THREE MILLION CHILDREN’S BOOKS have been delivered for free to Jewish children throughout North America to date. That benchmark number was celebrated in the PJ Library MetroWest community of New Jersey this month.
In commemoration of the 3 millionth book delivered, PJ Library founder Harold Grinspoon and PJ Library director Marcie Greenfield Simons hand-delivered Noah’s Swim-a-Thon to PJ reader Jordanna Goldstein, 6, her parents Cindy and Neil Goldstein, and her brother Ryan, 8.
PJ Library now sends 100,000 free books and music to families each month — up from just 200 a month in 2005. The program’s impact is felt throughout Jewish federations, community centers, synagogues, and other organizations that partner with PJ Library.
“We are thrilled to be delivering the 3 millionth PJ Library book,” Grinspoon says. “It’s thanks to fabulous communities like MetroWest New Jersey who partner with us that we’ve come as far as we have. We look forward to delivering the 4 millionth book and 5 millionth book and beyond — and knowing that all across North America, parents and children are snuggling around PJ Library books and having special conversations in which parents are transmitting our heritage to the next generation.”
A VERY SPECIAL DELIVERY
As a special treat, Noah’s Swim-a-Thon author Ann Koffsky joined Harold Grinspoon and Marcie Greenfield Simons in delivering Jordanna’s book. Considering her book is about swimming, Koffsky dressed the part. She came regaled in her Lifeguard’s uniform. See a slideshow of event photos below: