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Discriminating group leaders and teachers will not only
draw freely npon the rich reservoir of numerous types of book
programs conducted in varying situations, a record of which is
now available, but will also strive to do original programming.
In lieu of following the trodden path exclusively and slavishly,
they Will blaze paths of their own, adding constantly enriching
products of their ingenuity, resourcefulness and creativity.
Cornmunity-Wide Celebrations
Most of the programs arranged in the past two years have
been planned on an institutional or organizational basis, involv-
ing the members of one unit, several cooperating groups within a
synagogue, Center or Hebrew School, as well as constituent
branches of national youth or adult bodies.
There have also been striking examples of celebrations in
several cities, the scope of which was all-embracing in character,
notably in Allentown, Pa., Cleveland, ()., Malden, Mass., Los
Angeles, Calif., Port Chester, N. Y., and Detroit, Mich. All
available communal resources were drawn upon, the active co-
operation of diverse elements of the population was enlisted,
thereby converting the book week observances into genuine com-
munity-wide enterprises.
The initiative in bringing together representatives of Jewish
and general cultural agencies to plan book celebrations on a
neighborhood or city-wide basis, is generally taken by the local
synagogue, Jewish Community Center or central Jewish educa-
tional Bureau. Sub-committees are designated to assume respon-
sibi 1 ity for specific tasks. All publicity arteries are channelled,
including newspapers, pulpits, Center periodicals, the radio,
movies, mailing lists, periodic meetings of youth and adult
societies, to make known to interested individuals and groups
the period set aside for Jewish Book Month, the names of the
sponsors, the activities contemplated, etc. Judicious leadership
will also make certain to capitalize to the utmost the inherent
potentialities of this cultural undertaking for the reinforcement
of the bonds of reciprocal interfaith understanding.
Diversified activity projects are described in the 1941 Manual
of Suggestions* and the 1942 Book Week Annual** to which the
reader is referred. They vary from elaborate book fairs to limited
exhibits of current Jewish books, works by and about distin-
guished scholars and authors whose anniversaries occur, periodi-
cals, original manuscripts, rare editions, art and ceremonial
objects. An infinite variety of book activities is also incorporated
in the programs of the regular meetings of small and large groups
*Pages 8 to 23.
**Pages 17 to 32.