"People of the Books" Blog

Link Roundup

Here's some great links from around the blogosphere this week. If you know of a great blog you'd like me to read and include in these roundups please send me a note at mcloutier at jewishlibraries.org.

From Tablet Magazine, Sukkah of the Soul.

A Sukkot Link Round-up from Jewesses with Attitude.

From Stephen's Lighthouse, Pew/Nielsen: The Rise of Apps Culture.

From ACRLog, Ready, Set, Teach: You in the Classroom. This is the first in a new series of academic-librarian guest bloggers.

Netflix in libraries and hypocrisy, from Information Wants to be Free.

J Literary Links from the Jewish Book Council.

Link Roundup

Here are this week's links from around the blogosphere on books, librarianship and more.

Ray Frank's Historic High Holy Day Services, from The Sisterhood.

Inspiring Stuff to Read, Take 2, from Information Wants to be Free.

Favorite Fictional Jewish Characters, from the Jewish Book Council Blog.

Rising Through the Ranks: On Upward Mobility in Librarianship, from In the Library with a Lead Pipe.

Yom Kippur Machzor Translated for Brazilian Jews, from the Jerusalem Post.

New Jewish Poetry from Yehoshua November from the Jewish Literary Review.

Jewish Book Carnival

Today is the Jewish Book Carnival!


This month the Carnival is hosted by The Jewish Publication Society here.

The carnival was started by Heidi Estrin and Marie Cloutier to build community among bloggers and blogs who feature Jewish books. It will run every month on the 15th.

We have hosts lined up through the end of 2010 but if you are interested in hosting the carnival on your blog sometime in 2011, feel free to contact Marie at [email protected]raries.org.

Click here for the full schedule and list of participating blogs.

The Jewish Book Carnival has a GoodReads page, where we host discussions and more. Whether or not you’re participating, we hope you’ll stop by, join and take part!

For now, head over to the Jewish Publication Society and check out this month's collection of great links.

Link Roundup

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.

Recent Books about the Fall Holidays

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)