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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.

The Art of the Jewish Family by Laura Leibman – JWA Quarantine(ish) Book Talks
     Thursday, November 12, 5 p.m. PT /  8 p.m. ET

Jew­ish Chil­dren’s Book Writ­ers and Illus­tra­tors’ Seminar – Jewish Book Council
       Sunday, November 15, 10am–5pm ET ($150 registration)

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb  – Limmud Book Club
     Tuesday, November 17 @ 6:00 pm PST (8:00 pm EST)

What We Will Become by Mimi Lemay – JWA Quarantine(ish) Book Talks
    Thursday, November 19, 5:oopm PT / 8:00 p.m. ET

Avrom Sutzkever: Ten Poems – YIVO 
     Monday, November 23, 10am PST (1pm ET)

 The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas illustrated by Maira Kalman  – JWA Quarantine(ish) Book Talks
      Thursday, December 3, 8:00 p.m. ET

Keeping It in the Family: Yiddish Writers and Their Legacies – Yiddish Book Center
     Thursday, December 3, 4pm PST (7pm ET)

Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature by Miriam Udel
    Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30 PM PST

Sharing the Work by Myra Stober  – JWA Quarantine(ish) Book Talks
       Thursday, December 10, 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET

The Genius of Women by  Janice Kaplan – JWA Quarantine(ish) Book Talks
      Thursday, December 17, 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET

The Color of Water – Drop-in Book Discussion – Jewish Community Library
      Sunday, January 10, 12:30-1:30pm PST

Ongoing Book Talks & Events

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

Great Jewish Books Book Club – Yiddish Book Center

Virtual Events – Yiddish Book Center

The Forward – events


Center for Jewish History

What to Read – Reading Lists

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.

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