After Perfect PJ Day at Bedner’s Farm, More Ahead for Tweens & Parents
School was out, but PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County was in for 450 guests at Bedner’s Farm on President’s Day, February 20, 2017. From babies to grandparents, they spent the morning enjoying PJ Storytime with Miss Amy and craft activities before heading into the fields for strawberry picking and festive hayrides. It was a special time for Jewish families to spend together on a day off.
“My sons and I had a fabulous time at the PJ Library program at Bedner’s Farm,” said Yael Geller of Boca Raton, who attended with her children, Benji age 2 and Michael, age 5 months. “We loved hearing the story from Miss Amy, the hayride and the delicious strawberry picking. Being together with our Jewish friends and making new ones is what PJ Library programs are all about.”
The event at Bedner’s was also a time for families to experience one of the holiday activities PJ Library holds regularly around town. "We're thrilled to offer families an array of activities to celebrate the holiday – with something for everyone," said Elana Ostroff, local PJ Library Director. “President’s Day is a day that many parents have off from work, so it’s really a nice time for the family to be together and we’re so happy that they choose to spend their morning with their PJ Library friends.“
At Bedner’s Farm, families that were not already receiving PJ Library's monthly mailings of free, top-quality, seasonal and age-appropriate Jewish books and music at home were able to sign up. But Ostroff says it’s easy to register from home: "If they aren't yet receiving PJ Library deliveries, local families raising Jewish children ages six months to eight years can get on board by signing up at home. They’ll be joining the nearly 1,800 families in South Palm Beach County who enjoy these monthly treats in their mailboxes," she said. “It takes only a very few minutes to register online at jewishboca.org/pjlibrary."
Ostroff also encourages families with Jewish children ages nine to eleven to sign up for PJ Our WayTM at pjourway.org: “More than 250 local tweens are already engaged in this new program. They select from four available books each month and participate in an online young Jewish readers' community on a safe website moderated by PJ Our Way educators."
“We’re thrilled to invite children ages 8-12 and their parents to a special PJ Our Way “Meet the Author” event on Sunday, March 26 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.,” added Ostroff. Barry Deutch, author and illustrator of PJ Our Way “Hereville” books for this age group will be at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus, 9901 Donna Klein Blvd., west of Boca Raton. Dinner will be served, with dietary laws observed, and the tweens will enjoy live drawing demos, a reading and animated films. PJ Our Way members should bring their “Hereville” book for free sketches, and additional books will be on sale. Advance registration online is required by March 15 at jewishboca.org/pjauthor.
“And this year, we’ve been excited to introduce PJ Library programming for parents,” added Joanna Drowos, local PJ Library Chair. “We are looking forward to holding our second mom’s night out on Wednesday, May 3 for Sushi and Spa night.”
To learn more about PJ Library, PJ Our Way, PJ events or PJ parents programming, contact Elana Ostroff, PJ Library Director, at PJLibrary@bocafed.org or 561.852.6080.