Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel ( announced today the opening of the Sharon Woodrow Memorial E-Book Library, the first English-language virtual library in Israel and one of the first e-book libraries in any language in the country. Open to members of the organization, the library, a service of Freading from Library Ideas (, contains 50,000 titles for all ages from more than 1,000 trade publishers. Patrons of the library will be able to read the books they choose on computers and mobile devices with Freading’s iPhone, iPad and Android apps.

Josie Arbel, Director of Absorption Services for AACI, noted, “The e-book library complements our extensive print library and library for the visually impaired. However, it expands the offerings available and extends our ability to offer English-language reading material to all of our members throughout the country in a way that leverages the technological capabilities of the 21st century.”

Brian Downing, President of Library Ideas, is excited about this foray into the Israeli market. “We are delighted to provide English-speaking Israelis with the opportunity to read outstanding fiction and nonfiction,” he said. “We are proud to be part of this groundbreaking effort in the Middle East.”

David London, executive director of AACI, expressed thanks to the family of Sharon Woodrow, particularly her sister, Riverdale resident Diane Romm, who approached the organization with the idea of the e-book library. A native of New York and an avid reader, Sharon married Paul Glaser and moved with him to Haifa in 1990, where she passed away in 2014.

About AACI:

One of the largest membership-based groups in Israel, AACI is a voluntary, non-profit organization established in 1951 to help North American immigrants acclimate to Israeli society and to build strong ties between North American Jewish communities and Israel.

About Library Ideas:

Based in Fairfax, Virginia, the mission of Library Ideas is to provide innovative and turnkey digital solutions to libraries around the world. Founded in 2008, the company has a presence in more than 1,000 libraries. In 2011, it was named one of the top 100 companies in the digital content industry.

By Diane Romm

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