On Sunday, May 16 more than 40 PJ Library kids and family members gathered at Cashman field to watch the Las Vegas 51's take on the Omaha Royals.This was a chance for PJ families to meet, spend time in the sun, and cheer on our local baseball team.
The PJ Library is a non-profit literacy initiative in its third year in Las Vegas. PJ Library sends out free Jewish books and CDs each month to children up to 8 years old. The program aims to transform bedtime moments into Jewish bedtime moments (hence "PJ" for "pajamas). A national program started by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in Springfield, MA, The PJ Library is available to Las vegas families through the generously of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas and the Greenspun Family Foundation. There are more than 1100 children in the valley receiving books. Besides getting free books and CDs, PJ families receive a monthly e-newsletter with information about upcoming holidays and community happenings for Jewish families. We've hosted story times at local schools and Tot Shabbat programs. This year, we expect to see programming grow as we introduce story times at local camps and plan a high holiday event for the fall.
"We strive to provide PJ families with the chance to meet other Jewish families and get involved with Jewish life in Las Vegas," said PJ LIbrary Program Coordinator, Amanda Harris.
4 year-old Rone Perlman threw out the first pitch, representing PJ Library.
Though the day was very hot, we enjoyed sitting in a special PJ Library section, and everyone received a 51s baseball hat to help protect us from the sun. "We loved it!" exclaimed PJ parent, Sharon Jacobs.
After the game, all of the children were invited down to the field to run the bases.
It was a fun chance to watch the 51s win and meet other families who love reading their PJ Library books each month.