Join the CJE for this year’s newly designed Summer Reading Program – it’s going to be “SENSE”-ational! The CJE Library and PJ Library in Baltimore are partnering for their 5th Summer Reading Program! Each child will be given a gift bag with a Jewish sensory activity. The program will continue to feature quality Jewish-themed books, fun prizes, and tasty treats as well!

This year families can choose books from our online catalog, pick up a Library Book Bundle or make an appointment to browse the library shelves. The Library Book Bundles will be organized by grade and will include books from your child’s summer reading list whenever possible. Library Book Bundles and books reserved through the online catalog will be able to be picked up curbside or with a library appointment.

Summer Reading Registration

Library Book Bundle

Library catalog

CJE SENSE-ational Summer Reading 2021

Who: Any student from Preschool-High School

When: June 11th – September 5th


  1. Register online and print or pick up a bookmark
  2. Read five books (on your reading/content level) from our library.
  3. Fill out the bookmark and bring it to the CJE Library by Friday, September 3rd.
  4. Receive your coupon for a delicious treat.
  5. Use your coupon by Sunday, September 5th.

How do I pick up books?

All book pick-ups are done by reservation. There are two ways you can pick up your books:

  1. Curbside Checkout- Reservations are made for a curbside meetup where the books that you have chosen or were chosen for you are brought down to your car.
  2. In-person appointment reservations in the library, to find out about making an appointment click here.

Curbside checkout

Our library catalog is open 24 hours and at any time you can log in and request a book to be held for you. Once the book is pulled from the shelf, you will be notified that it is ready for pickup. When you come to pick up your book(s), you can call the CJE front desk at (410) 735-5000 to set up a time for pickup and/or drop-off. The days and hours that we will be scheduling and offering curbside checkout are Monday – Thursday, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Friday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Check out our catalog here.

If you don’t have a username and password please fill out this form.

If you have a username and password but aren’t sure what it is, please email our librarian, Jessica Fink, and she can help set you up.

Using the library catalog

Specific book titles can be reserved by logging onto our library catalog:

  1. Type into your internet browser
  2. Choose “Maryland” as the state
  3. Choose “Center for Jewish Education, Baltimore, MD”
  4. Go to the top right corner of the screen where it says “Log In”


Here is a video on how to place a “hold” on a book

What is a Library Book Bundle?

Are you looking for children’s books, but don’t know where to start? Let the librarians surprise your child and you with a wonderful selection of books. Each bundle will consist of three books based on your child’s school’s summer reading list and age. You may request bundles by clicking here.

How do I return books?

Anytime that the JCC is open! You can return your books in the book return box in the PH JCC lobby.

How can I get a bookmark?

Sign up for Summer Reading and you will receive a link to download and print your bookmark.

How can I get a library username?

You can request a username when you sign up for the summer reading program or you can fill out this form

How will my child pick up their prize?

After your child has completed their summer reading and filled out their bookmark, bring it into the CJE and receive your coupon for a sweet treat, which will list the location.  Our hours are Monday – Thursday 11:00AM – 3:00PM, Friday 11:00AM-2:00PM. Call us at (410) 735-5000 so we know to expect you.

You can either:

  1. Have a CJE staff member bring down the coupon for a curbside pickup
  2. Come up to the CJE to receive your coupon at the door.  If you would like to check out more books while you’re here, please make an appointment.

When is the last day my child can pick up their prize certificate?

Friday, September 3rd

What is the last day my child can redeem their prize?

Sunday, September 5th

What books should my child read for the summer reading program?

Your child should read books that are on their reading and content level from the CJE library, that they haven’t read previously.  Feel free to contact the librarian, Jessica Fink at, to set up a time for a phone conversation about book choices and suggestions.
>>Summer Reading Book Lists

My child can’t read on their own, can I read the books to them?


If my child reads more than the required number of books, can he or she be eligible for a second prize?

No, one prize per child.

Can I pick up a prize for my friend’s child?


Does a parent have to be with a child in order to pick up their prize certificate and their prize?


Who should I contact with a question?

Jessica Fink, CJE Librarian
(410) 735-5000

CJE Library

Our hours are
Monday-Thursday 11:00am-4:00pm
Friday 11:00am-2:00pm.

The CJE Library is open by appointment only.  Click here.

To contact Jessica Fink, CJE librarian, email or call 410-735-5018.