The Passover Haggadah

On Passover night we read the Haggadah. The Haggadah sets forth the order of the Passover Seder and tells the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt.  Haggadah comes from the Hebrew word le-hagid (“to tell”); we are commanded in the Bible to “tell” over the story of Exodus from Egypt. The Haggadah is the most popular Jewish book. There are more than 3,000 Haggadot to date and every year there are between 6 and 10 new ones, not to mention all the reprinted ones. The Haggadah has been written in many languages, including Hebrew, German, Yiddish, Spanish and Ladino. We at Touro College are fortunate to have in our collection 249 Haggadot. Most of them are located in the Women’s building (where I work), and we have some in Kew Garden Hills and at the Lander College for Men.  Continue reading

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November is a month to celebrate authorship

photo-1429051781835-9f2c0a9df6e4November 1st was National Author’s day. Officially adopted by the Department of Commerce in 1949, the idea for the day originated with teacher and avid reader Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, but its observance was popularized by McPherson’s granddaughter, Sue Cole, after McPherson’s passing in 1968. Cole urged people to write a note to their favorite author on the 1st to “brighten up the sometimes lonely business of being a writer.”1 These days you’re probably more likely to tweet an author you admire (official hashtag: #NationalAuthorsDay), but showing your appreciation is still encouraged. Continue reading

Staff Profile: Kirk Snyder

kirkGreetings Touro community! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Kirk Snyder, and I am the new afternoon and evening Librarian at Touro College Midwood/Flatbush. I come to Touro from New York Public Library’s Harlem Library. Though I love public libraries, I am very excited to be in an academic library where I can help facilitate students’ and professors’ research. Continue reading

The Poetic Art of Weeding Books

No, not that kind of weeding! (CC image by Barbara Carr)
No, not that kind of weeding! (CC image by Barbara Carr)

At the Lander College for Women’s library, an ongoing weeding project is in effect to withdraw books. This reevaluation accomplishes a number of goals. It allows the library to make room on the shelves for new materials and to recycle books to where they will do the most good, either by reassigning them to a new location or donating them to Better World Books. Continue reading

Books On The Move

Empty books shelves—but not for long!
Empty books shelves—but not for long!

Over the summer we did a total library book “shift” at the library for the Lander College for Men.

You might ask: “Why would you do that?”

Or “Wasn’t that a lot of physical work?”  (Yes, it was.)

Or “How many books did you move?” (Over 15,000 books.)

So here is the story of why… Continue reading

With A Little Help From Our Friends

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Scholarship shared, one book at a time (photo by Victoria Reyz, Library Assistant)

I’m not a big fan of numbers, but here’s one I found to be interesting.  In the calendar year 2013-2014, Touro Libraries added 8,364*  new books to our holdings.  (“Holdings” – from the language of librarianship, meaning stuff we own.)  That’s a load of books.  For the most part, these were items which we purchased, selected by site librarians to support classes taught at their specific Touro locations.  (For example, Midtown has strength in education, Jewish studies, social work, psychology, clinical medicine, and profession specific literature for physician assistants, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. To see the strengths of your location, find it on the list, then click on “more information”.) Continue reading

Summer Reading

"Summer" reading (photo by Carol Schapiro)
“Summer” reading (photo by Carol Schapiro)

With fewer (or no!) classes, longer days, and maybe a vacation or weekend getaway on the calendar, summer is the perfect time to fit in some leisure reading. Touro libraries can help you get started. Check out the list below for some summer-themed recommendations, stop by to browse the shelves, or explore the catalog online. Titles in bold are ebooks available immediately for your reading pleasure. Continue reading