PJ Library® is an international award-winning Jewish family engagement program designed to strengthen the identities of Jewish families and their relationship to Jewish community. PJ Library offers the gift of high-quality Jewish books and music each month, reaching approximately 110,000 children in more than 185 communities in the United States and Canada. Nearly 200,000 preschool children also receive books through “Sifriyat Pijama,” PJ Library’s sister program in Israel. The program was created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, which funds institutions and programs that directly transmit Jewish learning to children, adults and families, and was inspired by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which sends books to children in underprivileged areas of the US. The name, “PJ,” stands for “pajamas” and invokes that time at the end of the day when parents and children strengthen their bond through love and learning by cuddling up with a book.
The PJ Library initiative is building a stronger Jewish people by investing in our future. At this time when many young families in our society are exploring how they want to raise their children, PJ Library books and music arrive in families’ homes, offering resources for making Jewish choices and establishing Jewish connections. With intermarriage hovering at 50 percent, there is great opportunity to educate more parents, and thus their children, in the priceless stories of Jewish traditions, values, and heritage. PJ Library engages young people in playful stories of Judaism, thus planting seeds in fertile minds. By providing these books without cost, PJ Library aims to help families explore the timeless core values of Judaism and to transmit these values to the next generation.
If you’re the parent or grandparent of a Tulsa area child between the ages of 6 months to 6.5 years, sign up today! Visit www.PJLibrary.org to sign up or for local assistance, call Mindy Prescott at 918.495.1100.