"People of the Books" Blog

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!


The Jewish Book Carnival: November 2016

The Jewish Book Carnival is a monthly round-up of Jewish literary links from across the blogosphere. Participating bloggers contribute links from their own blogs, and take turns hosting the carnival.

This month's Jewish Book Carnival is being hosted by Heidi Rabinowitz at The Book of Life. Visit bookoflifepodcast.com for links to reviews, author interviews, and more!

If you're a blogger and you'd like to participate, please visit the Jewish Book Carnival HQ on the webpage of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Questions? Email carnival@jewishlibraries.org.


AJL READS, and a Raffle

Thanks to those who sent in suggestions for the AJL Reads virtual book discussion. From among all those excellent suggestions, we have chosen Reading Claudius: A Memoir in Two Parts by Caroline Heller because it’s about the power of literature.

We will hold the book discussion November 1-2, 2016 at our AJL READS Facebook group, where discussion questions will be posted throughout those two days. Author Caroline Heller will join us to answer questions about the book. If you have a Facebook account, you can join the Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ajlreads. If you are not a member of Facebook, you may be able to read the discussion but not participate.

Join the Facebook group any time between now and September 30, 2016 to be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Reading Claudius! Two lucky winners will receive free copies by mail.


The Jewish Library Handbook

Originally published in 1982 as How to Organize a Jewish Library by Margot Berman, this practical guide has been extensively revised and rewritten by AJL's Publications Chair Joyce Levine. 

Contains up to date information on:

  • Starting a New Library
  • The Budget
  • The Collection
  • Cataloging
  • Classification
  • Automation
  • Programming
  • Promotion and Advocacy
  • Accreditation

Also included are sample mission statements and policies for circulation and collection development.

Order your copy of The Jewish Library Handbook here!

For other useful works published by AJL, see our Publications page.