THE ISADORE AND SYLVIA BLANKSTEIN LIBRARY
2016 – 2017 LIBRARY BOOK CLUB SCHEDULES
If you want to get a head start on your reading for the fall book club meetings, here are the schedules for September, October and November. The complete schedule will be published at a later date.
AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB
Mondays, 1:30 pm in the Bride’s Room
September 19, 2016 The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
October 10, 2016 Canceled - No Meeting
November 21, 2016 The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
December 19, 2016 Thinking Fast, and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
January 16, 2017 Washing the Dead by Michelle Brafman
February 20, 2017 Run You Down by Julia Dahl
March 20, 2017 Tunnel, Smuggle, Collect: A Holocaust Boy by Jeffrey Gingold
April 25, 2017 The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
May 18, 2017 The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem by Sarit Yishai-Levi
EVENING BOOK CLUB
Wednesdays, 7:00 pm in members’ homes
September 21, 2016 – Marti F. The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks (Marti)
October 19, 2016 – Judy W. Washing the Dead by Michelle Brofman (Bobby)
November 16, 2016 – Bobby M. The Golem of Paris by Jonathan Kellerman (Marti)
December 21, 2016 – Bobbie F. Tunnel, Smuggle, Capture by Jeffery Gingold (Judy W.)
January 18, 2017 – Judy Z. The Aleppo Codex by Mattie Friedman (Judy Z.)
February 15, 2017 – Bonnie P. The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer (Judy W.)
March 15, 2017 - The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman (Bobby)
April 19, 2017 – Luda T. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (Judy Z.)
May 17, 2017 – Gail S. Run You Down by Julia Dahl (Bobby)
Here´s an additional opportunity to support the library with a newly-designed bookplate that is available with a donation of $18. In addition to sending a notice of your donation, the library will create a bookplate that includes the name of the person or event you are honoring or memorializing and your name. The bookplate will be placed in the front of a new book – a lasting reminder of a special person and of your generosity to the library.
Would you like to experience first-hand what the children do when they visit the library?
Then be a library volunteer and see how we bring children and books together in a relaxed and welcoming setting. The experience will be varied, fun and rewarding.
If you want to find out more, please call the library at 352-7310.
About the Isadore & Sylvia Blankstein Library
Handicap Accessible : Yes
Description of Collection : Representative collection of general Jewish reference materials, Bible-related studies, rabbinical literature, Jewish philosophical and biographical works; the arts and literature; comprehensive collection in the areas of Jewish religion and theology, sociology, and history; biography; and fiction.
Children´s Materials : Extensive collection, including approximately 1000 fiction and 800 nonfiction titles.
Periodicals : Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle , Jerusalem Post, Forward, Jerusalem Report, and Hadassah .
Hebrew/Yiddish Materials : Yes
Audio/Visual Materials : Minimal collection
Librarian : Open
A Personal Message from Paula Fine, Librarian
The New Year is all about reflecting on the past and looking ahead to the future. I have been doing just that as I complete my tenth year as librarian. My history at the synagogue goes back to 1980, when I received my Master’s Degree in Library Science and was hired by Sisterhood to be the synagogue’s first professional librarian. Rabbi Herbert Panitch and I worked together to design the library space on the first floor in what was then the “new addition”. I remained as librarian for three years and returned again in 2005.
The years have been exciting, challenging and fulfilling for me. It has been my joy to be the steward of the library, inaugurating an automation system and creating a variety of programs for patrons of all ages. But all good things must come to an end, and as the library approaches another phase in its history, I will be retiring. Just as I helped create a library in 1980, an opportunity exists for my successor to fashion a new library that reflects changing circumstances and changing needs.
I leave with wonderful memories of the people I met along the way: the children, parents and teachers; synagogue clergy and staff; Sisterhood members; the library’s loyal patrons and members of the book clubs. They have all enriched my life immeasurably.
I wish all my friends at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid a year filled with the blessings of good health, happiness and peace. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me to guide the treasure that is the Isadore and Sylvia Blankstein Library. I will always be grateful for the opportunity.