The Kripke Jewish Federation Library houses one of the largest collections of Judaica material in the Midwest. The collection contains over 40,000 volumes and includes books, film, music, journals and magazines. The library is the site of one of the largest collections of Russian material outside the East Coast.
The library, which is open to the public and is free of charge, also offers special programming for adults and children.
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Kripke Federation Library Catalog is available on-line. Go to catalog
Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group
November 15, 1979 marked the debut of the Jewish Federation Library Book discussion group (renamed the Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group). A team of dedicated women, including late "Library Diva" Dorothy Kaplan, were intent on beginning a book club at the Library. Their goal was to select books with Jewish content and/or authors which they hoped would appeal to women of different ages and taste. With the diversity of topics - everything from poetry and mysteries to science fiction and biographies – and guest facilitators, the Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group offers something for everyone! You are welcome to join. There is no cost and there is always an insightful exchange of observations.
The group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library. Contact Library Specialist, Shirly Banner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-334-6462 with questions.