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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

Below is a selection of programs scheduled in coming weeks.   All programs are free unless indicated otherwise.   For past events – and some items outside of the our criteria – take a look at "Ongoing Book Talks & Events" section.

And the Bride Closed the Door by Jessica Cohen – JWA Quarantine(ish) Book Talks
   Thursday, April 15, 5pm PT (8pm ET)

1000 Jewish Cookbooks with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett – Jewish Community Library
    Sunday, April 18, 2pm PDT

Apeirogon: A Novel by Colum McCann – Association of Jewish Libraries
   Tuesday, April 20, 9:30 am PT

The Light of Days by Judy Batalion – YIVO
     Tuesday, April 20, 10 am PT

A Conversation with Walter Isaacson – AARP
    Tuesday, April 20, 4 pm PDT;F:QS!10100&ShowUUID=7CCDD639-1D0F-4BE1-8357-5E442946505F&AffiliateData=Roundup

National Poetry Month w/ Joy Ladin, Shara McCallum, Lesléa Newman – JWA Quarantine(ish) Book Talks
    Thursday, April 22, 5pm PT (8pm ET)

How Yehuda Amichai's Poetry Became Popular Song – Jewish Community Library
    Thursday, April 22, 7pm PT

The Book of V by Anna Solomon - Drop-in Book Club, Jewish Community Library
    Sunday, April 25, 11am PDTj

"The Dead Man" by Sholem Asch – radio drama – Yiddish Book Center
     Sunday, April 25, 4pm PDT (7pm EDT) 

Uncovering Secrets – Jewish Community Library
     Wednesday, April 28, 7pm PDT

The Color of Love by Marra B. Gad – TBE Sisterhood
   Thursday, April 29, 7:30pm PDT 

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert – JWA Quarantine(ish) Book Talks
   Thursday, April 29, 5pm PT (8pm ET)

Ongoing Book Talks & Events

Jewish Journal Streaming Guide

Jewish Community Library (SF)

Sperber Community Library (LA)

B'Yachad Together – American Jewish University

Quarantine(ish) Book Talks – Jewish Women's Archive / Jewish Live

Authors at the Table – Jewish Book Council

YIVO Institute events

Yiddish Book Center 
  Virtual Events Calendar

The Forward – events

  • The Plagues Project –

Center for Jewish History

What to Read – Reading Lists

Holiday Highlights – best Jewish holiday children’s books of Spring 2021 – AJL

A quarantine reading list for the gap year – Jerusalem Post

Forthcoming Jewish Books – Erika Dreifus

Editor's Picks – The Jewish Book Council

The Sidney Taylor Schmooze: a mock book award blog – Association of Jewish Libraries

Jewish Kidlit Mavens – Facebook Group

Jewish Women's Archive 2019-202 Bookshelf

Great Jewish Books email series – My Jewish Learning

The Black Jewish Experience: Love Your Neighbor  #7 – Association of Jewish Libraries

Civil Rights and Race reading list – Jewish Book Council

A Jewish Anti-racist Reading List for Children of All Ages – Kveller

Book Sources

Santa Cruz Public Library –
  Update: Curbside pick-up available  - see
  Download/Stream (ebooks/audiobooks) – 
  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"

    "The Most Important Jewish Philanthropist You’ve Never Heard Of"
      - portrait of PJ Library's Harold Grinspoon

Judaism / Project Gutenberg –
  Selection of free, public-domain texts

Bookshop Santa Cruz – curbside pick-up – – 
    "Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support independent
      bookstores and give back to the book community." Audiobooks–
   "Same audiobooks.  Same price.  Different story."

ABE Books –
    Used, rare, and collectable book portal for independent book sellers.

Better World Books –
    Online used and discount book seller with a social justice mission.

Sun, April 18 2021 6 Iyar 5781