Pizza, bowling and books. Sounds like the perfect recipe. PJ Library, a national program that provides free books with Jewish content to families, is launching its PJ Our Way Program in Baltimore. With more than 200 programs across the country, PJ Library handpicked Baltimore as one of 10 pilot cities to begin its new initiative for older children.
While their initial program is for families with children ranging from 6 months to 8 years old, PJ Our Way is widening the age range for 9 to 11 years old. This Sunday, Oct. 26, the project will host a bowling and pizza party at the Pikesville AMF Bowling Lanes from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate.
“We are opening this event up to 7 and 8 year olds as well,” said Lara Nicolson, the local PJ Library coordinator. “The idea is to create your own account, choose one book every month and read the books of your choice. For our younger children, we select the books. We want to give the older kids more freedom.”
With students charged $5 for admission, parents come free. The event also offers camp discounts,
including a $500 raffle for new campers to attend any partner camp of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore for free. Erica Perl, author of “When Life Gives You OJ” and “Aces Wild” will also be there. “We are so excited to have Erica Perl join us,” said Nicolson. “How often can you come face-to-face with an author?”
As an organization, the PJ Library in Baltimore has already made strides, noted one client, non-Jewish mother of two Jorie Rozencwaig. She heard about the program through the Mother’s Circle at the Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills.
“Through the Mother’s Circle, I discovered the PJ Library, and I figured why not?” said Rozencwaig, who is raising her kids Jewish. “My kids really look forward to receiving the books, and many of the books have expanded my knowledge of Jewish culture. We have been really happy with the program so far.”
For more information, visit cjebaltimore.org/pjbowls .