Fan and Hyman Jacobs Library

The Fan and Hyman Jacobs Library is a treasure trove hidden in plain sight, just a few steps off the main floor of Oheb Shalom. 

With over 5,000 items, there is something for everyone.  Books on philosophy, biography, history, and holidays fill the shelves.  The fiction, selected for all age levels, includes both modern and classic works by Jewish and Israeli authors.  There are special areas for graphic novels and for parenting advice.  A collection of DVDs is growing. 

Borrowing is simple, and there is never a late fee.  The catalog is available online.  Our librarian, Aileen Grossberg, is on site Sunday and Wednesday mornings, but you are welcome any time. 

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THIS WEEK'S Message From Our Librarian

Best Books  2019

Every year librarians and readers wait with bated breath for the announcements of the year’s award winning books.

The American Library Association (ALA) youth announcements come at 8 o’clock in the morning no matter where the announcement is made.

The Association of Jewish Library (AJL) Sydney Taylor Awards (ST) are now announced simultaneously with the ALA awards usually in January. The fiction award is announced shortly after.  This is a really big coup for Jewish children’s books.

The National Jewish Book Awards (NJBA) from the Jewish Book Council are announced via social and traditional media.

Here are some of the best of the best in the Jacob Library’s collection. More are on order.

Bonert             The Mandela Plot. Set against the tension and upheaval of the last days of apartheid, the novel attacks issues of politics and family secrets. (NJBA)

Carroll              Cloister.  Medieval and 20th-century narratives intertwine in this novel of ideas, foremost among them that people at the top often abuse their power over others. (AJL fiction award)

Fletcher           Promised Land. The early days of the State of Israel are seen through the eyes of two brothers. (NJBA fiction)

Klein Halevi      Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor. Klein Halevi explains his motivation for making Aliyah and his aspirations for the State of Israel.  (NJBA)

Lukas                The Last Watchman of Old Cairo. A mysterious package leads Joseph, son of a Muslin father and Jewish mother on a hunt for his family’s roots.    (NJBA fiction)

Sarvas               Memento Park. A painting probably looted from his family during the Holocaust, leads Matt on a chase to revels his family’s secrets. (AJL fiction award)

Nadelson          Fourth Corner of the World. Short stories feature characters let loose from their roots. (AJL fiction award)

Auxier              Sweep: the story of a girl and her monster. Nan, a 19th century chimney sweep, inadvertently creates a golem. (ST)

Churnin            Irving Berlin. A visually interesting picture book biography of the famed song writer. (NJBA)

Folman             Anne Frank’s Diary: Graphic adaptation. A surprisingly effective version of the diary authorized by the Anne Frank Center. (ST)

Jenkins             All of a Kind Family Hanukkah. This stand-alone story featuring the beloved family is a perfect introduction to the series. Great art work. (ST/ NJBA/ ALA)

Perl                  All Three Stooges. The plot paints a realistic picture of grief and its effect on young people who may have never experienced loss when Noah has to deal with the suicide of his best friend’s father.  (ST/ NJBA)

Rosenstock       Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall’s life. This look at Chagall’s life and work uses the many windows he designed as inspiration. (ST)

Sasso                Regina Persisted: an untold story. A picture book biography of the first woman rabbi.  (NJBA)

Zalben              A Moon for Moe and Mo. Jewish Moe and Muslim Mo find that they share many characteristics. (ST)

Zusman            The Passover Parrot.  This classic story of the parrot that almost spoils the Passover Four Questions has been reissued with new pictures.  (ST)

Aileen Grossberg, Librarian

Librarian Hours: Wednesdays & Sundays from 9 am to 12 pm. The library is open daily.