Tag Archives: Tikkun Olam

World Read Aloud Day and the Kid Lit Blog Hop

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World Read Aloud Day, always held on the first Wednesday of March, falls on the 5th this year. Last year more than one million people participated in this movement established by LitWorld, a wonderful non-profit organization that celebrates the power of word and story and promotes global literacy through their many worthwhile campaigns. Continue reading

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Hillary…A Woman of Valor

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Last week, I had the privilege of attending a benefit luncheon at which the former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York was the featured guest speaker. As the purpose of this occasion was to raise funds for charitable purposes, rather than political ones, no press was allowed inside the room (and I doubt anyone missed them), although they were congregated outside. Continue reading

Tools for School

images-7Choosing a new pair of school shoes, shopping for new clothes and loading up on school supplies were my favorite parts of welcoming a new school year when I was a child…perhaps you felt the same way. A similar shopping expedition with your children or grandchildren is bound to bring back these positive memories. Continue reading

Celebrate Israel

 images-6images-9I was invited to a 65th birthday party on Sunday and accepted, happily. A joyous event filled with music, family fun and Israeli spirit was held at Unknown-6the Ravinia Festival grounds—a perfect setting. Maybe you’ve guessed…it was JUF’s annual Israel Solidarity Day, a unique musical and cultural experience marking Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day. All the activities were family-friendly, including art projects, face painting, PJ Library reading corners and visits by Shalom Sesame characters. Continue reading

There’s A New Library in Town

car pool girls 2My first little free library was housed in a large carton on our screened-in porch in our old house. We left the screen lock unlatched so the borrowers could come and go as they pleased. The Lending Library was officially launched one Thursday afternoon as Ashley, Julie, Laura, Laura, and Lindsey (a.k.a. The Car Pool) all gathered around my kitchen table to enjoy the chocolate-chip cookie pizza I had prepared (I might have had some, too), and I issued each of them a homemade library card informing them of their rights and responsibilities (hard to remember what those might have been). Enthusiastic in the way of little girls, each one came with books to contribute. A believer in recycling, I had turned my attention to books; why should we be all be purchasing the same or similar books if we could exchange books? Both a borrower and a lender be.6109912_orig Continue reading