The Columbia Jewish Federation has announced it has delivered its 10,000th free book in the greater Columbia area through its implementation of the PJ Library program.
PJ Library is an international, award-winning literacy program that delivers free Jewishthemed books and music to families raising Jewish children from six months through eight years of age. The program is funded through the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and generous donors in the Jewish Columbia community. Over the past eight years, over 300 children in the Midlands have been the recipients of this unique gift each month.
To commemorate the 10,000th book delivery, the executive director and the community relations director of the Columbia Jewish Federation made a special delivery to the home of three– year– old Eliza Hamilton. Eliza opened her family’s front door on the afternoon of July 11th to find balloons, a giant teddy bear, and her PJ Library book, No Baths at Camp by Tamar Fox. Eliza’s mom, Amanda Hamilton, said, “We are so grateful to PJ Library and our local Columbia Jewish Federation for this amazing program and celebration. The books we receive each month deepen our Jewish values as a family and bring such joy to our growing reader.”
PJ Library’s celebration of this special milestone continues this Thursday, July 26th during its Annual Tu B’Av Family Dance, celebrating the Israeli Holiday of Love. At 5:30 PM, families will gather at the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center ( JCC) in Northeast Columbia to dance with PartyTime DJs, play games with Palmetto Mobile Arcade, craft with Columbia SC Moms Blog, and enjoy face painting and balloon twisting provided my Emerald’s Artistry Entertainment. This year, this much- loved event will include an extra-special surprise PJ Library treat, provided by Ally & Eloise Bakeshop, to mark the 10,000th book delivery.