This post was written last week but accidentally didn’t get posted.
The library and its librarian is back after the break due to the Passover festivities. Today was another fun day at the library.
I got a call earlier the week that today the religious school school’s 10-12 year old students will need books on Israel. Thus as soon as I got into the library I pulled 3+3 books for them. The first set of three included
- Arthur Tcholakian’s “Israel, land of promise” a 30 year old paperback full of excellent black and white photographs
- David Bamberger’s “Young Person’s History of Israel“, a great introduction to Israel in five parts: A land and a people, early Zionism, the road to independence, building a state, Israel today
- A Kid’s Catalog of Israel by Chaya M. Burstein is more in depth than the other two and the drawings are also funny and helpful.
The other three books I thought the children might enjoy are large format picture books:
- Israel, 50 Years: As Seen by Magnum Photographers
- The Israel I Love by Noel Calef
- Israel: The Promised Land by Jacob K. Javits
While I was pulling these out a a teacher came in and asked my help to translate some Hebrew words to English for a game. The first two dictionaries I grabbed didn’t help, but with the third one it was a breeze.
Next I checked in the books that were left in the library’s inbox. I had mixed feeling about it. On the one hand it was good to see that people are using the library and returning books in an timely manner. On the other hand all of these books were Passover related and with one exception all for children. This signaled that the library use is event/holiday driven, we didn’t have a lot of other traffic recently. Furthermore it’s great that adults borrow books for their children, but what about themselves? We have treasures they would surely enjoy had they take the time to browse our collection or ask me for recommendations.