Save the books for L.A. Jewish kids!

The local Jewish children’s library here in L.A. will be closing in a month and a half. It gets plenty of visitors, but the Federation wants to let the Zimmer Museum (a bigger money-maker) use the space.


Think she heard the Jewish Library is closing? (Picture available through Creative Commons–rumolay on Flickr)

Regular patrons like me are grumbling. How else can we feed the voracious literary appetites of our Jewish kids without breaking the bank? PJ Library is a fabulous resource, but has three drawbacks:

  1. Kids can’t select their own titles to read.
  2. Kids can only receive books for a small window of childhood.
  3. Kids get only one book a month.

This past Sunday, the Jewish library was packed for the monthly Read with Dogs event, and the parents bemoaned the closure. We’re upset that the amazing librarian, Amy, will lose her job, and will miss the books and activities that we’ve enjoyed there.

There’s a Facebook Page for the effort to save the book collection at a new location. If anyone has the link, please post it below in the comments. It’ll only work through grassroots efforts.

Bear With Me

When you actually make it to regular pediatrician visits for all your kids–and you’ve got a few kids–you spend a lot of time with the aforementioned pediatrician. So you shmooze. Over the last couple years, part of our shmooze has been on the topic of his son-in-law’s picture book.

It came out not too long ago, and I have to recommend it, not only is it by a friend of a friend (so to speak), it’s by a local author and actually very worthy of a recommendation. Max Kornell’s Bear with Me is quite a charming book and got lots of giggles out of my kids.

A little boy’s parents bring home someone new to live with them. Someone who takes up a lot of his parents’ attention. Someone who tampers with his belongings and makes him lose sleep at night. Sound familiar? However, this little boy didn’t get a new baby…he got a new bear.

While some of the reviews I’ve read recommend this book for children with new siblings, I think it would be even better for kids with an ADOPTED sibling on the way. Here’s why: the little boy and the new bear are able to enjoy each other’s company rather quickly. It can take a while before newborns are entertaining and engaging. This would probably be good to discuss before a new baby comes home, otherwise your elder children might be disgusted by the family’s new addition.

Other than that little picky point, I highly recommend this funny little book for kids, ages 3-7.