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!



New Online Resources – June 2020

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In this time of public health concerns and far-reaching social protests, reading can inform, inspire, and just give you a break. Dip into your home library or buy books online, but please also try these amazing free online resources for ebooks and more.

The enki California Digital Library https://enki.biblioboard.com/home is a fabulous new resource for all ages. You can read ebooks for free, no library card required. You just have to be in California. Curated collections include CA Indie Authors, Unity in Diversity, Books for Early Readers, and Storytime for Little Listeners. Reminder: the Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library is your portal to the new California Jewish Digital Library with the combined ebooks of Sperber and its counterpart in San Francisco: https://californiajewishlibraries.overdrive.com/californiajewishlibraries-231-232/content. First apply for your free library card online https://www.aju.edu/sperber-community-library/ebooks and then go crazy! You will find a lot of the Levy Library’s print books available here as ebooks.

Don’t forget the Los Angeles Public Library: you can get a library card online to sign out ebooks https://www.lapl.org/about-lapl/contact-us/e-card/e-card-registration. Then explore their excellent ebook and audiobook collections https://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/e-media#ebooks. Also, Brown Judaic Studies has announced an open access program for their academic books: https://www.brown.edu/academics/judaic-studies/monograph/bjs-open-access-books.

And for the ultimate online experience… join us in Zoom for the Second Tuesday Book Club on Tuesday, June 9, from 3-5 p.m.! For this free book club for STTI adults, you just share whatever you’re reading, Jewish or not – no preparation required! To attend, please email me at library@sephardictemple.org for the link.

Do visit our online catalog: http://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.” Get to know your virtual Levy Library – there’s lots to discover! Librarian: Annette Goldsmith. Email: library@sephardictemple.org



Get to know your Levy Library – there’s lots to discover!

 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