The Hodari Family Children’s Library and Media Center provides our students of all ages with access to the Internet, and a vast array of Hebrew and Judaic software programs and CD-ROMS. The Media Center also offers four color televisions that provide surround sound for a video or computer presentation, as well as an additional television and VCR/DVD players. Nursery, Religious, and Hebrew School students regularly visit the Media Center for computer enrichment programs.
The Children’s Library consists of over 5,000 books, audio and video tapes, compact disks, puzzles, and games of Jewish content for children, pre-school through high school. The reading nook caters to the library’s youngest visitors. Soft-sided furniture and child-sized tables and chairs offer children a welcoming place to read, watch a video, or play and work with friends. Adult-sized tables and chairs accommodate our older students and are ideal for small group meetings.
The Schelberg Family Shabbat Birthday Fund provides children with the gift of a new Jewish book at the Family Shabbat Mishpacha/Shelanu Services each month. Special Shabbat library hours are also held each month, during the school year after services.
The Girls and the Boys Book Clubs hold their meetings in the Hodari Family Children’s Library. And, a special story hour for children ages five and younger are planned throughout the year.
The Weinberg Family Library, located across from the chapel, is an adult library for both the congregation and the community. The library houses a collection of over 10,000 volumes on Jewish theology, history, and philosophy, Jewish life in the United States and the rest of the world, Israeli studies, art, music, language, and literature. There is a large collection of adult fiction ranging from classic to current. American, European and Israeli authors are included. It is also the focal point for adult education and Torah study, and the meeting place for our monthly book clubs and Committee meetings.
The Temple Israel Libraries are staffed by Lauren Marcus Johnson, Director, and Joan Brand, Assistant Librarian Archivist. Please do not hesitate to contact them by phone or e-mail if you need assistance in our libraries.
The libraries are always looking for new volunteers. No experience necessary! Volunteers are needed to re-shelve books, process new books, and staff the annual Book Fairs. Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are welcome to complete their Mitzvah Project in the libraries.