December 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

The PJ Library® (“PJ” for “Pajamas”) is hosting a community story time on Sunday, December 5, 2010, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Public Library – Solon Branch (34125 Portz Parkway).  Families will enjoy PJ Library favorite, The Only One Club by Jane Naliboff, and hear an upbeat message about the value of differences and the importance of tolerance and acceptance.  Book-related crafts and activities will encourage sharing and make everyone feel special.  This free event is open to the community.

Every month, The PJ Library® sends a free, age-appropriate Jewish children’s book to 1,800 Cleveland children ages 6 months to 7 years old.  The PJ Library® sends more than 65,000 books to 130 communities in the United States and Canada.  The books about holidays, Israel, Jewish values and folk tales are sent out to engage young Jewish families.

The PJ Library® in Cleveland is supported by the Jewish Federation and is generously funded by the Leonard Krieger Fund of the Cleveland Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

To sign up for this free program, register online or call 216.593.2900, ext. 213.

Here’s a brief synopsis of The Only One Club:

It’s Christmas time, and Jennifer’s teacher asks the class to make decorations.  Jennifer proudly announces that she will make Hanukkah decorations, because she is the only Jewish girl in the class.  That night, she goes home and makes herself a glittery badge that says “The Only One Club.”

The next day at school, her classmates want to join her club, and they try to convince her that they, too, are the only one of something.  Jennifer doesn’t want anyone else to join.  But when she hears the other kids talking about setting up their own club, she realizes her mistake.  She goes home and makes glittery badges for everyone.

This book takes a unique approach to differences.  Instead of portraying a character who feels bad about being unusual, it starts with a character who is too full of pride about her exceptionality.  Although Jennifer has a lesson to learn, still her pride inspires others to notice and enjoy their own differences.


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