PJ Library is a national outreach program sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in partnership with local organizations such as the JCL. Books with Jewish content and themes are mailed, for free, to children ages six months through eight years of age to families with Jewish connections.
Books had been limited to the household where the child resides. Now, after years of requests, the program is expanding and grandparents can receive their own copies of PJ Library books. For a limited time, PJ Library grandparents can receive four free PJ Library books to share with their grandchildren.
Many feel that PJ Library books are a tool to teach holidays, Jewish ethics, heritage and history. Now grandparents have the opportunity to start their own collection of these award-winning books so that they too can share the joy of reading Jewish stories with their grandchildren.
All PJ Library families will receive a letter directly from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation informing them how to sign up grandparents, or Louisville PJ grandparents can simply register on their own at pjlibrary.org/grandparents.
Sign-ups are open until Monday, August 29, and the books will be mailed in October and in December, right before Chanukah.
To be eligible, grandparents must have grandchildren who are already signed up for PJ Library. However, Louisville has subscriptions available and any grandparent can also sign up their grandchild in order to receive their own subscription. Either register at pjlibrary.org or contact me, Jennifer Tuvlin, PJ Library director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PJ Library decided to make the investment of allowing grandparents to receive their own books after direct feedback from PJ grandparents who want to support PJ Library, receive the books and play a role in bringing Jewish stories, traditions, and values into their grandchildren’s lives. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation believes that PJ Library can be a multigenerational program.
Prior to this national announcements, PJ Library in Louisville had already made plans for a multi-generational challah making event to be held at The Temple in November and is thrilled that the national parent organization agrees with the importance of engaging grandparents in the Jewish education of their grandchildren.
PJ Library has a full slate of events planned for the fall and encourages PJ grandparents to not only get their own books, but to join us for family friendly, Jewish programming.
To learn more about PJ Library, go to www.jewishlouisville.org/pjlibrary. To receive more information about grandparent/grandchild events, please email Jennifer Tuvlin at email@example.com.