The Mildred and Irving Hand Library was established to meet the religious, cultural, social and educational needs of the congregation. In our current collection we have 1,250 books for adults, young adults and children, as well as reference materials and will soon have a magazine and newspaper section. The library is funded by the Mildred and Irving Hand Library Fund and the Alex White Memorial Library Collection.
Beautifully furnished, the library is housed in the addition to Temple Ohev Sholom. Dedicated in 2012 as the Mildred and Irving Hand Library, the facility provides a comfortable and quiet place to browse, study and relax. We have an area designated for children’s books placed near smaller tables and chairs designed for comfort of the younger readers.
The library is open during Temple office hours and during weekday and Sunday religious school hours. Circulation is based on the honor system. Check-out information is located on the desk in the library with clear instructions. Books may be borrowed for up to one month and then renewed if necessary.
Religious school students use the library for story-time and research for class projects; teachers use the library to supplement their curriculum. Members of the congregations have found the library useful for anything from research to supplement their spiritual studies, to information on health and wellness, Jewish history or even to help in planning for a B’nai Mitzvah.
The Library is maintained by a small staff of dedicated volunteers and is always looking for additional people to volunteer their time and skills. If you are interested in volunteering on the Library Committee, please contact the Temple office at 233-6459.