Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Library to Host Jewish Literature Series!

Big news for Emmet O’Neal Library - we will host a free five-part reading and discussion series called “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination” starting in June.

The series explores Jewish literature and culture through scholar-led discussions of contemporary and classic books on the theme of “Your Heart’s Desire: Sex & Love in Jewish Literature.” Emmet O'Neal Library is one of over 250 libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series developed by Nextbook and the American Library Association (ALA). Local support for the series is provided by the Levite Jewish Community Center.

The first program will explore Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth and will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.

Additional books will be discussed once per month at the library. These books are

  • The Little Disturbance of Man by Grace Paley, on July 31st at 10:00 a.m.
  • A Simple Story by S.Y. Agnon on August 28th at 10:00 a.m.
  • The Lover by A.B. Yehoshua on September 25th at 10:00 a.m., and, lastly
  • The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein on October 30th at 10:00 a.m.
All of these titles can be found at Emmet O’Neal Library. Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss of Temple Emanu-El will lead a discussion of the book at each session. This is the second time that Rabbi Scott Hausman-Weiss and The Emmet O’Neal Library have received such a grant from ALA and Nextbook for a Jewish Literature Series.

For details or to register, please visit or contact Katie Moellering at 445-1118 or

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