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Delivery for Your Brain

by Leora Alhadeff

March 25, 2004 | 6:59 pm

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.

The Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles (JCLLA) created @ Your Door, a service to send some of its 25,000 books and resource materials directly to your home. From cookbooks to history books to Judaica to kids books, JCLLA will send you materials free of charge.

"At Your Door was conceived as a way to make it convenient for people to use the resources from this library -- many of them are resources people aren't able to find elsewhere," said Abigail Yasgur, the creator of the program. She hopes that the convenience of home delivery will encourage the community to utilize the library -- the only one of its kind completely devoted to books, CDs and DVDs on Jewish history, literature, arts and culture.

You don't even need a membership card. Browse the online card catalog and have your driver's license ready when you call in for checkout. If you live in Los Angeles, @ Your Door will then send off your package with a return label. One catch: You have to cover the cost of return postage. There is also a drop box at the library.

The program -- now one year old -- is popular at schools, where teachers send for materials they can use in the classroom. With a generous grant from the West Coast office of the KARMA Foundation, the library purchased audiobooks and will cater to the visually impaired.

Despite the extra cost of actually sending out the materials, Yasgur feels confident that it's money well spent.

"I love people discovering their Judaism, and if they do it through reading ... or resources like this, it's the greatest thing we can bring the community," she said.

For more information, contact Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles at (323) 761-8644 or www.jclla.org .

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