PJ Library®

What is PJ Library?



PJ Library sends Jewish children’s books and music every month to families with children ages 6 months through 8 years. Each book, geared towards a specific age, helps you create your own family’s connection to Jewish traditions, holidays, and values. PJ Library is not just about the books. We support hundreds of local programs, most of which are free of cost. Whether you are looking to meet people, want to learn something new, or just need to get out of the house, there are PJ Library events for your family happening in your community!


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To register for PJ Library events please contact Brandy Gold at 813.769.4725 or


2017-2018 Program Schedule



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sukkah Scramble

10:00 – 11:30 am | Bryan Glazer Family JCC

522 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606

Come join us for the best hide and seek game ever! Find the hidden fruit, make fruit salad and Sukkah crafts and enjoy featured PJ Library story, Sky-High Sukkah!

Geared toward PJ friends ages 6 months – 8 years


Educational Component: The children will be learning about why we decorate our Sukkah’s the way we do and participating in making the JCC Sukkah.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Rain, Rain DON’T Go Away!

12:30 – 2:00 pm | Hillel Academy

2020 W. Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612

Come join us for umbrella decorating & rain stick creating in celebration of Shemini Atzeret…the RAIN Holiday! Pizza will be served, rain dances will happen, beautiful rain sticks and umbrellas will be created! Featured PJ Library book is Maya Prays for Rain.
Geared toward PJ friends ages 5+


Educational Component: Shemini Atzeret is the holiday when Jews the world over will pray for rain. A fun filled discussion about how rain is a blessing and the many wonderful things that the glorious weather element can do for our land.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Nanny’s Educational Zoo and Rescue

10:00 – 11:30 am

1139 Livingston Rd, Lutz, FL 33559

Come pet the goats, feed the tortoise, hold a duckling and play with the horse! There will be a craft, snacks and featured PJ Library story, The Littlest Pair!

Geared toward PJ friends of all ages

$5 donation per family (please bring cash)

Educational Component: Showing kindness to animals.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hanukkah Hop @ Gator Fred’s

12:00 – 2:00 pm

5360 Erlich Road, Tampa, FL 33624

Come hop and play and celebrate Hanukkah with PJ Library friends! Hopping, playing, pizza, holiday treats and featured PJ Library story, The Hanukkah Trike!

Geared toward PJ friends ages 8 and under

$5 per child (pay at the door)

Educational component: Understanding the true meaning of Hanukkah and why we celebrate. Children will hop and hop, some will fall down, but they all always get up! Gabi is thrilled to receive a new tricycle as a Hanukkah gift. After falling off the trike and scraping her hands and knees, she’s afraid to try again, but finds courage by remembering the bravery of the Maccabees.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

PJ Loves Disco & Tzedakah Dance Party!

10:00 – 11:30 am | Bryan Glazer Family JCC

522 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606

Dance the morning away; enjoy snacks, parachute play and featured PJ Library story book, Jumping Jenny!
Geared toward PJ friends ages 6 months – 8 years


Educational component: Children will learn how dancing, jumping and playing could be used for a good cause! Jenny loves to jump, but when her energetic jumping gets her into trouble. Then her school decides to hold a fundraising fair, and she discovers that her skill can be used for a good cause. 



Sunday, February 11, 2018

Challah Twisting!

10:00 – 11:30 am | JCC on the Cohn Campus

13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa, FL 33625

Twist, roll, knead and color! Make Challah; enjoy snacks, Shaboom video, “Why We Eat Challah” and coloring. Featured PJ Library book, This is the Challah.

Geared toward PJ friends ages 6 months - 8 years


Educational Component: When Bubbe and her grandchild bake challah for Shabbat, they make a big mess — and have a great time doing it. Told in rhyme, this story illustrates the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Shabbat — and the symbolic place our Challah holds at the Shabbat table.




Sunday, March 4, 2018

Family LEGO Building Mission & Pizza Dinner!

4:30 – 6:30 pm | Bryan Glazer Family JCC

522 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606

70,000 LEGO blocks will be used to create the Kotel, David’s Tower, the 2nd Temple, The Montefiore Windmill, all the Gates going into the Old City and 80 buildings inside the walls! Completion will be a 400 square foot model, exactly to scale!

This Family Event is geared toward PJ Library friends ages 5+ and their families!

$36 per family (up to 6) or $12 for individual

RSVP to Brandy Gold at brandy.gold@jewishtampa.com


Sunday, April 22, 2018

Let’s go to Israel!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | JCC on the Cohn Campus

13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa, FL 33625

The community wide Israel Independence Day Celebration will have a special time and place set aside for our PJ Library friends to celebrate Israel’s 70th Birthday!
Geared toward ages 6 months - 8 years


Educational Component: Celebrate the wonderful things about Israel! How many ways do we love Israel? Let’s count them...at least up until we reach the number 10!


Sunday, May 6, 2018

PJ Library celebrates Lag B’Omer

6:00 – 7:30 pm | JCC on the Cohn Campus

13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa, FL 33625

Enjoy songs and stories around the bonfire with s’mores and age appropriate arts & crafts and archery games. Featured PJ Library story book, A Holiday for Ari Ant.

Geared toward friends of all ages


In Collaboration with Club J

Educational Component: Children will learn why we celebrate with large bonfires and shoot bow and arrows for this festive holiday!


Sunday, June 10, 2018

End of the Year Pool Party

9:30 – 11:30 am | Bryan Glazer Family JCC

522 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606

Kick-off the summer with the splashiest PJ Library Splash Pad Pool Party around! Games, music, snacks and lots of splashing around!

Geared toward PJ friends ages 6 months - 8 years


For more information about PJ Library contact Brandy Gold at brandy.gold@jewishtampa.com or 813.769.4725

What does PJ stand for?

Pajamas! We know those special times of reading, dancing and singing together happen when your children are wearing their pajamas.

Who is eligible to register?

A family must have children from 6 months to 5 years old with one Jewish parent in the household and much currently reside in Hillsborough or Pasco Counties.

What’s the cost?

The PJ Library® is free when your child is enrolled in the program due to our generous local donors. There is only one enrollment allowed per household.

About Jewish Values

Jewish Holidays most parents aspire to raise a mensch, a kind, caring, and responsible person. Helping out at home, respecting others, showing gratitude, taking care of the earth, and performing acts of kindness -- each of these is a universal value with deep roots in Jewish tradition.

Many PJ Library books teach Jewish values through the stories they tell. The links below take you directly to PJ books that reflect specific Jewish values.


About Jewish Holidays


The Jewish calendar is filled with holidays, each one an opportunity for celebration, contemplation, passing on traditions, and pure family fun. The links below take you to holiday books, activities, parenting advice, and other resources to help enrich your family's Jewish holiday experience.


Book Suggestions for Jewish Families


The book selection of PJ Library is just a beginning. The resources below offer suggested readings and book reviews pertaining to topics and selections beyond the reach of PJ Library content areas and age groups.


PJ Library Donors