7/20/2009
The PJ Library® and Philanthropic Partners Provide Free Jewish Books

 An International Endeavor: The PJ Library® and Philanthropic Partners Provide Free Jewish Books

PJ Library Expands into CanadaSPRINGFIELD, MA--July 20, 2009--The PJ Library®, an award winning program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, has expanded to Canada. The PJ Library, ("PJ" for pajamas), sends out high quality Jewish children's books every month to participating families. Canadian philanthropists and the Jewish communities of Calgary, Montreal and Winnipeg have partnered with The PJ Library to help families explore the timeless core values of Judaism and to transmit these values to a new generation.

Committed to nurturing Jewish identity and ensuring the continuity of Jewish culture, the Marlene and Joel King Family Foundation is the philanthropic partner bringing The PJ Library to Montreal. "Reading to our children initially, and now to our grandchildren, has proven to be such a meaningful bonding experience," said Marlene King. "We are convinced that The PJ Library will promote that same experience and consequently should have a profound effect on Jewish identity."

The PJ Library is the brainchild of Harold Grinspoon, a highly innovative philanthropist from Western Massachusetts. Grinspoon knew that reading stories and listening to music are among the most powerful childhood learning experiences and found his inspiration in the literacy program of country singer Dolly Parton. "More than four years ago I brought Dolly's Imagination Library books to inner-city children in Springfield [MA]," Grinspoon explained. "Then it occurred to me - sending books to families' homes is an ideal project to adapt to the Jewish community."

The PJ Library currently operates in over 100 Jewish communities across North America, reaching the families of more than 50,000 children a month, ages six months through eight years. The program is a powerful tool for engaging families in the joys of Jewish life and traditions, while building a stronger Jewish people, one book at a time.

For more information or to learn how to bring The PJ Library to your community, visit www.pjlibrary.org or email pjlibrary@hgf.org.

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation enhances the vibrancy of Jewish life through funding programs and institutions that directly transmit Jewish learning to young people, adults, and families in Western Massachusetts, nationally and in Israel. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation's innovative North American programs include The PJ Library and the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy.