From Concept to Book: Authors Tell Their Stories

Jewish Picture Books: Activities, Songs, and a Behind-the-Scenes-Look

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Jacqueline Jules is the award-winning author of twenty books for Jewish children, including The Hardest Word, Once Upon a Shabbos, Good-night Sh’ma, Sarah Laughs, and Never Say a Mean Word Again. She is also a former synagogue librarian, religious school teacher, and Tot Shabbat leader. In this presentation, the author will share how her picture books grew out of needs she saw as a Jewish educator. Ms. Jules will also provide extension activities for her books including songs, crafts, writing prompts, and discussion questions. Please join her for a lively session designed to enhance lesson planning and programming in your library. Hand-outs provided.

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Writing Labor Union Strife: The Toronto ILGWU Strike and Beyond

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Anne will discuss the history of the labor union movement in the garment industry and her latest novel, 44 Hours or Strike! She is an experienced speaker and has a lively presentation about her research and writing. She shows visual material via PowerPoint, and engages the audience through singing songs (English and Yiddish) and sharing stories. Anne also brings real objects from the era to give concrete examples of how people lived and worked.

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Inspire New Books: How Librarians Can Make a Difference

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Until early this year, there were no books about Israeli history for children. What changed? A middle grade novel about the Six Day War was published in April, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the war. Why was a children’s book finally written about Israel’s history? The answer: because a Jewish educator spoke up. Librarians have a unique understanding of which topics lack representation. Want to inspire change? Come find out how you can.

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