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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]

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)

New Online Learning Homepage from ALA

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!

Posted by Marie.

Link Roundup

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.