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Jugenbibliothek München October 27, 2013

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I promise this will be the last post about my summer travels! Most people have special places that they look for while traveling. For some, it’s historical monuments, for others it’s great restaurants, stores or parks. I usually look for bookstores, but I think I’m going to have to add libraries to my list. Because in Munich this summer, I found the most amazing library.

The main reading room.

The main reading room.

The Internationale Jugendbibliothek or International Youth Library is housed in the Schloss Blutenberg, a castle dating to the 13th century. It is the largest library for international children’s and youth literature in the world, with a collection of almost 600,000 books in addition to documentary materials and journals. With rotating exhibits on writers and illustrators and shelves of recommended books in many different languages, it’s a paradise for librarians, researchers and anyone who is a reader.

The medieval church in the castle--one of the few that wasn't redecorated during the Baroque era.

The medieval church in the castle–one of the few that wasn’t redecorated during the Baroque era.

There are two different exhibit halls in the library. One has cases for a visiting exhibit, along with examples of work by Binette Shroeder, a German artist that I had never encountered before. Her illustrations are dreamy and filled with light–the exhibit has them mounted in light boxes that you open, giving the best view of the work. There is also a tiny door in the wall, which you can open to see a music-box type automaton of her characters. So cool!

Magical music box hidden behind a door!

Magical music box hidden behind a door!

If you love children’s book and happen to find yourself in Munich, I highly recommend visiting this magnificent library. I’m now scheming ways to get enough money to go back and do research there!

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