The Or Shalom Library maintains a collection of Jewish literature to serve as a reference and lending resource for our congregants and school. We strive to develop a collection that not only supports the needs of students, but also provides a broad range of pleasure reading for individuals.
Thanks to the generosity of many Or Shalom families, our library houses a wide variety of adult and children Jewish fiction and non-fiction books. The library is open two Sundays and one weekday each month during school hours. Students have the opportunity to check out one book each month when their class visits the library. Adults and older teens are welcome to check out books when the library is open.
Donations to the library can be made in several ways:
- Families can make a $50 contribution in honor of their child's bar/ bat mitzvah through the Bima Book Basket Program. A beautiful library basket will decorate the bimah during their child's service. A card is attached to the basket indicating the generous donation. Many families have taken advantage of this lovely tribute to their children.
- Our library accepts donations of Jewish-themed titles from congregants and friends. Books may either be new or from private collections. Donated books can be left in the library with a note.
- Finally, you may make a monetary donation to our Library Fund. More information can be found here.
The library is staffed by volunteers. We are continuously looking for people to help re-shelve, catalog and check-out books. The time commitment is minimal and working with the children in the library is rewarding and fun. If you are interested in volunteering in the library, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t miss the opportunity to receive FREE Jewish books and music! PJ Library sends families with children ages 6 months – 8 years high quality, age-appropriate Jewish books and music – with absolutely no strings attached. The PJ Library was created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and is a gift to your family from the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, local donors and your local early childhood Jewish educators.
If you’re already receiving books (or just signed up) or don’t qualify yourself, but know a family who does, please share this link (juf.org/pjlibrary/) with them so they can also take part in this wonderful program.