The Library is home to close to 10,000 items: books, videos, audiotapes. It was originally built at our Temple on Linwood Boulevard under the auspices of the Temple Brotherhood, which named it in memory of its departed past president Harry S. White, a scholar of Judaica and Hebrew teacher in our religious school. Most of our material for adults comes from this collection, including fiction, non-fiction and videos. Additional collections are the Rae Dloogoff Memorial Women's Collection, the Anthony Memorial Fund, and the Gruen-Stiefel Fund.
The Sonia Krevitt Goldstein Fund for the Visually Impaired helps to provide the Library with books-on-tape and large-print books.
The Jeffrey and Jennifer Kleinstein Memorial Children's Library is the source for most of our widely-used children's section, while our Dr. Seuss books and some contemporary children's books translated into Hebrew come from the Jacob Rockwell Osman Memorial Collection.
Parent/Teacher Resource Shelves supply mostly non-fiction how-to books on Judaism and learning Hebrew. Included are a few juvenile fiction works about difficult topics such as death and the Holocaust. Add to this an extensive Reference Section, with the Encyclopedia Judaica, atlases, a couple of editions of the Talmud and you have everything you need to immerse yourself in Jewish learning.
Hours are: 9am -Noon on Sundays (during Religious School)
Call 913-663-4050 for more information.
As religious school librarian, it is my privilege to work with the students, faculty, and parents to promote Jewish literacy and love of learning. You can find me in the library on Sunday mornings on most school days.
Classes come into the library for story time, to borrow materials, and to do research or engage in other activities. They learn the responsibility of taking care of their books and returning them on time - with their parents' help! Teachers often come to the library to find just the right book to share with their students in the classroom. The library is sometimes used for meetings, PJ Library, and as a comfortable waiting area. Parents bring their children that are too young for religious school to Noah’s Ark to read stories and let them play with the stuffed animals in the Ark.
Thank you to the anonymous congregants who leave books as donations to the library. Most of these donations make valuable additions to the collection. As this is a Judaica library, books should be on a Jewish subject or by a Jewish author for inclusion. Donations should also be in excellent condition. Books and materials new to the library are processed into our online catalog for easy access with priority given to children’s’ materials.
The library is a real treasure of the congregation. Please visit often!