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The Eckert Family
Tell us about your family and how you heard about PJ Library!
We are the Eckert family: Juri, Marianna, Emily (16), Melina (13), Jason (10), Ben (8), Josephine (3), Alia (1). Juri and I were born in Russia. Our families moved to Germany where we met and got married, then we moved to Canada 14 years ago. 
We met Florencia at an event at Congregation Shaarey Zedek where she told us about PJ Library. We signed up right away and it was a blessing for us since!

Tell us about your experiences with PJ Library and how this program (books, events and/or initiatives) has impacted your family.
Our children are always excited when their PJ Library books arrive! Sometimes we pick up the mail on the way to an appointment and when the PJ Library books are there, all of the kids would sit and quietly read their books and trade with each other. It makes for a nice and quiet time in the car for a change!
When Melina grew out of PJ Library, we were happy to sign up for PJ Our Way. She loves choosing her own books and now Jason is getting them too. Emily was already too old for PJ Library books but she is always reading all the books her siblings get right away too.
We love reading them at bedtime, and when a Jewish holiday comes, we learn about craft ideas and/or recipes that the children can try out.
We are so amazed by getting free books and other gifts: the aprons that the children use when helping in the kitchen, the tzedakah box, the Haggadah for Passover, and most recently the calendar which is such a great idea. So many ways that help teach our children about Jewish life. 
Our favourite PJ Library event was the Sukkot event at A Maze in Corn, but we love all the PJ Library events! They helped us a lot to get to know the Jewish community when we were new to Winnipeg.

What are your child(ren)'s favourite PJ Library books? 
Our favourite PJ Library books are the Rabbi Harvey books and other funny stories like the stories of Chelm. When I read the "The Passover Parrot" I always sing the "Ma Nishtanah" (The Four Questions) in a scratchy “parrot voice”. The children always laugh and love it so much that they choose that book over and over for me to read at bedtime.
We also love the hardcover books for babies. Our youngest would always bring one to me and sit on my lap so I can read it to her. Two phrases from these books are now stuck with my family and we all use "Listen Baby" and "Shalom Bayit" (Peace of the Home). The last time Josephine said to Alia "Alia come in our tent... Shalom Bayit." 

What would you say to a friend who has never heard of PJ Library?
PJ Library is amazing! Children get free books and other gifts in the mail with their name on it! Sometimes even moms can choose a book! So many fun events throughout the year. I don't think that anyone regrets signing up to PJ Library!

Anything else you would like to share?
Through PJ Library we learned about the Jewish Kids Radio. We love just listening to the songs and we love the switch to the bedtime mode when getting ready for bed. We are so thankful for everything PJ Library does. It has enriched our lives in many ways. Thank you so much!
Upcoming Events

PJ Library Grandparent Packs


All PJ Library Grandparents can sign up to receive a special PJ pack with books to use when visiting with their grandchildren!

PJ Library Book Collection 


Do you have duplicate books or books that your children grew out of?
We would love to take them off your hands and repurpose them for programs and other initiatives!
You could be the next Family of the Month!
Hello PJ Library family!
If you wish to be featured as the PJ Family of the Month and share your experiences with PJ Library and/or PJ Our Way and the impact on your family, please contact us!

Florencia Katz, Education & Engagement Director | PJ Library Winnipeg, 204.480.7559
Abby Flackman, PJ Our Way Coordinator, 204.477.7424
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