KOH Library and Cultural Center

2300 Sierra Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95825

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Introducing Music CDs

Music, Music, Music!

Thanks to Steve Turtletaub, the KOH Library now has a large and eclectic collection of musical CDs available for check-out. Enjoy Klezmer, Isaeli, Hebrew, Yiddish, contemporary or traditional music in the comfort of your home when you borrow any of these CDs. Artists and genres range from Even Sh'siyah (modern Hebrew Rock), to symphonic arrangements by Ofer Ben-Amots, to The Yeshiva Choir, and more.

While finding a CD, take time to browse our ever-expanding collection of books, DVDs, periodicals and used books.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Calling all "Gamesters"!!!

Calling all "gamesters":

There is so much more to the KOH Library and Cultural Center than books, DVDs, programs and Art Exhibits.

Do you enjoy playing cards? Are Jigsaw Puzzles your 'thing"? How about Board Games?

KOH Library is establishing a "Game Center". We will assist you in finding like-minded people to enjoy enthusiastic, but quiet, time playing card games, Cribbage, Scrabble, Backgammon, Mahj and more. Puzzle enthusiastic can spend a few minutes - or hours - adding those recalcitrant pieces to the current puzzle.

After enjoying your game-time, please take advantage of our facility and browse our fine collection of books and DVDs.

For more information, please come in during regular hours or call us at 485-4143.

Friday, August 13, 2010

KOH New Arrivals!

For your reading and listening pleasure, I am proud to list below some new arrivals in books and DVD's. They are available for checkout during regular library hours:

DVD's: A Secret
Sixty Six
The First Basket

BOOKS: The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern
Torah In The Observatory: Gersonides, Maimonides, Songs of Songs by
Menachem Kellner
Something Red by Jennifer Gilmore
The Servants' Quarters by Lynn Freed
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine
Nechama Leibowitz: Teacher and Bible Scholar by Yael Unterman
God's Water by Berel Arrow
When Money Was In Fashion: Henry Goldman, Goldman Sachs, and the Founding of
Wall Street by June Breton Fisher
Dreams of Nationhood: American Jewish Communists and the Soviet Birobidzhan
Project, 1924-1951 by Henry Felix Srebrnik

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Introducing: KOH Used Book Room

KOH's Used Book Room holds a treasure trove of gently used books of many genres - all with a Jewish connection. Peruse the shelves for novels, coffee table books, Judaic studies, Biblical and Rabbinic texts, biographies, memoirs, humor antholgies and more. Bargain prices start at 50 cents each.

You can browse our collection online at kohusedbooks.gamaserve.com or during regular library hours.

SAVE THE DATE: Second Annual Used Book Sale 10/10 - 10/13/2010.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Books for Israel Project!

The KOH Library and Cultural center is joining with The Jade Bar Shalom to provide direct help to Israel's students and teachers (http://booksforisrael.wikispaces.com).

Israel has had to divert funding from its schools to National Defense. The Israeli public schools need English language books and educational materials to help the children prepare for life in our global community.

We are collecting new or gently used PAPERBACK children's books (pre-k through 12th grade). We hope to send our first shipment to Israel in December.

For more information, please contact Arlene Pearl at: kohbooksforisrael@yahoo.com

Donations to defray shipping costs are always welcome!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Famed International Artist Coming to KOH!

Please join us in welcoming Norwegian artist, Daniel Eish, on Monday, August 23, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Daniel Eish was born in Israel and began drawing as a child prodigy with his parents' support. By the time he commenced his formal art studies at Haifa University's rural extension in 1981, his family home was covered with portraits and abstract works in various media - pencil, charcoal, pastels, oils, and acrylic. After completing his fine art studies in 1984, he continued to study the teaching of art at Beit Eshkol in Afula, Israel for two years before emigrating to Bergen, Norway.

Daniel has exhibited his paintings internationally in Israel and Holland, as well as Norway. His most recent exhibits were at the Sarvi Gallery in Oslo and the Vox Gallery in Bergen.

For a preview of his work, check out his website at: www.danieish.com

Questions about this event? Contact Mehrnaz Halimi at: KOHartsprogram@gmail.com

Sunday, August 8, 2010

AJL Accreditation Celebration!

Following our monthly library board meeting this morning, we had a celebratory luncheon in honor of our recent accreditation by the Association of Jewish Libraries. On July 5, 2010, Jolie Baron represented the Kashenberg-Ostrow-Hayward Library and Cultural Center at the 45th annual AJL convention held in Seattle, Washington. During a special awards ceremony, she accepted our accreditation certificate. The certificate is now framed and on display in the KOH Library and Cultural Center.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Upcoming Lecture and Book Signing!

On Sunday, August 22nd at 2pm, Dr. Daniel Khazzoom, author of No Way Back - The Journey of a Jew from Baghdad, will be speaking in the KOH Library and Cultural Center. There are several First Edition, leather-bound copies available for purchase in the library, which Dr. Khazzoom will autograph on the 22nd.

Our blog features an excerpt from this upcoming publication. Click here to read it!

Please RSVP to Taliah Berger at taliah@thecenterat2300.com or (916) 488-4912.

Introducing the KOH Art Gallery

Did you know that the KOH Library and Cultural Center is also a rotating art gallery?

Approximately every six weeks, we feature the work of local and international Jewish artists. Every exhibit opens with a reception and artist meet-and-greet. The works are available for viewing during regular library hours. Many of the displayed works are also for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the KOH Library and Cultural Center.

We have already featured the following artists:
Ellen Hulls, ceramics
Pamela Baron, watercolor
Jennifer Berg, multi-media
Arlene Toder, oil painting
Bar Schacterman, sculptor

Our next artist will be Norwegian painter Daniel Eish - keep an eye on this space for more information!

August Book Club Meeting

Please join us on Tuesday, August 24th at 7pm for our monthly book club meeting.

This month we are discussing All Other Nights by Dara Horn

How is tonight different from all other nights? For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army during the Civil War, it is a question his commanders have already answered for him - on Passover, 1862, he is ordered to murder his own uncle in New Orleans, who is plotting to assassinate President Lincoln. After this harrowing mission, Jacob is recruited to pursue another enemy agent, the daughter of a Virginia family friend. But this time, his assignment isn’t to murder the spy, but to marry her. In this eagerly awaited third novel, award-winning author Dara Horn brings us page-turning storytelling at its best. Layered with meaning, she presents the most American of subjects with originality and insight.

Jolie Baron will be facilitating our discussion.

All Other Nights is available for check out at the KOH Library.

Hope to see you there!

Introducing the KOH Fiction Book Club!

We are a Jewish Fiction Book Club. Our members are men and women of all ages from the greater-Sacramento area Jewish community. We meet monthly to discuss a fiction book chosen by our members. Each December, we choose our books for the following year. Each month we invite a different member of our book club to serve as the facilitator.

So far, we have read and discussed:

Davita's Harp by Chaim Potok
The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Songs for the Butcher's Daughter by Peter Manseau
Portnoy's Complaint by Phillip Roth
Holding my Breath by Sidura Ludwig
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
The Golems of Gotham by Thane Rosembaum
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The River Midnight by Lilian Nattel
The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer

Our meetings are a combination of lively discussion, laughter, and debate. We welcome newcomers! We hold our meetings on Tuesday evenings from 7pm-8:30pm. Keep an eye on this space for the exact dates and the announcement of our book for the month. Hope to see you there!