"People of the Books" Blog

Groner-Wikler Applications Being Accepted Now

Applications are now being accepted for the Groner-Wikler scholarship for AJL conference attendance.  The application deadline is February 24, 2017. The Groner-­Wikler Scholarship of $1500 for conference attendance is generously underwritten by Kar-Ben Publishing and given annually to a member of AJL who demonstrates dedication to Jewish children’s literature or library services.

A member of AJL, this individual will have made a significant contribution in one or more of the areas listed below. Extra consideration is given to applicants who are considered promising new movers and shakers in the field of Jewish children’s literature and services. 

>     Active involvement in the Judaic library profession or related fields promoting Jewish children’s literacy

>     Strong advocacy for library/literacy services to children and youth

>     Positive role model to colleagues and the wider community

>     Innovative approaches to Jewish children’s literature or library services

Candidates may self-nominate, or be nominated by others. The nominator does not have to be a member of AJL, but the nominee must be a current AJL member. The winner will be selected by a committee made up of the AJL SSC President and Vice-President, the children’s book editor(s) of AJL Reviews, and the previous year’s winner of this award.

The recipient will be notified well before the registration deadline for the Association of Jewish Libraries annual conference. The presentation of the award will take place during the AJL conference.

Note: If a suitable candidate is not found, the scholarship will not be awarded in that year.

Nominator or applicant (may self-nominate) should fill out the attached form and email it with any supporting materials to AJL SSC President Kathy Bloomfield at kathybloomfield@gmail.com  by February 24, 2017. Please put “2017 Groner-Wikler Scholarship” in the subject line.

Another December Discount, and a Carnival

In addition to the December Discount for AJL members being offered by Ben Yehuda Press, we have another deal from Kline Books! Visit http://www.klinebooks.com  during the month of December 2016 and use the coupon code that was emailed to you. You will receive a 10% discount, and an additional 10% will be donated to AJL. 

Thank you to Eric Chaim Kline for offering this discount.

We are also pleased to announce that the December Jewish Book Carnival is being hosted by Fig Tree Books. Visit Fig Tree's blog for a round dozen links relating to Jewish literature, including reviews and interviews!


December Discount for AJL Members

Ben Yehuda Press is offering a December Discount for all AJL Members.

Visit http://www.BenYehudaPress.com during December 2016 and use the coupon code when making your purchase. You will receive a 10% discount, and an additional 10% will be donated to AJL!

The coupon code has been emailed to all current AJL members. If you do not receive it on December 1, please check your Junk or Spam folder, or contact Membership Chair Shulamis Hes at membership@jewishlibraries.org.

Thank you to Larry Yudelson at Ben Yehuda Press for arranging this discount.

Happy Shopping!

Sydney Taylor Posters are Back!


Sydney Taylor posterAbout ten years ago AJL offered limited amounts of these 18” X 24” posters of our celebrated children’s award, but we sold out pretty quickly. Now, we have printed another run and are offering them for $18 each, with shipping at $8.00. (due to the poster tube needed) Note that there is only one shipping charge for multiple posters, if they are all going to the same address. 

To pay by credit card, click here.

If you prefer to pay by check, please send your checks for $26.00 made out to the Association of Jewish Libraries to the address below:

Sperber Jewish Community Library
15600 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077

Make sure to specify the quantity, and the exact address you want it sent to, and a phone number in case we need to contact you.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Silverman (Lisa.silverman@aju.edu)

#Readukkah 2016


The Association of Jewish Libraries and the Jewish Book Council present the second annual reading challenge for readers of all ages, #Readukkah! To participate, all you have to do is read one #JewLit book and post your review to the event discussion board on Facebook—or post a link to your review anywhere online—and use the hashtag #Readukkah to connect with other readers. #Readukkah takes place December 1-8, 2016.

By sharing your #Readukkah reviews, your participation in this reading challenge helps spread the word about worthwhile titles, bringing them to the attention of more readers and supporting the publication of Jewish books!

RSVP to the #Readukkah Facebook Event to let us know you'll be participating!

What if you don't use Facebook? Review a #JewLit book on a blog, GoodReads, Amazon, YouTube, etc. and send the link to Heidi at carnival@jewishlibraries.org. She will post your review on Facebook for you. Happy Reading!