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Reading-in-Place:  Library resources in a time of Corona

With sheltler-in-place and social distance public health measures in place, many of us are looking for other ways to meet our literary and book-loving needs.  Even as restrictions are easing, and curbside services are available from the public library and local bookstores, many have come to appreciate offerings across the country, and even around the world, available through virtual platforms.  Below is an ongoing list of sources to keep current with published fiction and non-fiction, arts, culture, history ... on Jewish themes.  We're trying to update this as often as needed – sometimes daily – so check back often.

Upcoming Highlights

 

As we approach the High Holidays, many Jewish communal organizations are focusing on holiday observances, liturgy and study sources.  Thus the literary offerings are thin on the ground for the time being.  We will begin to update this list again once the holidays are over.  In the meantime, you can find recordings of past programs listed in the "Ongoing Book Talks & Events" section.

 

Ongoing Book Talks & Events

Jewish Community Library (SF)
  
https://jewishlearning.works/jewish-community-library/jewish-community-library-events/

Sperber Community Library (LA) 
   https://www.aju.edu/whizin-center-continuing-education/sperber-community-library

B'Yachad Together – American Jewish University
   https://www.aju.edu/byachad-together

Quarantine(ish) Book Talks – Jewish Women's Archive / Jewish Live  
   https://jwa.org/events

Authors at the Table – Jewish Book Council
   
https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/events/jbc-authors-at-the-table

Jewish Lives podcasts
  
https://www.jewishlive.org/

YIVO Institute events
   
https://yivo.org/Calendar

Great Jewish Books Book Club – Yiddish Book Center 
   
https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/language-literature-culture/great-jewish-book-club

Virtual Events – Yiddish Book Center
   
https://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit/calendar-events

The Forward – events
   
https://forward.com/tag/events/

JewishLive
   
https://www.jewishlive.org/jewishlive-1

    Richard Elliott Friedman: Return to Torah – Jewish Live
    Mondays 10am PDT  (1pm EDT) – note new time
    https://www.jewishlive.org/returntotorah

    Containing Multitudes with Joy Ladin – JewishLive
    Tuesdays (see schedule for topics/speakers), 11am PDT (2pm EDT)
    https://www.jewishlive.org/multitudes

    What's Up with G-d?  with Sarah Hurwitz – JewishLive
    Wednesdays 5pm PDT (8pm EDT)
    https://www.jewishlive.org/whatsup

Center for Jewish History 
      
https://programs.cjh.org/

Jewish Wisdom for Coping with a Pandemic - American Mussar
   Thursdays 4-5pm PDT
   https://americanmussar.com/jewish-wisdom-for-coping/

MERCAZ Reads Israel
    "
online book club featuring contemporary Israeli literature"
    https://www.mercazusa.org/readsisraeljune2020/

Classrooms Without Borders – Weekly Book Discussion
 
Wednesdays, 1pm PDT (4pm EDT)
  https://classroomswithoutborders.org/events/

What to Read – Reading Lists

A quarantine reading list for the gap year – Jerusalem Post
    
https://www.jpost.com/opinion/a-quarantine-reading-list-for-the-gap-year-639928

Forthcoming Jewish Books – Erika Dreifus
   https://www.erikadreifus.com/2020/08/forthcoming-jewish-books/

Editor's Picks – The Jewish Book Council
    
https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/books/search?is_editors_pick=1

The Sidney Taylor Schmooze: a mock book award blog – Association of Jewish Libraries
   
https://www.sydneytaylorshmooze.com/

Jewish Kidlit Mavens – Facebook Group
    
https://www.facebook.com/groups/JewishKidlitMavens/

Jewish Women's Archive 2019-202 Bookshelf
    https://jwa.org/programs/bookclub/bookshelf

Great Jewish Books email series – My Jewish Learning 
    
https://www.myjewishlearning.com/sign-up-for-the-great-jewish-books-email-series/

The Black Jewish Experience: Love Your Neighbor  #7 – Association of Jewish Libraries
    
https://jewishlibraries.org/blog/id/461

Civil Rights and Race reading list – Jewish Book Council
     https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/books/reading-lists/civil-rights-and-race

A Jewish Anti-racist Reading List for Children of All Ages – Kveller
      
https://www.kveller.com/a-jewish-anti-racist-reading-list-for-children-of-all-ages/

Book Sources

Santa Cruz Public Library – https://www.santacruzpl.org/
  Update: Curbside pick-up available  - see https://www.santacruzpl.org/pages/curbside-pickup/
  Download/Stream (ebooks/audiobooks) – https://www.santacruzpl.org/ematerials/ 
  Wide selection of mostly popular ebook and audiobook titles, same as or similar to Kindle or Audible
  Free to registered SC Public Library card holders – SCPL barcode # required 

PJ Library - "free books for Jewish children"
    
https://pjlibrary.org/home

    "The Most Important Jewish Philanthropist You’ve Never Heard Of"
      - portrait of PJ Library's Harold Grinspoon
       https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/community/articles/harold-grinspoon

Judaism / Project Gutenberg – http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Judaism_(Bookshelf)
  Selection of free, public-domain texts

Bookshop Santa Cruz – curbside pick-up – https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/curbside

Bookshop.com – https://bookshop.papertrell.com/ 
    "Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support independent
      bookstores and give back to the book community."

Libro.fm Audiobooks– https://libro.fm/
   "Same audiobooks.  Same price.  Different story."

ABE Books – https://www.abebooks.com/
    Used, rare, and collectable book portal for independent book sellers.

Better World Books – https://www.betterworldbooks.com/
    Online used and discount book seller with a social justice mission.

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