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The PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation[1],a national Jewish non-profit organization based in West Springfield, Massachusetts. It was created in December 2005[2] as an outreach program for Jewish families with young children. Modeled after Dolly Parton's Imagination Library[3] program, The PJ Library sends out free, age-appropriate Jewish children's books and music to young Jewish children on a monthly basis[4].

Distribution and Book Selection

As of June 2009, The PJ Library is available in more than 110 communities in the United States and Canada and over 50,000 children receive a PJ Library book or CD each month. Books and music are available for children between 6 months and 8 years of age[5], depending on the available funding in each community.

Children subscribed to The PJ Library receive age-appropriate books highlighting Jewish holidays, values, Bible stories, and folklore. All books are especially selected to engage a broad spectrum of Jewish families.

National Reception

The PJ Library was selected as one of the Slingshot 08/09 Resource Guide's "50 most inspiring and innovative organizations, projects, and programs in the North American Jewish community today"[6]. On April 2009, Harold Grinspoon, president and founder of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, received the Sidney Shapiro Tzedakah Award for his work in Jewish philanthropy, including the founding of The PJ Library[7].

Notable books distributed by The PJ Library[8]

  • The Bedtime Sh'ma by Sarah Gershman, Illus. by Kristina Swarner (EKS Publishing, 2008 Sydney Taylor Book Award[9])

External links


  1. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation official site
  2. Pajama Time, JTNews April 17, 2009.
  3. Imagination Library official website
  4. PJ Library: Giving Books to the People of the Book, One Family at a Time,San Diego Jewish Journal February 1, 2009
  5. Family Receives 500,000th Book from Harold Grinspoon Foundation's PJ Library,MassLive May 6, 2009
  6. Slingshot official website
  7. Jewish Funders Network presents awards, Philanthropy Journal April 7, 2009
  8. The PJ Library: Books and Music
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 The Association of Jewish Libraries: Sydney Taylor Book Awards
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Jewish Book Council, National Jewish Book Awards-Winners List
  11. 11.0 11.1 American Library Association, Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present
  12. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, Full List of Winners
  13. Award Winning Booklists for the best in Children's Literature, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
  14. The National Book Awards, Winners and Finalists, Since 1950
  15. Library Thing, Book Awards: Christopher Award

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