This Week in JPL History: The Yiddish Book Center Comes to Visit!

The Library dedicated this plaque to the Yiddish Talking Books volunteers and Henry Rabin

During mid-December of last year the Jewish Public Library was proud to host visitors from the Jewish Book Center (YBC). This visit was the first step towards digitizing the collection of recordings that document close to 30 years of the Library’s events, with the goal of ensuring these would be widely available to listen to. The collection consists of lectures and readings from writers who presented at the JPL starting in 1953. These gems preserved at the Library offer more than just a glimpse into the events that took place in this institution; they allow listeners to be immersed within the sounds, voices and sentiments of its past. In the YBC’s work to preserve and make accessible Yiddish literary activity, they have helped highlight one of the JPL’s most closely-held and experiential collections.

Some of these events have already been digitized by the YBC and are available for your listening pleasure. These early recordings make up the Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library, which can be visited here.

This was the second visit of the YBC in 2012 to the JPL. The YBC is also digitizing tapes from the Yiddish Talking Books project as a part of the Sami Rohr Library of Recorded Books.

You can find recordings from the Yiddish Talking Books project here.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting initiative of the YBC’s you can visit their own blog post about their visit!

The This Week in Jewish Public Library History blog series was made possible through the generous support of the Peter and Ellen Jacobs Virtual Archives Fund.

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