The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles announced plans on March 14 to close the Slavin Children’s Library, which is located in the lobby of its Wilshire Boulevard building, to make room for an expansion of the Zimmer Children’s Museum. The space will become the new Slavin’s Children’s Center.
When Susan Kent was a child in Westchester County, N.Y., she read her way through the public library children’s section and then headed over to the adult books. When the librarian told Kent they were for adults only, she called in her father. “My father came to the library and said, ‘She can read anything she wants,’ ” Kent recalled.
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It has long been a cliché that Los Angeles does not respect the culture of the book. It is true that this town famously eviscerated Faulkner and Fitzgerald, that Hollywood suits to this day treat screenwriters the way Henry VIII treated his wives. Yet, it is also true that Los Angeles has spawned unique brands of literature, such as the hard-boiled detective story.
The Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School West team labored close to two years on their assignment. They administered surveys, compiled data and poured through reams of material. This homework, however, was completed not by students, but by staff and faculty. And the project was not so much required as extra credit.
You never forget your first, and mine was Milton Steinberg. Not his novel, "As a Driven Leaf." I'd read that later in life, after my wife, a rabbi, looked at me unbelievingly one day and said, "You've never read 'As a Driven Leaf?'"
Need an amazing challah recipe? Want a book on Jewish history for your child's report? How about a film for the next holiday? Well, now you can order in.
Dr. Louis Shub is credited with building the UJ's library from a modest collection to one of the largest collections of Judaica on the West Coast, distinguished for its holdings in Jewish history, the Middle East and Israel, rabbinical literature and Hebrew fiction and literature.
The train stopped at a country town, and the conductor asked if Rosenbush was Jewish. Hearing that he was, the conductor told Rosenbush that nearby Demopolis was home to several Jewish businessmen.
Sally Hyam didn't mind working on her birthday. A librarian for the last 19 years at the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles (JCLLA), Hyam was actually delighted that some 40 visitors were checking out books and videos at the opening reception celebrating the library's new location in The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles building at 6505 Wilshire Blvd.
Rules of etiquette suggest that one must whisper in a library. But for the Jewish Community Library of Greater Los Angeles, that rule is just the beginning.
The library recently held its culminating ceremony for a group of youngsters enrolled in its Children's Etiquette and Social Grace class. This is the first time that the institution has sponsored such a class.
The idea developed after the library director Abigail Yasgur and children's director Sylvia Lowe, children's librarian, enrolled their respective youngsters in an etiquette class.
"Libraries are not just about the books," Lowe said. "They're becoming meeting places for people in the community."
Read any good Hebrew books lately?
If you live in the Valley -- we'll assume you read Hebrew -- you'll most likely have picked up the latest Ram Oren techno-thriller or Naomi Ragen frummie-potboiler at the recently opened Steimatzky bookstore on Ventura Boulevard near Corbin.
Abigail Yasgur has a vision for the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles.
To reach David Hirsch's narrow, cluttered office at UCLA, you traverse bare, labyrynthine corridors in the basement of the University Research Library.
Last month,the Association of Jewish Libraries announced the winners of its Sydney Taylor Award for this year's most distinguished contributions to Jewish children's literature.