Showing posts from March, 2017

Call Me Ishmael

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     |    BUY THE BOOK     🕮    At the 2016 American Library Association convention, I met Steph Kent, co-founder of - a website where book lovers leave voicemails telling personal stories about their favorite books. I  recorded an interview with Steph on the show floor, and then later got back in touch to create " How Is This Book Different? ," a project sponsored jointly by Call Me Ishmael , the Association of Jewish Libraries , and the Jewish Book Council . YOU are invited to join in! Here's how: Call 774-325-0503 to leave a short voicemail Between March 27-April 4, 2017 With a personal story about any Jewish book that matters in your life Then go to to hear everyone's stories! HINT: Click here for tips on making your voicemail awesome. UPDATE: In 2020 Steph Kent and Logan Smalley published The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book: An Interactive Guide to Life-Changing Books (Simon & Schuster) - check i


March 2017 is #trypod month - a time to TRY a new POD cast, and to show your friends how to listen to podcasts if they don't yet know. The campaign was organized by NPR to encourage the one in five Americans who listen to podcasts to help their friends start a listening habit too. Use the hashtag #trypod as you share your story about why you listen and your suggestions of favorite shows. I listen to podcasts to be informed, to get a mood boost, and for professional development. But the big reason I listen to podcasts is to feel connected. When I have someone's voice in my ear, it's an intimate feeling, like they are speaking directly to me. These podcasters share my interests and concerns, and they make me feel connected to them as individuals, and to the issues being discussed. #trypod Here are a few of my favorites: To be informed, I listen to CodeSwitch , a podcast about race, A Way With Words , a show about language and how we use it, and the TED Radio Hour ,

Mark Your Calendar

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST     🕮    March 20, 2017: #READ4REFUGEES #Read4Refugees is a world-wide read-in benefitting the charity RefugePoint , running now through March 31, 2017. Donate by March 20 to help the campaign earn a bonus $10,000. Here's the scoop: March 27-April 4, 2017: HOW IS THIS BOOK DIFFERENT? You are invited to participate in How Is This Book Different? , a joint project of the Association of Jewish Libr aries , the Jewish Book Council , and Call Me Ishmael . Between March 27-April 4, 2017, call 774-325-0503 with a story about your a Jewish book that matters to your life ! April 24, 2017: TENT: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE Apply by April 24 to participate in an August 13-20, 2017 Jewish kidlit writers' retreat in Amherst, MA co-sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center and PJ Library. Click here for details and application.