Welcome to the Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel Levy Library

Remember that the library is fully cataloged, so you can check online to see which books we own and contact us to set items aside for you!

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Levy Librarian: Annette Goldsmith


Annette was a children’s librarian for the public library systems in Toronto (her hometown), Miami, and Tallahassee, Florida for 23 years, and also ran a small Jewish library program for the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center in Miami. She has a PhD in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University and teaches graduate courses in children’s and young adult literature online for the Kent State University Information School. Her research concerns international children’s book publishing and she has chaired the Mildred L. Batchelder Award committee, the American Library Association award for best translated children’s book. Working at the Sephardic Temple she feels she can indulge her love of Jewish children’s books and storytelling. She aims to create a warm and welcoming environment for all members of the congregation and to build a collection, physical and virtual, that will serve you well. Feel free to let her know if there are particular items you think should be in the library, and do drop by to say hello!



Sydney Taylor Book Award -- December 2019

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People tend to know the big American Library Association children’s book awards like the Newbery (for text) and the Caldecott (for picture book illustration), but we have an equally distinguished Jewish award: the Sydney Taylor Book Award. This award is named for the author of the All-of-a-Kind Family series about a Jewish family growing up in New York on the Lower East Side. Administered by the Association of Jewish Libraries, the award is given each year for books that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying Jewish experience. To find out more, go to www.sydneytaylorbookawards.org.

The 2019 winner for Younger Readers (age 0 – grade 3) is a timely holiday story: All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul Zelinsky. Four-year-old Gertie, the youngest of five sisters, feels left out of the Hanukkah preparations but finds her special role in helping her father light the first candle. This new picture book introduces the characters that readers will get to know in the chapter books. For Older Readers (grades 4-8) the award recognizes Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier, a Dickensian fantasy about chimney sweeps that, surprisingly, includes a golem! Teen Readers (grades 9-12) will appreciate the spare prose of What the Night Sings, a Holocaust novel written and illustrated by Vesper Stamper. As with all quality books for children and teens, there is lots of adult appeal, too!

Do visit our online cataloghttp://stti.hl.scoolaid.net/bin/home. You can also get there via the Temple web site by clicking on the “Education” tab and choosing “Temple Library.” Check out the book displays for children, teens, and adults in the third floor display cases.


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 Librarian: Annette Goldsmith

Library hours: Tues. 11 am to 7 pm; Thurs. 11 am to 7 pm; Fri. 9 am -1 pm; or by appointment.
Phone: 310-475-7000 ext. 224.
Email: library@sephardictemple.org