PJ Library of Greater New Haven
Free Books for Jewish Children!
Jewish books will now find their way into older children’s homes as the PJ Library in New Haven expands its free monthly book program to include 7 and 8-year-olds.
Saskia Swenson Moss, director of the PJ Library program in Greater New Haven, says, “I have three children enrolled in the program. We love receiving a lively Shalom Sesame DVD for our two year old, a beautifully illustrated Rosh Hashanah story for the 5 year old, and a funny, modern graphic novel for the eight year old. These are truly gifts.” PJ Library creates an opportunity for Jewish conversation from parent to child, as well as parent to parent.
The New Haven PJ Library has been serving children from the ages of 6 months to 6.5 years for five years, but through the provision of an anonymous donor it can now offer older children age-appropriate books. All segments of the Jewish community can enroll in the program; there is no need to be a member of a synagogue or JCC. The program for the entire Greater New Haven area is headquartered at the JCC in Woodbridge but books are distributed throughout Southern Connecticut.
There are also PJ events, such as Shabbat Friends on Fridays which often feature local rabbis, educators or performers. Most of these programs are held at the JCC in Woodbridge but they are also held at different locations throughout Greater New Haven. This month, PJ Library sent out 84,000 books across North America into 155 communities.