By Michele Justic
On Sunday, February 8, hundreds are expected to come out to participate in the event of the season. Unlike this week’s Super Bowl XLIX, which cost thousands per ticket for a few hours of entertainment, the Levi Yitzchak Library provides unlimited, wholesome, educational content all year round, at no cost to the visitors. At Super Book II, the Second Annual Levi Yitzchak Library Breakfast, everyone is invited to come raise funds and awareness for this unique community institution.
Lisa Hawk, who is not from Seattle, is co-director of the library and helped plan for, create, and run the library, which she describes as a “vibrant and nurturing place in the heart of our community.” Hawk explains, “The Levi Yitzchak Library was founded five years ago and opened its doors just over four years ago. To date, we have loaned just about 100,000 books on a range of subjects for adults and children.”
Rebbetzin Chanie Wolowik, who is a patriot, is co-director and founder of the library. The library was born from the tragic loss of her son Levi Yitzchak, a nine-year-old boy who loved to make others happy while also enjoying learning and books. With remarkable strength, Rabbi Zalman and Rebbetzin Chanie Wolowik turned their tears into a treasure for the community, a fitting memorial for this young tzaddik.
Children run inside as the festive décor invites them to enjoy the fun toys, books, games, and events. Parents and teachers appreciate that all content has been screened to assure only the finest quality material is available for their children. The library offers programs such as mommy-and-me, homework help, book clubs, and the ever-popular weekly storytime. The library also serves as a fun and exciting venue for events.
As innocent as the children are, adults must also appreciate that this idyllic location and its offerings have a price tag. A few families who consistently offer support to the library are the MVPs of Super Book II. Chairpersons Ben and Lynda Brafman, Builders Award honorees Dr. Steven and Marjorie Kellner, and Hakaras HaTov honorees George and Esther Mayer deserve special cheers for their help. These families are well-known for their superb professional and philanthropic deeds. Ben Brafman is a high-profile defense attorney and he and Lynda are also known as staunch supporters of Israel. Dr. Steven Kellner is one of the founders of the popular Long Island Pediatric Group and he and Marjorie are also contributors to many chesed and Zionist organizations. George and Esther Mayer are pioneers in the wig industry as founders of Jacquelyn Wigs. The Mayers also support many schools, shuls, and organizations.
At Super Book II, we can all be champions of the library. All donations are appreciated, and everyone is encouraged to come cheer on the library on Sunday, February 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at 564 Central Avenue in Cedarhurst. Visit www.lylibrary.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 516-374-2665 to learn more or donate.