point of view. (Primary; Elementary)

New Year at the Pier by April Halprin Wayland. Illus. by Stefane Jorisch. Dial Books for Young Readers. Izzy, his family, and members of their congregation gather at the pier to symbolically cast away their sins in the ceremony of tashlich. Action and emotions are captured by the lilting illustrations. (Preschool; Primary) WINNER OF A SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD.

Sammy Spider's First Simhat Torah by Sylvia A. Rouss. Illus. by Katherine Janus Kahn. Kar-Ben/Lerner. Sammy and his human buddy, Josh, learn what the holiday is all about and Sammy takes a ride to shul on a candy apple! (Preschool; Primary)

The Secret Shofar of Barcelona
by Jacqueline Dembar Greene. Illus. by Doug Chayka. Kar-Ben/Lerner. Secret Jews find a way to blow the shofar in plain sight during a concert for the Spanish nobility. Set in Spain during the Inquisition, the story celebrates faith and courage. (Primary; Elementary)

Sukkot Treasure Hunt by Allison Ofanansky. Photographs by Eliyahu Alpern. Kar-Ben/Lerner. After building their sukkah, an Israeli child and her parents search the hills and valleys of the Gallilee for myrtle, willow, palm, and citron. Color photographs add realism to a story set in Israel. (Primary; Elementary)

Tashlich at Turtle Rock by Susan Schnur. Illus. by Alex Steele-Morgan. Kar-Ben/Lerner. Primary. A family custom - walking in the woods on Rosh Hashanah - offers an idyllic view of the ceremony of tashlich. (Primary)

Today is the Birthday of the World by Linda Heller. Dutton. A beautifully illustrated story about animals and children doing their best. Although Rosh Hashanah is never mentioned, the theme reflects the holiday's meaning. (Preschool; Primary)
The American Library Association has launched a new page rounding up all of their online learning resources in one place.

Here you will find links to many programs, forums, webinars and webcasts covering a range of topics from collection development and management, to advocacy, to service delivery, and more. The programs are even sorted by ALA units and delivery type- it's like one-stop shopping for your remote learning needs.

Most programs are open to anyone, ALA member or not. Many are free; others have fees attached depending on the course type, length and membership status of the librarian taking the course.

I know I'm going to be spending some time investigating ALA's offerings, now that they're gathered together on this page; it looks like there's something for just about everyone!

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Here's our weekly roundup of posts from across the internet and the blogosphere on books, Jewish books, libraries and more.

Librarians as___________: Shapeshifting at the Periphery, about  the changing roles of librarians in the information age, from In the Library with the Lead Pipe.

Adding Irena Klepfisz to the Canon, from Jewesses with Attitude.

Strike a Pose...Yale UP, from the Jewish Book Council blog.

Rosh Hashanah Books from the Jewish Literary Review.

Open Access and the Library's Missing Mission, at Inside Higher Ed.

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You can see the full press release here:

Nominations are being accepted through September 20, 2010 for this  year's I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN AWARD.

The award is open to MLS-holding librarians in the following categories:

  • School Library

  • Public Library- including synagogues and community centers whose libraries are open to the public, and

  • College, Community College and University Libraries.


The Promotional Tools page includes sample press releases, logos, badges- and flyers to distribute to your patrons.

When you make them available in your library, your patrons have the chance to recognize the work you do.

ALA will select up to ten winners; what a great opportunity to create some buzz in our communities and even nationally, for AJL and for all the work you do to promote Jewish books, scholarship and reading.

Good luck!

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Welcome to the second monthly Jewish Book Carnival!


The Jewish Book Carnival is your chance to participate in People of the Books.

The Carnival was started by Heidi Estrin and me, to promote blogs that cover Jewish books. It’s an effort to build community, so that blog writers and readers can share posts on Jewish books. We’ll read each others’ blogs, support each other and promote each other- and Jewish books-  throughout the blogosphere.

Every month on the 15th, someone will host the roundup; in September, you can find it at the Jewish Publication Society.

On the Carnival's home page you can find a list of participants, links to past carnivals and other information.


The Jewish Book Carnival has a GoodReads page; we’d love for you to join, to keep up with Carnival news, join in our discussions and share what you’re reading and writing about.

This month we have several new participants- and lots of great links.

We hope you have time to visit and comment on lots of the featured blogs.

And if you'd like to join the Carnival or host, please email me at mcloutier @ jewishlibraries.org.

The Links:


Bagels, Books & Schmooze reviews Sima's Undergarments for Women, by Ilana Stanger-Ross

Boston Bibliophile reviews The Frozen Rabbi, by Steve Stern

Here in HP: Review with Carrot Watercolor and  Sharkskin Suits and Cairo Longings

Homeshuling: Bible Stories for Children- Does the Torah Belong in Picture Books?

JBooks.com: Rabbi Harvey Interviews Gary Shteyngart

Jewish Book Council: Israeli Fiction Roundup

JewishBoston.com reviews Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult's Guide to Building a Jewish Life

The Jewish Publication Society shares The Top 5 Jewish Book to Film Adaptations and Introducing our new CEO, Barry Schwartz!

JewWishes reviews Displaced Persons, by Ghita Schwarz

My Machberet: Recent Reads- The J-Word, by Andrew Sanger

Needle in the Bookstacks asks Is Jozefow Close to Chelm?

Rhapsody in Books reviews Songs for the Butcher's Daughter, by Peter Manseau

Sylvia Rouss: Lessons I Learned When I Wrote My First Book

The Whole Megillah reviews Once and Sharing Our Homeland

Thanks once again to all the participants, and to you for visiting and commenting on their blogs.

Posted by Marie.
It's that time again. Here's a selection of links on books, libraries and more for the week.

AJL's Lisa Silverman published a great article, What's New for Kids to Read, at JewishJournal.com.

Treasures of the Bavarian State Library, including a section on Hebrew books, available as an iPhone app.

My Jewish Learning is running a poetry contest for the High Holy Days.

The American Association for School Librarians posted is Top 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

Calling Dibs on Culture, a fascinating article from the Jewish Publication Society.

From the Jewish Literary Review, Jonathan Papernick: A Modern-Day Book Peddlar.

From Points of Reference, OverDrive Customers Can Add Project Gutenberg Titles to Their Virtual Collections.

AJL's monthly Jewish Book Carnival post will be up on Sunday, August 15. Hope to see you here!




As always feel free to contact me if you have a link you think would be good for our weekly roundup. My email is mcloutier @ jewishlibraries.org.

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So you're interested in AJL and want to connect with a group of AJL librarians local to you? Here's a list of some of the websites and blogs set up for and by some of AJL's regional chapters.

Greater Cleveland AJL Chapter

Judaica Librarians’ Group (Israel) (in Hebrew)

Judaica Library Network of Metropolitan Chicago

New England AJL Chapter

AJL of Southern California

South Florida AJL

Some of these are fully-functional website and some are blog-style; all of them provide great basic information on what folks are up to elsewhere in the United States, and elsewhere in the world.

This list is also included in AJL's blogroll, which is linked to on the right hand side of this page. The list is updated regularly. If you are part of a regional chapter and you don't see your chapter's site listed, please email me at mcloutier at jewishlibraries.org and I'll be sure to include it.

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The Jewish Publication Society has honored People of the Books with the "Beautiful Blogger" award for our efforts at building community in the Jewish book blogosphere through our Jewish Book Carnival initiative (and they're going to host in September!).

In return, the rules of the award state that we must share seven interesting facts about AJL and pass the award along to seven of our favorite blogs.

The facts:

1. AJL has held 45 annual conventions in the US, Canada and Israel, beginning in 1966 in Philadelphia. Ohio and California are tied for hosting the largest number of conventions over the years - six each, and Canada will catch up by holding its 6th AJL convention in 2011 in Montreal. While conventions are always exciting, we have persevered through many outrageous adventures such as the SARS scare (Toronto in 2003) and the transvestite beauty pageant being held at the convention hotel (Miami Beach in 1991).

2. AJL is the Association of Jewish LIBRARIES, not LIBRARIANS. We have members from all streams of Judaism and members who are not Jewish. What we all have in common is an interest in sharing Jewish culture and knowledge through libraries.

3. AJL is a volunteer-run organization with no central office. Members volunteer their time for everything from running local chapter meetings to writing publications to organizing international conventions.

4. AJL has been podcasting its convention sessions and other events since 2008. You can hear recordings of lectures, panel discussions, author talks, and workshops at jewishlibraries.org/podcast.

5. AJL has two divisions- the Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections division (RAS) for academic libraries and the School, Synagogue, and Community Centers division (SSC) for general interest libraries.

6. AJL publishes a quarterly Newsletter and an occasional scholarly journal called Judaica Librarianship, as well as various guidebooks and bibliographies available through the Publications Department [link: http://www.jewishlibraries.org/main/Portals/0/AJL_Assets/documents/Publications/publications.htm].

7. AJL recognizes great Jewish literature through several annual awards: the Sydney Taylor Book Award [link: http://www.jewishlibraries.org/ajlweb/awards/stba/index.htm] and Manuscript Award [link: http://www.jewishlibraries.org/ajlweb/awards/st_ms.htm] for children's literature, and the Reference and Bibliography Awards for scholarly works [link: http://www.jewishlibraries.org/ajlweb/awards/ref_and_bib.htm].

The seven blogs we'd like to nominate are:

Jewish Book Council

Jewish Publication Society

Jewish Womens Archive

Kar-Ben Publishing

My Machberet

The Sisterhood, a blog of The Forward

Tablet Magazine

Thank you to JPS for this honor!

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Things have been a little slow over the summer, so I have to apologize for the lack of blog posts lately. I promise we're going to have some great content for you very soon. In the mean time here's our roundup of great finds on the web for the week.

From Stephen's Lighthouse, Another Great Library Video, from the University of Bergen in Norway.

A report from the Jewish Women's Archive on their 2010 Institute for Educators.

The Most Interesting Reaction to my NewCAJE Workshop, from OnLion/Behrman House.

Summer Nostalgia, from the Jewish Publication Society.

Summer Reading: Jewish Bestsellers on Amazon, from the Jewish Literary Review.

Got a link you'd like to share? Email me at mcloutier at jewishlibraries.org. Have a great week.

Posted by Marie.

We have a bunch of great links to share this week!

Book Recommendation Services, about online readers' advisory sources, from the great Stephen's Lighthouse blog. What are your favorite online resources for RA?

Connecting Kids to Character, from OnLion.

Social Media: Fad or Friend? from the AJL's Greater Cleveland Chapter blog. This is such an important topic for all libraries and librarians.

News Update from ALA's Washington Office: 'Topic du Jour? Access' (aka A Busy Time in DC), from ResourceShelf.

ebrary Adds 400 Titles to Public Library Complete, from Points of Reference.

Posted by Marie.
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We skipped our weekly link roundup last week because we had the Jewish Book Carnival but we're back today with some great things to share.

Why the Next Big Pop Culture Wave After Cupcakes Might be Libraries, from NPR.org.

ALA Virtual Conference: Top 10 Trends in Academic Librarianship, from Blogomancy.

Rabbi Harvey Interviews Gary Shteyngart, at Jbooks.com.

The New Era of Israeli Literature, from Jewcy.com.

Jamie Keiles: Teens Writing About Teens, from the Jewish Womens' Archive.

Legal Research Guide: Israel, from the Library of Congress.

Special Treasures from the JTS Library.

PLA offers free library advocacy training, from ALA.

Harvey Pekar Dies, from Tablet.org.

Art for Peace: A Poet's Voyage to Israel, from TCJewfolk.com.

Oldest Written Document Ever Found in Jerusalem, from PhysOrg.com.

I am actively seeking new blogs to add to the feedreader. If you know of an interesting, well-written blog that's updated regularly focusing on librarianship and/or Jewish books and publishing, please email me at mcloutier at jewishlibraries.org. In particular I'm looking for blogs on academic librarianship.
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The Jewish Book Carnival is your chance to participate in People of the Books.

The Carnival was started by Heidi Estrin and me, to promote blogs that cover Jewish books. It's an effort to build community, so that blog writers and readers can share posts on Jewish books. We'll read each others' blogs, support each other and promote each other- and Jewish books-  throughout the blogosphere.

Every month on the 15th, someone will host the roundup; this month (and next month) it will be here on the AJL blog. After that, we'd love to know if you would be interested in hosting the carnival on your blog!

The Jewish Book Carnival has a GoodReads page; we'd love for you to join, to keep up with Carnival news, join in our discussions and share what you're reading and writing about.

We are also running a poll to choose a name for the Carnival; the voting is open until August 31.


In the mean time, let's go with the inaugural edition of the Jewish Book Carnival.


From Steve Bergson, From Cyberspace to the Printed Page, from his Jewish Comics blog.


From Barbara Bietz, a post from her blog on Laurel Snyder and her new book, Baxter The Pig Who Wanted to be Kosher.

From Erika Dreifus, on the Fiction Writers Review blog: a review of Sarah/Sara by Jacob Paul.

Erika also sent us From My Bookshelf: Prisoners: A Muslim and A Jew Across the Middle East Divide.

The Jewish Book Council blog contributed Writing a Book Like Coney Island, a guest post by author Joshua Cohen, author of Witz.

The Jewish Women's Archive blog Jewesses with Attitude contributed their Summer Reading List.

From the Jew Wishes book blog, a review of Mr. Rosenbaum Dreams in English, by Natasha Solomons.

From Ann D. Koffsky, Lifeguarding and Illustration.

From Barbara Krasner, a review of Lost, by Jacqueline Davies, and a review of Emma's Poem, by Linda Glaser. Both are from the excellent Whole Megillah blog on children's literature.

From Sylvia Rouss, Once Upon A Time There Was a Little Rescue Dog.

Please visit and bookmark all these great blogs. Thanks to those who participated, and if you're a blogger who'd like to participate next month, please feel free to email me at mcloutier at jewishlibraries.org. Happy reading!
Here's this week's collection of links on Jewish books, reading, libraries and more.

Red, White and Kosher, from the Schocken Books blog.

In case you missed it at the convention, here's a link to the 2010 AJL Convention: AJL and Social Media presentation.

From the Jewish Book Council, PBS' Religion and Ethics Weekly featuring Debra Band and Pamela Greenberg.

From the Jerusalem Post, Taglit celebrates 10 years, a quarter million participants.

Anthony Julius and anti-Semitism in England, from the Jewish Literary Review.

Got something to share? Send me an email at mcloutier at jewishlibraries.org. Have a great week.
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The following is a summary of the AJL's Facebook feed from yesterday's convention proceedings.

  • Feinstein lecture. One of our resident librarian-scholars, Yossi Galron, gave the lecture Monday night. Dressed in a tie! He led us through the history of Jewish bibliography. I would like to have seen of his own online bio-bibliography, but he modestly left it out. http://library.osu.edu/sites/users/galron.1/

  • April Wayland Halpern tells the group about writing New Year's on the Pier.








  • April Wayland Halpern reads us her story.

  • When they say "the STBA committee tells all" they mean "all" The committee gleefully recounted the arguements they had, especially when trying to decide if a book is "Jewish" sfs

  • Margarita Engle tells about writing Tropical Secrets.

  • On the left, Margarita Engle's parents still married 62 years later. On the right, Margarita visiting her Cuban family's farm on land purchased with gold from a pirate ancestor.

  • My eyes are starting to cross a bit at the RDA talk. I'm trying to remember what RDA stands for ... Really Detailed something? lots of small changes to our cataloging practices. Adam Schiff is doing a great job zipping through slides and explaining the changes from AACR2. His presentation is at http://faculty.washingt...on.edu/aschiff

  • New Sydney Taylor Award Committee members, Aimee Lurie and Debbie Feder, prepare to deliver their 2011 Sneak Peak presentations.

  • Heidi Estrin, Lisa Silverman, Ellen Cole and Kathe Pinchuck begin their discussion of Children's Book Reviewing.

  • The AJL's pre-Award Banquet reception.

  • Dr. Geoffrey Megargee, accepts the Judaica Reference Award.

  • April Wayland Halprin, author of New Year at the Pier, accepts the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Young Readers.

  • Robin Friedman accepts the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Older Readers.

  • Margarita Engle accepts the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Teen Readers.

  • Joan Schoettler accepts the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award.

  • The Seattle Committee says thank you and goodbye...


Stay up to date even faster by friending AJL on its Facebook page.


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The following is taken from AJL's Facebook feed. Friend us on Facebook to stay up to the minute.

  • 17 photos from Sunday, the first day of the 45th Annual Conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries

  • I'm sitting at the awesome Seattle Public Library listening to a Reader's advisory talk by David Wright. The speaker got a big round of applause when our moderator, Diann Romm mentioned that he reads and speaks on NPR's All Things Considered. sfs.

  • David spoke about the difference between Readers Advisory and reference work. In reference, the patron know what subject she/he is looking for. For fiction, they're looking for other "appeal characteristics" such as the genre, the type of ending (happy, sad, open-ended), the tone, the age of the characters, setting, a......nd many others. He showed several libraries services and blogs that help people find new authors or title. Check out shelftalk.spl.org or novelist.org

  • Kathy Bloomfield is starting off her library management workshop with relevant comparisons to classic Jewish children's books. She's using And Shira Imagined to talk about planning.

  • David Gilner introduces Laurel Wolfson for the AJL Life Membership Award.

  • Laurel Wolfson accepts the AJL Life Membership Award.

  • Enid Sperber lights up the room as she promotes chapters around the country.

  • Yelena Luckert welcomed AJL first time attendees. What brave souls!

  • Hazzan Isaac Azose led us in a beautiful Sephardic version of the Birkat ha-mazon

  • Sarah Barnard and Shuli Berger presented the library school scholarship to Haim Gottschalk (former conference chair in Phoenix) The other recipient Rachel Isaac-Menard couldn't make it to the convention. sfs

  • Heidi Rabinowitz explores Facebook and other Social Media with Jewish librarians in Seattle.

  • Tina Weiss gave a talk on the use of mobile devices in the library. I'm taking notes on how to enhance, or rather simplify our library homepage and catalog. She advised taking out the graphics and any java scripts.I'm adding this to my "to-do" list once I get home. Oh the joy (sincere) and joy (light sarcasm) of learning... from my colleagues. sfs

  • After Tina spoke, Daniel Horowitz spoke about the genealogy program Myheritage.com People can use their free download to create their family trees and then upload them to Bet Ha-tefutsot.

  • View 7 new photos


Come back tomorrow for more updates, or visit our Facebook page for up to the minute news.
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Let's see what's new in the world of Jewish books, blogs, libraries and more this week.

From the Jewish Book Council blog, Allegra Goodman on Writing "Jewish" Fiction.

From ResourceShelf, JSTOR Involved as Israel Prepares to Open First Digital Archive of Hebrew Academic Journals.

From the Jewish Publication Society, Making the Cut.

Erika Dreifus of My Machberet talks up the new YIVO Online Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe.

As always if you have feedback or suggestions please either comment below or email me at mcloutier at jewishlibraries.org and have a great Fourth of July weekend.
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From time to time we here at AJL are contacted for review and interview opportunities for new or soon-to-be-released books. Whenever a new stack of books comes across my desk, I'd like to share them with you.
First up is Remedies, Kate Ledger's novel published in hardcover by Amy Einhorn Books: Simon and Emily Bear look like a couple who have it all. Simon is a respected doctor, while Emily shines professionally as a partner in a premier public relations firm. They have a beautiful house in Baltimore and a healthy daughter. But their marriage is scarred by old, hidden wounds. Even as Simon tends his patients' ills, and Emily spins away her clients' mistakes, they can't seem to do the same for themselves or their relationship....In a debut novel on apar with today's top women writers, Remedies explores the extradorinarily compliecated facets of pain, in the nerves of the body and the longings of the heart.

Based upon Availability is Alix Strauss's new book, out now in paperback from HarperCollins: From the very first page of this stunning novel, readers are drawn into the lives of eight seemingly ordinary women who pass through Manhattan's swanky Four Seasons Hotel. While offering sanctuary to some, solace to others, the hotel captures their darkest moments as they grapple with family, sex, power, love, and death.

Stay tuned for an interview with Strauss, coming soon to the AJL blog.

M.L. Malcolm's new novel, Heart of Lies, is also out now in paperback from HarperCollins: Leo Hoffman was born with a gift for languages. When his dreams for the future are destroyed by World War I, the dashing young Hungarian attempts to use his rare talent to reubild his life, only to find himself inadvertently embroiled in an international counterfeiting scheme. Suddenly Leo is wanted across the European continent for a host of crimes, including murder...An epic tale of intrigue, passion, an adventure.



Finally, coming October 26 from Random House is Avi Steinberg's memoir Running the Books: Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from his yeshiva to Harvard, he has only a senior thesis essay on Bugs Bunny to show for his effort. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, he remains stuck at a crossroads, unable to meet the lofty expectations of his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. And his romantic existence as a freelance obituary writer just isn't cutting it. Seeking direction- and dental insurance- Steinberg takes a job as a librarian in a tough Boston prison.




Please feel free to contact me with feedback or other ideas at mcloutier at jewishlibraries.org.
Nancy Pearl is Seattle's superstar librarian. She invented the one-book-one-community concept, she promotes reading through her Book Lust titles, blog, podcast, and TV show, and she even has an librarian action figure modeled after her!

When the AJL convention was in its initial planning stages, Nancy Pearl was asked to be the keynote speaker. Unfortunately, family obligations prevented her from being able to attend, and we were lucky to be able to schedule Dr. Joseph Janes instead. We thought it would still be nice if you all could hear from Nancy, so we asked her for a Convention Countdown interview, and recorded a short conversation with her during Book Expo America in New York in May, 2010. Click the link below to hear the audio clip!

Deluxe Librarian Action Figure

Click here to listen to an interview with Nancy Pearl!

This is the final entry in the Convention Countdown series on People of the Books. Thanks to everyone for reading and for forwarding the link, and mazel tov to all those who won $10 Amazon gift cards in our "Mention Convention" weekly drawings. You have ONE MORE CHANCE to win by sharing this post with friends and colleagues.

See you in Seattle at AJL!



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Enter the Mention Convention weekly drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card by linking back to this interview on your blog, on Facebook, or on Twitter (hashtag #AJL10) — just email pr@jewishlibraries.org to tell us what you did!

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The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak, by Tomek Bogacki. Published 2009 by FSG Kids' Books. Hardcover.

The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak is alternately moving, sad and hopeful. Janusz Korczak, doctor, writer, activist and advocate for children, was born Henryk Goldzmit in 1878 in Poland. Although his own family was well-off, even as a child he felt a great deal of compassion and concern for those, especially children, without his comforts. He fantasized about sweeping in on a white horse to rescue poor children, and when he grew up he became a doctor and founded an orphanage for poor children where they would receive basic care. Importantly, they would also learn to take care of each other- and to care for each other. Over time he started another orphanage and even a newspaper run by the children.

When Polish Jews were forced into the Krochmalna Street ghetto, Korczak tried to maintain a sense of routine and safety for the children by organizing life the best he could and looking for anything and anyone to help them. Ultimately Korczak and his children perished in the Holocaust, but he left behind a legacy of hope and purpose in helping other and following one's dreams.

The book itself is beautifully illustrated and sweetly and simply told and shows how one person can make a difference in the lives of so many, simply by doing what is right. It's a wonderful book to share with children and adults.

Nonfiction Monday is a moving meme headquartered at Picture Book of the Day and hosted this week at Bookish Blather.

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