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The Youth Wing Library
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The existence in a museum of a children's library focusing on illustration is only natural, because illustration is primarily a work of art. But that connection is not always apparent to Museum visitors.

Considering art education to be its mission, the Israel Museum Ruth Youth Wing for Art Education attaches great importance to the establishment of a library of illustrated children's literature. The Library's pioneering documentation and promotion of illustration of children's literature in Israel is a recognition of the role played by children's book illustrations, among the first works of art which children encounter. This is expressed in every plane of the Library's activity.

The Library's unique character is apparent in the choice of cataloging and arranging the books on the shelves according to the illustrators' rather than the authors' last names. The challenge posed to the visitor by adhering to this principle proves its necessity: paradoxically, we recognize and remember an illustration seen in childhood - often with more clarity than the story itself - but we do not know the illustrator's name.
he Youth Wing Library houses more than 7,500 children's books from Israel and abroad. The collection includes books written in Hebrew, Arabic, English, and other languages. A number of the volumes are antique and rare. The Library also houses a collection of books addressing various aspects of art education. Visitors are invited to browse and use the books inside the Library, but the books are not put on loan.

The Library's target audience includes children and parents - who often happily discover books which they enjoyed as children to share with their own children - and a variety of educators, students, and professionals.

The Library presents rotating exhibitions of original illustrations, sometimes in conjunction with the annual exhibitions mounted in the Youth Wing. There is a special reference room in the Library, in which visitors can peruse rare books and original illustrations from the collection.

Opening hours: Sundays and Wednesdays 10 am – 2 pm; Mondays 1 -5 pm, Tuesdays 4-7 pm

Mondays in the Library
December 27, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Big Art for Little Artists
In this series of meetings with Michal Kerer, storytelling inspires children to create their own works of art. 4:30 pm; Ages 4 - 6, NIS 30

Big Art for Bigger Artists
For slightly older children, who are either new or continuing the program. 5:30 pm; Ages 7 - 9, NIS 30

(in Hebrew)

Tuesdays in the Library

December 28
Story and Recycled Art: Story and recycled art with Telma Schultz, inspired by the Brothers Grimm's tale in which a pumpkin turns into a coach.

January 4 From Head to Toe: Story, movement, and art with dancer Alit Etrog Heiman

January 11 There's No Such Thing as a Dragon: Orly Simchi's puppet-theater enactment of Jack Kent's story

January 18 See Triple Tuesdays

January 25 King Solomon and the Bee: Delila Shemesh dramatizes this renowned legend about King Solomon.

5:00 pm; Ages 4 - 8, NIS 15

Exhibition: Peter Sis - Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

From December 21  This exhibition presents original illustrations, photographs, and objects related to The Wall, an illustrated book by Czech artist Peter Sis. This autobiographical book deals with Sis's childhood and young adulthood behind the Iron Curtain in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The book was published in the United States, where Sis has lived since 1984, and has won many prizes, including a designation as a Caldecott Honor Book. This exhibition is held in collaboration with the Czech Center Tel Aviv.

Orna Granot, Associate Curator of the Library for Children's Books[email protected]

Galit Tzilber-Eitan, Librarian  [email protected]

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