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Arte Útil archive nr:

450

Initiator:

Arteam

Location:

Israel

Category:

pedagogical, politics, social

Users:

Activists, Politicians, students, children, migrants

Maintained by:

Tel Aviv Municipality and the Tel Aviv Yafo Centennial Committee, Pais – The Israeli Lottery Organization, The Israeli Center for Libraries, Users and ARTEAM.

Certification:

implemented

Duration:

1989 - ongoing

Arteam
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The Garden Library

Description:

This library is managed by a group of volunteers, and inside there are books for both adults and children in 16 different languages. Furthermore the library provides a series of recreational and educational activities. The library is open to all irrespective of religion, race or legal status. The difficulty in supporting and funding the library is due to the tough political climate in Israel and and anti-foreign worker and anti-refugee sentiments.

Goals:

To bring the library nearer to the people, that those who maintain illegal immigrant status would come without fear, that the library would not have a closed door or a guard at the entrance.

Beneficial Outcomes:

The librarians read to the children and help them with reading and writing—all in Hebrew, the language of their primary school education and the primary language in which they speak to each other. They run workshops and carry out various activities provided
free of charge by volunteers. The library contains approximately 3,500 books in Mandarin Chinese, Amharic, Thai, Tagalog, Arabic, French, Spanish, Nepalese, Bengali, Hindi, Turkish, Romanian, Sinhala, Tigrinya, and English.

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