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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
     https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/8uG8YGs/QBC

Jew­ish Chil­dren’s Book Writ­ers and Illus­tra­tors’ Seminar – Jewish Book Council
       Sunday, November 15, 10am–5pm ET ($150 registration)
      https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/events/jewish-childrens-book-writers-and-illustrators-seminar-2020

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb  – Limmud Book Club
     Tuesday, November 17 @ 6:00 pm PST (8:00 pm EST)
     https://limmudna.org/event/book-club-nobody-will-tell-you-this-but-me-bess-kalb/

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

    https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/8uG8YGs/QBC

Avrom Sutzkever: Ten Poems – YIVO 
     Monday, November 23, 10am PST (1pm ET)
     https://yivo.org/Ten-Poems

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

      https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/8uG8YGs/QBC

Keeping It in the Family: Yiddish Writers and Their Legacies – Yiddish Book Center
     Thursday, December 3, 4pm PST (7pm ET)
     https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YF4B8umYTniqwJPm77nMAA

Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature by Miriam Udel
    Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30 PM PST
     https://forms.gle/4FZmmK9CCiZ1fAWbA

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

       https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/8uG8YGs/QBC

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

      https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/8uG8YGs/QBC

The Color of Water – Drop-in Book Discussion – Jewish Community Library
      Sunday, January 10, 12:30-1:30pm PST
      https://forms.gle/8YXyCPLff9cR2aGy5

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

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/

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

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.

Mon, November 23 2020 7 Kislev 5781