PJ Library is an award-winning Jewish literacy and outreach program for families raising Jewish children from birth through 8 years old. Created and supported by our partner, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library reaches out to Jewish families to foster curiosity about their heritage while exploring their Jewish identity. Each participating child receives a free, age-appropriate, high-quality Jewish book every month in the mail, representing a wide array of Jewish themes, along with information to help families use the selections in their homes.
As of March 2021, there are 750 children receiving books in 41 cities and towns throughout Rhode Island, and 17 cities and towns in southeastern Massachusetts. The Jewish Alliance welcomed PJ Library to Rhode Island back in September 2007—and to date, we have served nearly 2,500 children in more than 1,700 families. Since its inception, PJ Library has expanded to include 29 countries across 6 continents, and PJ books are published in 7 languages… an incredible 675,000 books are mailed each month world-wide!
While this valuable program comes at no cost to families, it does come with an expense for the community, which is funded by the Jewish Alliance’s Annual Community Campaign, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and other generous donors.
People often ask what comes after PJ Library. The answer is PJ Our Way. PJ Our Way is for children ages 9-12 and is the “next chapter” in the PJ experience. It is kid-driven, so they choose their own books, creating a totally tailored experience based their own interests and reading level.
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PJ Library also provides families with many engaging programs and opportunities throughout the year to celebrate and enhance Jewish life. We actively reach out to find and welcome new families raising Jewish children and work hard to help build relationships with and among them. Our programs are inclusive of all, regardless of Jewish affiliation. We also help connect families with other Jewish organizations and experiences, if desired, to promote ongoing learning and community building.
Through the years we have welcomed numerous PJ Library authors and musicians to Rhode Island, conducted story times and activities in public spaces such as the Providence Children’s Museum and Books on the Square, and organized a Touch-a-Truck Carnival and Hamantaschen Bake at Tamarisk Assisted Living Facility.
When you are looking for a Jewish experience for your family, PJ Library is the answer! We aim to empower parents to be active participants in building their family’s Jewish identity and provide support along the way.
For more information about PJ Library Rhode Island, contact Lyndsey Ursillo at 401.421.4111 ext. 141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PJ Library is a program of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.