PJ Library

Noon Year's Eve

Thursday, December 31
11:45 AM to 12:00 noon 

Goodbye 2020, and hello 2021! Join our family dance party and countdown to "Noon Year's Eve," ending at the kid-friendly hour of noon. Best for families with children age 5 and under.

11:30 Doors Open: Come early to schmooze, make confetti and party hats together
11:45 Dance Party Starts
12:00 Countdown to Happy Noon Year!

Click here to register with Zoom.

PJ Library at The Y -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

On Zoom and In Person (for families with children under age 5)

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, teachings, and dedication to service, we'll gather online to make cards for seniors served by the Y and help ease social isolation.

There are many ways to join this project:

Sunday, January 10, 10:00 - 11:00 AM: Pick up a craft kit with cool card-making supplies, in Bennett Park. Kits are available for $5 each through pre-order, while supplies last. Kits can be picked up in the park or delivered to the Y for Y Nursery School students. You may also provide your own materials. 

Monday, January 18, 10:00 - 10:30 AM: Make cards together on Zoom, and learn about the importance of easing social isolation for seniors from the Y's Center for Adults Living Well.

Monday, January 18, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Stop by the Y to drop off your card (or mail it), and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Staff will be collecting the cards in front of the building. 

Click here to register on Zoom.

Purchase a craft kits to make cards for seniors:

Kit Options


This session draws inspiration from the PJ Library book, Say Hello, Lily, about how children can bring cheer to elders in the community.


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.

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. RSVP on Zoom. Details coming soon about ordering the card-making craft kit.  

What’s Cooking?
Sunday March 21, 2021 -- before Passover

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.

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

Inspired by the PJ Library book, Estie the Mensch, this year-end community gathering and celebration will feature ice cream -- related to the menschiness in the book, and Shavuot -- games and music. Families will also have the opportunity to share their storybooks and related results of our year-long intergenerational relational work.

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. 


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.