The Achiya Children’s Community Library

 Accessible for children with special needs



Seventy six thousand children live in Bnei Brak, yet there is not one public library to serve their needs!


Haredi parents want their children to read lifestyle appropriate literature that coincides with their values. For that reason, in recent years Haredi libraries have been opened in Jerusalem, Modiin Illit and Beitar Illit. They are the most frequently visited libraries in all of Israel!


Achiya is designing a fully accessible, open and inviting children’s library on the 3rd floor of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Learning Center in Bnei Brak, so that ALL the children in the area, including those with special needs, will be welcome.



תמונה ספריה אנגלית

The Achiya library programs will emphasize inclusion, creating an atmosphere of acceptance and respect. In partnership with the National Insurance Institute, the library will serve as a community based resource center for children and their parents. The library staff will undergo disability awareness training.

Suggested Activities for Children:

  • Guided Library Tour – becoming familiar with the library – for kindergarten and elementary school groups – morning hours
  • Interactive Story Hour for different age groups. Possibility of musical accompaniment (electric piano, guitar)
  • Meet the Authors  – for school groups
  • Computer Data Center – guided assistance for students – grades 5-8, for preparation of school work, presentations, etc.
  • Creative Writing Workshops
  • Creative Writing Workshops in English
  • Creative Writing Workshops in Yiddish
  • Prizewinning Writing Competitions
  • Costumes and Literature
  • Journalism – creating and editing a school/family newspaper
  • Origami – paper creations
  • Bibliotherapy Groups – emotional enrichment


Activities for Adults:

  • Resource Center for parents and therapists – 1,500 volumes focusing on education, child development, psychology & therapeutic methodology
  • Evening lectures and workshops on child development, parenting and more