Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

You know that feeling you get when your body is telling you to close your eyes and go to sleep but your brain is entirely rapt by the book in your hands? This one’s like that. TODAY  TONIGHT  TOMORROW, by Rachel Lynn Solomon, is a teen romance about Rowan and Neil, two high school rivals whose tauntsContinue reading “Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon”

No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen

NO VACANCY (Groundwood Books, 2020), a middle grade novel by Tziporah Cohen, takes us through a budding friendship, a seemingly innocent ruse that fools a community, and an emotional journey that leads to a young girl’s realization of people’s differences and her first real connection to her Jewish identity. Miriam’s family moves from Manhattan toContinue reading “No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen”

Miriam at the River by Jane Yolen and Khoa Le

Jane Yolen, who notably published her 400th book this month, earned Sydney Taylor accolades for one more in 2021: MIRIAM AT THE RIVER, illustrated by Khoa Le. In this picture book, Yolen tells the earliest part of the Passover story from Miriam’s point of view, in first person. The protagonist expresses her thoughts, hopes, andContinue reading “Miriam at the River by Jane Yolen and Khoa Le”

The Polio Pioneer – Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

This biographical narrative of Dr. Jonas Salk, written by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Lisa Anchin, was a delight to get on my doorstep; even after I ordered it, several colleagues recommended it as a must-read. The story of THE POLIO PIONEER is approachable and engaging, letting kids see themselves in the character ofContinue reading “The Polio Pioneer – Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine”

Make a Custom Haggadah Online

Passover is coming soon! Are you ready?? This resource lets you customize a haggadah that’s just right for your family traditions. I went on there hoping to capture the conservative familiarity of our good old Maxwell House haggadah but make it easier to navigate now that our family has grown so large. I could playContinue reading “Make a Custom Haggadah Online”

Saranit Goes to Washington

The 2015 conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries was number 50 for the organization, and I was happy to be a part of it! Our sessions included lectures by unique authors and children’s illustrators, subject experts from research institutions, and workshops on unique topics. Dr. Monika Schreiber from the Judaica Library at the University ofContinue reading “Saranit Goes to Washington”

7000th item added to the collection!

Debbie Friedman landed a spot as the 7000th item in the Nancy Mae Shaines Memorial Library catalog today. Good way to end a great year here at the library! Come check out our newly acquired books, music, and movies, including JGuys Guide: GPS for the Jewish Teen, and the graphic novels Rabbi Harvey Rides Again and Hereville: HowContinue reading “7000th item added to the collection!”

Movie Night in Portsmouth

Time to show some real love for Israel and celebrate positive interactions between children of different backgrounds! Recommended by several congregation members, this wonderful, award-winning movie may remind us of the power of understanding and the importance of just being kids. Join us Thursday, January 22nd at 7:00 for the next Movie Night, sponsored by usContinue reading “Movie Night in Portsmouth”