Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2014 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced by AJL

 

Laurel Snyder and Catia Chien, author and illustrator of The Longest Night: A Passover Story, Patricia Polacco, author and illustrator of The Blessing Cup, and Neal Bascomb, author of The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi, are the 2014 winners of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. 

 
The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series. The winners will receive their awards at the Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada this June. 

Snyder and Chien will receive the 2014 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Younger Readers category for The Longest Night: A Passover Story, published by Schwartz & Wade, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. Written in gentle verse, the tumultuous days leading up to the Jews’ flight from Egypt are described from the perspective of an unnamed slave girl in this beautifully illustrated story. It provides a unique introduction to the Passover holiday for young readers in an honest, but age-appropriate way. 

 
The gold medal in the Older Readers category will be presented to Patricia Polacco for The Blessing Cup, a Paula Wiseman Book, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In this prequel to The Keeping Quilt, Polacco shares the story of a treasured family heirloom. The miraculous journey from the shtetl to America of the remaining teacup from a china tea set, deliberately left behind when her Jewish ancestors were forced to leave Czarist Russia, will strike an emotional chord with readers. In 1988, The Keeping Quilt was the Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers. 

Neal Bascomb will receive the 2014 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Teen Readers category for The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi, published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic. A stunning account of the mission to capture Adolf Eichmann by an elite team of Israeli spies is dramatically brought to life by Neal Bascomb.


  

Sydney Taylor Honor Books Selected for 2014:

Younger Readers:
  • Stones for Grandpa by Renee Londoner with illustrations by Martha Avilés 
  • Rifka Takes a Bow by Betty Rosenberg Perlov with illustrations by Cosei Kawa. (both by Kar-Ben, a division of Lerner Publishing Group)
Older Readers:
  • The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler’s List by Leon Leyson with Marilyn J. Harran and Elisabeth B. Leyson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division) 
  • Dear Canada: Pieces of the Past: The Holocaust Diary of Rose Rabinowitz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1948 by Carol Matas (Scholastic Canada)
Teen Readers:
  • Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati (Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide) 
  • The War Within These Walls by Aline Sax with illustrations by Caryl Strzelecki and translated by Laura Watkinson (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)
Gold and silver medalists will be participating in a blog tour beginning February 16, 2014. 

In addition to the medal winners, the Award Committee designated thirteen Notable Books of Jewish Content for 2014




Thursday, October 31, 2013

Minutes: SFAJL Meeting, October 29, 2013

Meeting Minutes, SFAJL October 29, 2013, B'nai Torah Congregation, Boca Raton, FL

Present: Irwin Chalfin, Rita Cimbal, Kathleen Clotfelter, Rhea Cohen, Robin Coller, Heidi Estrin, Bea Gold, Etta Gold, Phyllis Gutmann, Sue Kirshner, June Knopf, Gloria Levin, Jeff Marks, Lillian Nadler, Evelyn Reich, Arlene Robert, Jeff Rosenberg, Rabbi Tobias Rothenberg, Sheila Trossman, Helene Wartel, Ruth Weiner, Barbara Weiss, Helene Yentis.

Meeting called to order after a lovely lunch provided by B'nai Torah. Mrs. Nathan (founder of the Nathan Library) joined us for lunch, and we were greeted by the Rabbi.

Many members brought books to give away, so we started the meeting with a sort of "swap meet."

Sue Kirshner welcomed us to B'nai Torah. We discussed the fact that our chapter does not collect dues at this time, but that the umbrella group of AJL does require dues ($70 individual).

Sue led a discussion of book sale techniques. We heard recommendations not to hold them too often, and to alphabetize the books or group them by genre to make it easier for shoppers.

Sue talked about the upcoming visit of author Judy Petsonk (Queen of the Jews) to South Florida. She will speak in various locales, including Temple Beth Am (Etta's library) on November 10 and Congregation B'nai Israel (Heidi's library) on November 12.

Sue reports that Lorelei Ennis is offering to host a meeting at Temple Dor Dorim in Weston in January. Attendees were enthusiastic about this.

Our speaker at today's meeting was Helene Yentis, an expert of Hebrew illuminated manuscripts. She gave a dynamic presentation, with a slideshow. Helene, Etta Gold, and Jeff Rosenberg shared art history books and facsimiles they'd brought along.

After Helene's talk, Heidi covered AJL business: the upcoming general membership vote, the monthly Jewish Book Carnival, and the annual conference (next year in Las Vegas!). Etta spoke about upcoming programs at Temple Beth Am in Miami.

Helene had brought along a film crew to record her presentation. After her talk, some attendees spoke on camera about Helene and her interesting session.

The meeting was adjourned.











Wednesday, September 04, 2013

SFAJL Meeting Will Be Held October 29, 2013

SFAJL invites you to join us for our fall luncheon meeting on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW18th Street, Boca Raton, FL 333433. The meeting will start at 11:45 am.
 
We are planning a special program which we invite you to create with us. Helene Yentis, an art historian with a specialty in Jewish Art will lead us in an interactive power point presentation. Her topic is Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts, Facsimile Editions, and Jewish Art Books. If you have any Facsimile Editions or special archival materials you would like to share with the group, please bring them with you to the meeting. If you want Helene to highlight them in her talk, please email 1-3 images so she can add them to the power point presentation. Her email is HYarts@aol.com. We will also feature some one of kind books (art works themselves) from the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University. Arthur Jaffe will be joining us for this meeting.
 
Please R.S.V.P. to Sue Kirshner, 561 483-9677 or SueKirshner@gmail.com by Thursday, October 24, 2013.
 
Directions to B’nai Torah Congregation
 
From the North: I-95 to Palmetto Park Blvd. Go west to Military Trail. Turn left on Military Trail. Turn right on 18th Street. Synagogue is on your right across from the fire station. There is a flashing light at the turn.
 
From the South: I-95 to Hillsboro. Go west to Military Trail. Turn right on Military Trail. Turn left on 18th Street. Synagogue is on your right across from the fire state. There is a flashing light at the turn.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Photo Roundup from May 2013 SFAJL Meeting

May, 2013 meeting at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary Library in Boynton Beach, FL, hosted by Art Quinn.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Use Goodsearch to Help Raise Funds for AJL

We have something new and exciting we'd like to share with you! It's the new Association of Jewish Libraries GoodApp - once added to Internet Explorer or Firefox, each time you shop at more than 2,500 stores (from Amazon to Zazzle!) a percentage of your purchase will automatically be donated to Association of Jewish Libraries - at no cost to you (and you may even save money as the app provides coupons and deals as well!). The GoodApp also has a search box and each time you search the Internet, about a penny is donated to Association of Jewish Libraries. 

http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/association-of-jewish-libraries

And please pass this along to all of your friends. The two minutes it takes to add this toolbar to your browser can make a lifetime of difference!

Get the toolbar NOW! http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/association-of-jewish-libraries

Friday, May 10, 2013

SFAJL Meeting: May 21, 2013


The next meeting of SFAJL will be Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:45 am. The host will be Art Quinn at the library of St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach. The address is 10701 S. Military Trail. Arrangements will be made to leave the gate open for guests. Upon entering the gate, turn right and follow the drive to the end. A dairy lunch will be provided by Glicks of Delray Beach. Please RSVP by May 14 to aquinn [at] svdp [dot] edu.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Poster Series: I Want You at the AJL Conference



48th Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference
June 16-19, 2013
Houston, TX

Monday, February 11, 2013

2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour






The 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour kicks off today! All week, interviews with winners will appear around the blogosphere. Here is the complete schedule. Follow the links to read the interviews each day, or any time afterwards!


THE 2013 SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD BLOG TOUR
 
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013

Ann Redisch Stampler, author of The Wooden Sword
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At Shelf-Employed 

Carol Liddiment, illustrator of The Wooden Sword
Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At Ann Koffsky’s Blog 

Doreen Rappaport, author of Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
Sydney Taylor Honor Award in the Teen Readers Category
At Bildungsroman


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2013
 
Linda Glaser, author of Hannah’s Way
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger Readers Category
At This Messy Life 

Adam Gustavson, illustrator of Hannah’s Way
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Younger ReadersCategory
At Here in HP 

Louise Borden, author of His Name was Raoul Wallenberg
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Older Readers Category
At Randomly Reading 

Deborah Heiligman, author of Intentions
Sydney Taylor Book Award winner in the Teen Readers Category
At The Fourth Musketeer 


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013 

Sheri Sinykin, author of Zayde Comes to Live
Sydney Taylor Honor Award in the Younger Readers Category
At Read, Write, Repeat 

Kristina Swarner, illustrator of Zayde Comes to Live
Sydney Taylor Honor Award in the Younger Readers Category
At Writing and Illustrating


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013

Linda Leopold Strauss, author of The Elijah Door
Sydney Taylor Honor Award in the Younger Readers Category
At Pen and Prose 

Alexi Natchev, illustrator of The Elijah Door
Sydney Taylor Honor Award in the Younger Readers Category
At Madelyn Rosenberg’s Virtual Living Room 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2013

Blog Tour Wrap-Up at The Whole Megillah

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

AJL Announces 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Awards


Linda Glaser and Adam Gustavson, author and illustrator of Hannah’s Way, Louise Borden author of His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, and Deborah Heiligman, author of Intentions, are the 2013 winners of the prestigious Sydney Taylor Book Award. The awards were announced at the Mid-Winter Meeting of the School, Synagogue and Community Center Division of the Association of Jewish Libraries.

The Sydney Taylor Book Award honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The award memorializes Sydney Taylor, author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series. The winners will receive their awards at the Association of Jewish Libraries Conference in Houston, Texas this June.

Glaser and Gustavson will receive the 2013 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Younger Readers category for Hannah’s Way, published by Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing. When Hannah’s family relocates to rural Minnesota after her father loses his job, she is the only Jewish student in her class.  Hannah worries she will not be able to attend a Saturday class picnic when her teacher arranges a carpool. Her observant family does not ride in cars on the Sabbath. In a delightful display of acceptance and friendship, the entire class chooses to walk with Hannah so she can attend the picnic. Barbara Krasner, a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, said: "The Minnesota setting, the Depression timeframe, and a Jewish girl's dilemma all add up to a winning story. Linda Glaser's story and Adam Gustavson's illustrations, both meticulously researched, make Hannah's Way a new classic for young readers." In 2011, Glaser received a Sydney Taylor Honor for her book, Emma’s Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty.

The award in the Older Readers category will be presented to Louise Borden for His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. Written in verse, this biography of the Swedish humanitarian highlights his commitment to rescuing Jewish people in Budapest during World War II for readers aged eight to twelve. Teeming with photographs, Wallenberg’s passion for helping others is dramatically portrayed. Committee Chair, Aimee Lurie commented: “His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg shows how the courageous actions of one person, despite tremendous obstacles, can make a difference. Louise Borden's well-researched biography will, without out a doubt, inspire children to perform acts of kindness and speak out against oppression.” In 2006, Borden’s The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margaret and H.A. Rey was a Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Younger Readers.

Deborah Heiligman will receive the 2013 gold medal in the Sydney Taylor Book Award’s Teen Readers category for Intentions, published by Knopf Books for Young Readers an imprint of Random House, Inc. The loss of innocence Rachel Greenberg, 16, experiences when the adults in her life betray her trust and the relationship with her best friend crumbles is explored in this contemporary novel.  Rachel’s home life, once calm, has now become strained; her parents are constantly bickering and her beloved grandmother’s health has deteriorated.  Her uncertain home life, pales in comparison to her shattering discovery that her respected rabbi is an adulterer. Although she makes mistakes, Rachel eventually learns to cope with the revelation that no one -- including her parents, friends, and rabbi -- is perfect by relying on lessons learned from her Jewish education. Diane Rauchwerger, member of the Award Committee noted: “Rachel grows in her understanding and strength of character, while struggling with moral issues teens confront every day.  Most importantly, she learns to forgive and to act with intention.” 

Four Sydney Taylor Honor Books were named for 2013: The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale by Linda Leopold Strauss with illustrations by Alexi Natchev (Holiday House) and Zayde Comes To Live written by Sheri Sinykin and illustrated by Kristina Swarner (Peachtree Publishers) are recognized in the Younger Readers category. The Wooden Sword by Ann Redisch Stampler with illustrations by Carol Liddiment (Albert Whitman & Company) garnered recognition as an Honor Book for Older Readers. For Teen Readers, the honor goes to Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport (Candlewick).

In addition to the medal-winners, the Award Committee designated thirteen Notable Books of Jewish Content for 2013.  More information about the Sydney Taylor Book Award can be found at www.SydneyTaylorBookAward.org



###

The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers:
Hannah’s Way by Linda Glaser with illustrations by Adam Gustavson
 (Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)


The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Older Readers:
His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg by Louise Borden
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children)


The Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Teen Readers:
Intentions by Deborah Heiligman
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, a division of Random House)


Sydney Taylor Honor Books for Younger Readers:
Zayde Comes to Live by Sheri Sinykin with illustrations by Kristina Swarner
(Peachtree Publishers)
The Elijah Door: A Passover Tale by Linda Leopold Strauss with illustrations by Alexi Natchev
(Holiday House)

 Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Older Readers:
The Wooden Sword: A Jewish Folktale from Afghanistan
 by Ann Redisch Stampler with illustrations by Carol Liddiment
(Albert Whitman & Company)

Sydney Taylor Honor Book for Teen Readers:
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
by Doreen Rappaport
(Candlewick Press)

Notable Books for Younger Readers:
Sadie and the Big Mountain by Jamie Korngold with illustrations by Julie Fortenberry
(Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
The Schmutzy Family by Madelyn Rosenberg with illustrations by Paul Meisel
(Holiday House)
A Song for My Sister by Lesley Simpson with illustrations by Tatjana Mai-Wyss
(Random House Books for Young Readers)
Speak Up, Tommy! By Jacqueline Dembar Greene with illustrations by Deborah Melmon
(Kar-Ben, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group)
A Sweet Passover by Lesléa Newman with illustrations by David Slonim
(Abrams Books for Young Readers)

 Notable Books for Older Readers:
Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch
(Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams)
Looking for Me by Betsy R. Rosenthal
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children)
Sami’s Sleepaway Summer by Jenny Meyerhoff
(Scholastic Paperbacks)
Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy
(Bloomsbury USA Children)
Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani
(Delacorte Books for Young Readers, a division of Random House)

Notable Books for Teens:
The Last Song by Eva Wiseman
(Tundra Books)
Now by Morris Gleitzman
(Henry Holt and Company)
Rachel’s Secret by Shelly Sanders
(Second Story Press)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Re: Minutes for the November 2012 SFAJL Meeting

Meeting Minutes, November 13, 2012
 
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, SFAJL met at Temple Dor Dorim in Weston, FL.  Our host 
was Lorelei Ennis.  In attendance were the following librarians and library volunteers:
Heidi Estrin, Etta Gold, Meta Lee, Joanne Jaffe, Debbie Ring, Jackie Fine, Helene Yentis,
Rita Cimbal, Bea Gold, Ruth Weiner, Sue Kirshner, Phyllis Gutmann, Lisa Simberg, Arthur Quinn, Kathleen Clotfelter and Matthew Ransom.
 
The afternoon began with lunch and a presentation by author Ellen Brazer.  Ellen spoke
about her new book, And So It Was Written.  Following the presentation Lorelei led a
discussion about Jewish Folktales: Stories in the Yiddish/Hassidic tradition.  We particularly
noted life as depicted in East European shtetls.  Debbie Ring gave an enjoyable analysis
of the book, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, pointing out many little details not usually noticed when
reading the book.
 
Etta Gold spoke about the coming AJL Conference in Houston, TX in June 2013.
 
Our membership continued the discussion, begun in September, about how we can increase our numbers at meetings and on our mailing list. Phyllis Gutman volunteered to seek out new members in Palm Beach County and Jackie Fine will cover Miami-Dade County.
 
At yesterday's meeting, Heidi mentioned the survey being done by national AJL. Gathering statistics from many libraries will help us to get a broad view of what is taking place in Jewish Libraries around the country and the significance of the statistics gathered will highlight the value of Jewish libraries.  Please take a minute to fill out the survey below and send it to springlibrarian@gmail.com.
 
Please fill out this short survey to help AJL! We'll use your answers to write an article highlighting the value of Jewish libraries. If you can send us a photo of your library too, that'd be a big help! (Make sure to get permission from any people in the picture.) 

Send your answers (and any photos) to Danielle Winter, PR Chair, at
springlibrarian@gmail.com by the end of November!

1. Please tell us your library's name, location, and size (approx. number of volumes)

2. During a "good" day in your library, about how many people walk through the door?

3. During a "good" day in your library, about how many items are checked out?

4. Tell us some of the best programs offered by your library (i.e. storytimes, discussion groups, author visits, etc. )

5. What do patrons love the most about your library? What do YOU love most about it?

 The next meeting will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary, 10701 S. Military Trail in Boynton Beach, FL.  Kosher lunch will be served.  Our host will be Art Quinn.