President Heidi Estrin welcomed everyone and thanked Shirley and CAJE for hosting us and providing a delicious lunch.
I. AJL Convention 2000 in Washington: memories, impressions, comments
II. Headlines and Footnotes
Margot Berman resigned as editor of Headlines and Footnotes. All present thanked her for her fine work. For ten years Margot single-handedly produced a wonderful newsletter, and finally despaired of ever receiving needed copy from members. We discussed possible replacements for the newsletter. Combine the newsletter with the minutes? Do it electronically? Please email your suggestions to Heidi: email@example.com
III. Jewish Booktalks to Public Librarians
We will present a booktalk program to children's library staff at Miami-Dade Public Library System on Monday, October 2, and Broward staff on Friday, October 13. We chose these two systems because Annette Goldsmith works at MDPLS and Heidi used to work at Broward, so it was easy to arrange. This training session is a way of sharing our Jewish book expertise with public library colleagues, raising our profile and perhaps recruiting new members. All were invited to participate in the program or just come along for fun. There was a comment that not enough notice was given. Heidi did email the notice early, but not everyone's addresses were on the distribution list. [This has since been corrected.]
IV. Projects or meeting topics for this year
There was interest in all of the proposed topics; Heidi will follow up. We will consider a visit to Sarasota members in the spring. A book discussion roundtable along the lines of the one Annette runs at Books & Books will become a regular feature of future meetings: in November we'll each bring a Chanukah book. Please note your booktalk/comments on a 3x5 card.
Meeting dates and locations:
Sept. 21 - CAJE, downtown Miami
Nov. 30 -- Donna Klein, Boca
Jan. 25 -- Sarasota or Broward (to be confirmed)
Mar. 22 -- Hillel, North Miami Beach
May 17 -- Palm Beach
V. Mini-Shuk and information-sharing
Readers are Leaders
Barbara Samuels and Andrea Kalish described the Readers are Leaders program they run at Hillel. The goal was to have high school students do community service through reading with groups of younger children. They advertised for reading mentors, and got 12 students who were paired with younger classes. They ordered printed pencils to use as incentives. It's been very successful -- please contact Barbara (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Andrea (Andrea_kalish@hotmail.com) for more information.
Storytelling at bookstores
Judith Asuleen at CAJE does storytelling at Borders. Contact Judith at 954-755-2987, ext. 149 for details.
Barbara's son works at the Aventura Borders; contact him if you wish to do a special program there. Barbara can provide details.
Sandy Gottesman described how her synagogue held a Mediterranean dinner for teachers in the public system. Contact Sandy at email@example.com for details.
Palm Beach has a K-12 Holocaust curriculum which is a very good source for bibliographies. The Dave and Mary Alper JCC will be hosting a Holocaust teacher training session Nov. 3 as part of Jewish Book Month. It's free. Contact Marcy Levitt at 305-271-9000 to register.
Shirley Wolfe reminded us how important the Friends are. Suggest gifts of $18 or $36 for membership. Someone gave $101 as a birthday gift to the library.
Sybil Rosen, author of Speed of Light, will be at Hillel Nov. 13, Beth Am Nov. 19, and also at the North Dade Borders and Donna Klein.