Joan Tedlow, our librarian, is on medical leave and expects to return sometime over the summer. In the interim, Barbara Sutton, former librarian at the JCC, and Renee Lucas, one of our Sunday librarians, will staff the library on Tuesday and Wednesday. You may reach them by calling 760.436.0654 x280.
The Alpert Mendelson Library is the largest Judaic library in Northern San Diego County. The library is one of a select number of facilities that was awarded Advanced Accreditation by the Association of Jewish Libraries in 2005. The collection of approximately 10,000 volumes is divided into an Adult Library, the Aaron Price Children’s Library, an extensive Reference Section, and Holocaust and Parenting areas. The Media Section includes numerous audiobooks, DVDs and musical CDs.
The library staff works closely with our Religious School and Early Childhood Education Directors to insure that our children are exposed to the very best in Jewish literature. Religious School students visit the library for story time, ECC students also visit for monthly story time, while our Kindergarten comes in weekly.
We are a community resource and encourage non-members to utilize the facility and participate in our book clubs. We offer checkout privileges to non-members and are always available to help with research questions and projects.
Book Clubs: The Alpert Mendelson Library offers two book clubs, facilitated by our librarian. The clubs have been on hold while Joan is on leave. We hope they will resume in September. Check this page periodically for further information.
New Acquisitions: For information on recently-purchased books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs check out New Acquisitions. Contact us with your suggestions.
Used Book Sale: We will offer mini book sales throughout the year. Gently-used books are also available during library hours on the sale carts in front of the library.
Donations: There are three funds available for people interested in donating to the Alpert Mendelson Library. All books in the library are acquired through your donations. To see how you can help your Temple Solel library grow, please click on the following links listed below.
Birthday Book Club: You may honor a child on his/her special day. For a $20 donation, our librarian will select an age-appropriate book, inscribe a beautiful bookplate, and send the birthday child a personal letter about your gift with an invitation to be the very first person to check out the book. Click here to access our Birthday Book Club Request Form.
Alpert Mendelson Library: A donation to our Adult Library is an invaluable way to share a special occasion or to memorialize a loved one. A donation of $25 will be recognized with an imprinted bookplate. Click here to access our Donation Form.
Aaron Price Children’s Library: Almost half of our library is devoted to our children section - from toddlers to young adults. Click here for Donation Form.
During the School Year: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00am – 6:00pm.
During the Summer: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00am – 2:00pm.
Temple staff will be happy to open the library for congregants at other times. Please ask at the front administrative office. You may also leave a voice mail for our librarians: 760.436.0654 x280