PJ Library

Wee Jam for Justice, with Tkiya Music
Wednesday, June 16
Ice cream truck: 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Music: 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Location: track/field next to the Y

Click here to reserve your tickets (RSVP Required)

Tkiya Music is back by popular demand! Enjoy participatory songs and stories, in this music session designed to observe Juneteenth and celebrate Pride Month. Come early, between 3:30 and 4:00, for an ice cream truck treat. 

Best for families with children age 5 and under; siblings welcome.

We'll be socially distant, with masks, outdoors. Bring your own lawn blanket if you like. Families who RSVP in advance will receive tickets for free ice cream, while supplies last. 

PJ Library provides free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children newborn to 8 years old. Sign up for PJ Library to receive the gift of Jewish books each month – at no cost to your family – at ny.pjlibrary.org.

Parent Workshop: "What do I say when... Tips for talking with young children about race and identity"
Wednesday, May 19, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Register on Zoom 

Learn about children’s understanding of race, and how parents can encourage healthy development and learning around race and identity through conversations, books and play. Facilitated by educator Aliza Plotkin, and designed for parents with children ages 5 and under.

This event is sponsored by PJ Library, the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, and the Fort Tryon Jewish Center.

Aliza Plotkin is an Early Childhood Educator and consultant, with a passion for supporting educators and parents alike in understanding how to use developmentally appropriate practices to empower their children’s growth and learning.

For more information, please contact Y Beginnings Parenting Center Manager Mara Bragg at mbragg@ywashhts.org.

PJ Library at the Y 2020 - 2021: Sharing Our Stories

From Baby to Bubbie and In Between

At a time when we may miss traveling to see family, we're thrilled to bring the pages alive this year with Sharing Our Stories, a series of intergenerational events designed to build bonds and foster community around Jewish holidays and family narratives. 

The PJ Library books will inspire our gatherings and have options for families to create tangible books with their own stories as an ongoing parallel project. By looking inward to find our own family narratives and traditions, we also will gain inspiration from observing resiliency over time and life experience from elders. By looking outward, at the rich Jewish values and traditions portrayed in PJ Library books, we will offer families additional guidance and support.

Ice Cream Social
Sunday, May 16, 2021 -- before Shavuot

Inspired by the PJ Library book, Estie the Mensch, this celebration will feature live music in the park plus ice cream -- related to the menschiness in the book, and Shavuot. See event listing above for RSVP. 

Parent Cohort
In between our five events, parents will be invited to join a parent-led cohort for three community-building events, to stay connected with families during these times, and enjoy ownership in co-creating our gatherings. To learn more about joining the parent cohort, please email Mara, mbragg@ywashhts.org

Thank you for joining us for . . .

Time for Tea and Tunes!
Sunday, October 18, 2020, 11:00 AM 

Opening event inspired by PJ Library book, Tea With Zayde, about a virtual tea date between a grandfather and grandchild. We’re inviting families -- including grandparents -- to gather for our musical kickoff and online concert! We're also making physical kits available with goodies including tea, a craft project, storybook activity, all instructions and more, so families feel empowered to set up their own virtual tea dates with a grandparent.

Hanukkah in the Heights
Sunday, December 13, 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Join us for a fun afternoon in Bennett Park for a self-guided interactive scavenger hunt, using park landmarks to tell the Hanukkah story. Drop in anytime during the hour, and bring your phone to listen to linked songs on the activity sheet. 

In Service of Seniors
Monday, January 18, 2021 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 10:00 to 10:30 am

Join us for our annual service project! We'll gather online to make birthday cards for seniors served by the Y, as a way to hep ease social isolation. This event draws inspiration from the PJ Library book, Say Hello, Lily, about how children can bring cheer to elders in the community.   

Kitchen Kids: Cooking with Bubbie
Sunday March 21, 2021, 11:00 - 11:45 AM 

Inspired by the PJ Library book, Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup, about a Jewish-Chinese girl who blends the culinary cuisines of the different cultures of her two grandmothers, this event will feature a hands-on, sensory exploration of Passover foods, including charoset recipes from around the world, acknowledging the diversity of heritages among families.


This program is made possible through a grant from PJ Library, a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

PJ Library provides free books that celebrate Jewish values and culture to families with children newborn to 8 years old. Sign up for PJ Library to receive the gift of Jewish books each month – at no cost to your family – at ny.pjlibrary.org.

Please reach out to Mara Bragg with any questions or to join the email list for future events at mbragg@ywashhts.org.