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[Saturday Reads] A tour of the International Youth Library Munich – A Veritable Labyrinth of Dreaming Books


Myra here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.

Last Tuesday, I shared about my recent visit to the International Youth Library in Munich. Here are a few more pictures from that short but sweet week in Germany.


We were given a lovely tour of the entire library by Mdm. Petra Woersching. With us in the picture is foremost children’s literature scholar, Junko Yokota who also happened to be at the IYL the same week that we were there. Professor Yokota was one of our keynote speakers at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content last year.

Meeting the IYL Director, Dr. Christiane Raabe


This is the beautiful office of Dr. Raabe.


From Left to Right: Professor Tuting Hernandez, Historical Linguist; myself – clinical psychologist; Professor Ruanni Tupas, sociolinguist; and Dr. Christiane Raabe, the Director of IYL.


Lunch with Professor Junko Yokota whose very subtle urging enticed me to apply for an International Fellowship at the Library for next year. To know more about the fellowship, click here.

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The IYL also posted our visit in their Facebook page.

The IYL is the Labyrinth of Dreaming Books

For those who have been following our blog for awhile now, you would know that I am in love with the German author, Walter Moers who wrote the tome of a book City of Dreaming BooksWhen Mdm. Petra Woersching was giving us the lovely tour of the library, it reminded me so much of Moers’ book. It IS the labyrinth of dreaming books.


Yes, there is a vault that leads to the library’s collection. The ‘sick’ books are separated from the ‘well’ books. These reading materials are alive.


Painting that leads to the collection.


Testimonials from various scholars from all over the world.

I did not take photos of the actual books inside the vault itself. It seemed sacrilegeous. You will just have to visit the place to see it.

The Michael Ende Exhibition

There is an exhibit especially for Michael Ende, author of The Neverending Story and Momo. It contains some of the things found in his home as well as his library and hand-painted cabinet. His parents were artists.

Good Day, Dear Enemy (Guten Tag, Lieber Feind!) Exhibition: Picturebooks on War and Peace

Binette Schroeder Cabinet

Binette Schroeder is one of the most prolific German authors/artists. And we are so privileged to see this exhibition of her work. And yes, she was also here when we were taking a tour of the library and we had this gorgeous picture with her.

Naturally, I bought her book that compiles her artwork.


Here are samples of what’s found inside:

Last Day at IYL: Multicultural Lunch


During my last day at the IYL, most of my colleagues have already left, and so I had the lovely opportunity of meeting the international fellows who are doing their research work at the library this year: lunch with a publisher from Brazil, an academic from Montenegro, a librarian from Serbia, and a Professor from Bulgaria – and our waiter joins in the photo as well.

4 comments on “[Saturday Reads] A tour of the International Youth Library Munich – A Veritable Labyrinth of Dreaming Books

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