Library News


We have a reader in our midst!  His name is Kurt Baran and he is in third grade. He is helping me write this column with his wonderful book reviews.

The first book is Twerp by Mark Goldblatt, a PJ Our Way selection for 9-11 year old students.

Twerp is about a boy who is a good kid.  He is in 5th grade, and is somehow persuaded to do bad things by his best friend Lonnie.  For example, Lonnie convinces him to throw rocks at pigeons to get them to fly away. But something bad happens when he throws the rocks at the pigeons, instead of just getting them to fly away. 

I liked reading this book because I never knew what would happen next.  This book is realistic fiction.

A big thank you to Kurt.  You will see his reviews in future newsletters. I hope this will encourage other students his age to check out these library books.

As you may know we have a terrific PJ Library representative (and Temple member!) in the South Hills named Jen Cohen. She and I have recently partnered on several outreach programs at Mt. Lebanon Public Library for the pre-school age children in our area.  We had two successful events.  One was building an edible Sukkah with graham crackers and pretzels and various goodies.  The other was a Chanukah program making cards and decorating donuts.  Of course, we always begin with two appropriate holiday stories.

Our third partnership was at a multi-cultural program at Scott Township Library on the evening of December 22nd. For our part, we read Sammy Spider’s First Hanukkah and Dinosaur on Hanukkah. Then there was a trivia contest organized by Scott children’s librarian, Sheri Small, and gelt for correct answers. It was a lot of fun!

Our next adventure will be a Passover program. Stay tuned…

Something New “The Caring Community Bookmobile”

If you are housebound and would like a good book to read, a CD to listen to, or a DVD to watch, the Caring Community would like to deliver some worthwhile entertainment to enhance your day. You choose a book from our online catalog by accessing our library catalog at  Type in “Pollon Family Libr” which will bring up the catalog.  After you choose the item you want delivered, call the library, 412-279-7600 x212, and your request will be honored.

On Monday, February 27th Movies and Munchies will be showing Gett, a follow up to our January showing, depicting the difficulty in getting a divorce in Israel.

Don’t forget about our Deli Food and Film evening on Friday, March 3rd after services.  We will show the film “Deli Man” and have a delicious deli dinner while we watch.  For more information and to RSVP for dinner, go to

— Paula Altschul, Librarian