PJ Library

Join over 7,000 families in the Chicago metropolitan area receiving FREE Jewish books every month through PJ Library!

PJ Library is a FREE program that sends high-quality, age appropriate Jewish books and music to families each month – with absolutely no strings attached. The PJ Library program in Chicago is available to families with children ages 6 months to 8 years living in the metropolitan Chicago area: Cook, Lake, Will, McHenry, DuPage and Kane counties.

By sharing timeless stories of Jewish traditions, values and heritage, PJ Library is helping to build a stronger Jewish people, one book at a time.

PJ Library was created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, a leader in creating and supporting innovative opportunities for Jewish engagement in Western Massachusetts and beyond. PJ Library is part of JUF Young Families and is a gift to Chicagoland families from the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the generosity of local donors including Iris and Steve Podolsky, Anschel-Eilian Family Charitable Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies, as well as local Jewish early childhood educators.


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About PJ Library

Learn more about PJ Library, it’s funders, what to expect in your next book or music package and how to sign up if you are outside the Chicago area. Learn more...


PJ Library in Chicago offers family-friendly events throughout the year focusing on Jewish holiday celebrations and community service Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) projects.  Learn More...

PJ Library Book Girl

PJ Library in Chicago is proud to partner with 70 local Jewish organizations. Download the PDF list or view the online list.

PJ Our Way

Is your child 9-11 years old? We invite you to experience the next chapter of PJ Library by joining the PJ Our Way program. Now your child can choose his or her own FREE Jewish books every month!

Contact PJ Library Chicago by phone at 312-357-4831 or email at PJLibrary@juf.org.

What's Up at JYF?

Building Stories With Legos

Join PJ Library and PJ Our Way in exploring the story behind the Golem through Legos! In Jewish tradition, the golem is an anthropomorphic creature made by magic. There have been many modern interpretations, including the Minecraft game's Iron Golem. Working with  Play Well TEKnologies , participants will draw inspiration from Jewish folklore and Minecraft to build their own Lego Golem. And while the kids play, parents are invited to attend Sleep Away Camp 101, a workshop and meet & greet with staff from Chicago area Jewish summer camps.

PJ Gives Back: Holiday Giving

PJ Gives Back is a series of programs designed to provide families with the opportunity to participate in hands-on volunteer experiences. On December 13th, PJ Gives Back will focus on the theme of Holiday Giving. Families will make care packages for kids at Mount Sinai Hospital and enjoy interactive stories with award winning writer and storyteller Aubrey Davis.