Great news, the Beth El Library is open for business! It is a functioning library and located in the Beit Midrash.
Thanks to the hard work and efforts of Alina Levy and the Library Committee - Martha Alden, Mike Tragesser, and Marcia Wollner. These stalwart volunteers sorted, cleaned, re-shelved, labeled, and culled our collection. It now features many important, useful, accessible, scholarly, and moving Jewish books, ready for readers.
We have decided to transform the library into an entirely volunteer-driven, do-it-yourself enterprise with a few simple rules:
-Take whatever you want, and return it whenever you would like.
-When you return it, please re-shelve it in the proper place, according to the proper category.
-Please do not remove reference books such as encyclopedias or prayer books (which are clearly marked).
-Keep the stacks orderly and neat.
-We encourage book donations. However, please adhere to the following rules:
-Do not donate a book unless it has specific and obvious Jewish content.
-Shelve the book or books yourself, according to the proper category (that is, do not leave books at the front desk or in the library for others to sort and shelve).
-Do not donate books unless there is room on the shelves, as we do not have storage space.
-Reference books or sets are a welcome donation i.e. Talmud translation.
If everyone follows these self-governing rules, we should all enjoy a usable and sustainable Jewish Library for many years to come. If you have questions or comments, please email email@example.com.
Many thanks again to Alina and her crew of volunteers.
Enjoy the books!