The PJ Library, a national values-based reading program for Jewish families, has come to Pinellas and west Pasco.
The program provides one free book or music CD a month to children 6 months to 6 years old in Jewish households.
For residents in Pinellas and west Pasco, the program is administered by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas/Pasco Counties.
The program is free for two years. Its goal, according to the federation, is to help strengthen Jewish homes by encouraging children's curiosity about their heritage and to help families explore their identity.
The program is open to the first 225 children to register. Applicants beyond that will be put on a waiting list.
Locally, the program is supported by the Hyman Weinberg Endowment Fund, the Fred and Emily Gurtman Philanthropic Fund, and the Adele R. Cohen Philanthropic Fund of the Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation.
Nationally, the PJ Library serves more than 55 communities, including Tampa, Sarasota and Gainesville.