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The Temple Israel Library, on the 2nd floor, offers over 2500 books for children, youth, and adults. Drop by any time our building is open!

The library is now in three rooms on the 2nd floor. The adult library is housed separately with a study table in the center of the room, the teen collection is in the oldest children's classroom and the picturebooks, early readers and children's chapter books are in the children's library (hint: the room with the multi-coloured floor and sparkly blue fabric). You may borrow from any of these collections anytime.

After writing your name on the library card inside the back cover, please place the card in the labeled box provided. The entire collection may also be searched online. You may find a link to the collections on the TI website under the Education section. The borrowing program with storytime for the religious school children occurs every other Sunday.

Next time you are at Temple, be sure to visit the children's library and see the tree the children are creating. Each visit, they add "word leafs" to the tree of the words and phrases they are learning, both English and Hebrew, from the books we are reading.

 

Search the Temple Israel Library Catalogue

We have dozens of collections. Here is a selection to browse.

Children's Picturebooks Adult Fiction Jewish Thought
Children's Fiction Adult Biography Family Issues
Teen Fiction and Nonfiction Jewish Basics Study - Rabbinic

 

 

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Temple Library News

Here is a selection of the new award-winning and gently used books that we have recently added to the collection.

For Adults:
• Between Gods by Alison Pick
• Betraying Spinoza: the renegade Jew who gave us modernity by Rebecca Goldstein
• Maimonides by Sherwin Nuland
• A Jewish Feminine Mystique: Jewish Women in Postwar America by Hasia Diner (ed.)
• The Nazi Hunters: how a team of spies captured the world's most notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb


For Teens and older children
• OyMG by Amy Dominy
• Storm by Donna Jo Napoli
• Stones on a Grave by Kathy Kacer
• Rachel's Secret by Shelly Sanders
• Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography by Sid Jacobsen
• The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz


Chapter books for children
• The complete One-of-a-Kind Family series
• Nest by Esther Ehrlich
• Lauren Yanofsky Hates the Holocaust by Leanne Lieberman
• Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too) Return! by Leslie Kimmelman
• Rabbi Harvey Rides Again: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Folktales Let Loose in the Wild West by Steve Sheinkin 


Picturebooks
• Why Dogs have Wet Noses by Oyvind Torseter.
• Brave Girl: Clara And The Shirtwaist Makers' Strike Of 1909 by Michelle Markel
• Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Tanya & Richard Simon
• The Patchwork Torah by Alison Ofanansky
• Chik Chak Shabbat by Mara Rockliff



Here is a selection of the new award-winning and gently used books that we have recently added to the collection. For Adults: • Between Gods by Alison Pick • Betraying Spinoza: the renegade Jew who gave us modernity by Rebecca Goldstein • Maimonides by Sherwin Nuland • A Jewish Feminine Mystique: Jewish Women in Postwar America by Hasia Diner (ed.) • The Nazi Hunters: how a team of spies captured the world's most notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb

Collection Guidelines

Temple Israel Library Mission

The Temple Israel Library provides our members with a circulating collection of research, educational, and recreational materials which promotes the study of Judaism and general topics of Jewish interest. The library supports the religious school by providing a picturebook and juvenile novel collection aligned with the curriculum.


Collection Scope

  • Jewish authors and/or Judaic topics
  • Fiction and nonfiction books for adults, teens and children
  • Fiction and documentary DVDS
  • Music CDs
  • Magazines and newspapers published within the last two years
  • Languages: English; Hebrew materials limited to the following: religious texts, dictionaries and language learning materials and some children's board and picturebooks; Yiddish     limited to primarily English books with some Yiddish content.

The library collection does not include records, VHS tapes, cassette tapes or individual maps.

Materials of archival interest, including VHS tapes of past London Jewish or TI events, are referred to the archives.


Purchasing


The library committee purchases the following items dependant upon monetary donations to ensure a collection that supports the mission of the library.


  • Recent award-winning and/or well-reviewed Jewish books for adults and children 
  • Books that support an adult educational initiative at TI as directed by the VP of Education and the Rabbi. 
  • Well-reviewed books that fill a subject gap in the collection
  • Materials processing supplies

Members are welcome to submit suggestions for purchase to the library committee.


Weeding

The Library committee reserves the right to discard books from the Library collection that are in poor condition, are duplicates or have not circulated in many years. The Rabbi will be consulted regarding liturgical, biblical or rabbinic study texts to ensure important materials are not withdrawn.

Donating Books and other Materials

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations to the Library Fund are gratefully accepted and used to purchase,

  • Recent Jewish book award-winning and well-reviewed books for adults and children 
  • Books that support an adult educational initiative at TI   
  • Books that fill an information gap in the collection   
  • Materials processing supplies

Please contact the TI Office to make a donation to the Library Fund.


Book Donations

Gifts of new or nearly new books of Judaic content and/or by Jewish authors are considered for addition to the collection in accordance with the collection and donation guidelines.

If you are interested in donating new or nearly new books to the Temple Israel Library, please email lisam@templeisraellondon.ca with a list of titles. You will be contacted with a confirmation of which items the library is able to add to the collection and the temple office will be notified to expect your materials. The Temple does not provide tax receipts for book donations.

Donation Guidelines

  • Books by Jewish authors or with Jewish content  
  • Books that are new or published within the last 15 years. An exception to this guideline may be made for biblical, rabbinic and liturgical study texts.   
  • Magazines and periodicals published within the last year   
  • Materials must be in new or nearly new condition. Books, magazines, and other items that are old, damaged, yellowed, damp, mildewed or have an unpleasant odour cannot be added to the collection.   
  • The Library cannot accept: duplicates of books already in the collection, individual encyclopedia volumes, textbooks, workbooks, condensed books, pocket paperbacks (unless they are in perfect condition), outdated books, children’s Jewish textbooks,     workbooks, VHS tapes, cassette tapes or adult Hebrew books.
Any items donated become the property of Temple Israel.

Diaries, journals, newspaper articles and pictures and other memorabilia relating to Temple Israel would be welcome additions to the Temple Archives. Please contact the board chair if you have materials of these types to donate.

Library Lending Policy

  • The library is open to Temple Israel members any time during Temple Office hours or before or after services.
  • Books are borrowed on an honour system.
  • You may keep books for 4 weeks and audio/visual items for 2 weeks.
  • The sign-out system is simple and straightforward.

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