Gütersloh, 06/23/2016

Bertelsmann Donates New Children's Library to Gütersloh

Immanuel Hermreck, Anke Schäferkordt, Thomas Rabe, Liz Mohn, Bernd Hirsch und Fernando Carro (f. l.)

Subject: Society, Media & Services
Country: Germany
Category: Charitable Donations

Families and children in Gütersloh will soon have an attractive new place to enjoy books in the city: To celebrate Liz Mohn's 75th birthday, Bertelsmann is donating a newly designed section of the City Library specifically for young readers, inviting people to read and relax in an atmospheric ambience. The current parents' and children's library in the basement of the City Library will be converted and redesigned for this purpose at the end of the year. The "Liz Mohn Children's and Parents' Library" is scheduled to open in the first half of 2017.

Thomas Rabe, Bertelsmann Chairman and CEO, said: "On behalf of my fellow Executive Board members and all Bertelsmann employees, I sincerely wish Liz Mohn a happy birthday. Mrs. Mohn loves Gütersloh, children and reading – so to mark her birthday, we are delighted to make a contribution to the city that combines all of these things. As a media company, it is a priority for us to teach the joy of reading especially to young people."

Hennig Schulz, Mayor of Gütersloh, said: "The restructuring of the children's and parents' library at the City Library has long been high on the wish list of many Gütersloh citizens. Thanks to Liz Mohn and Bertelsmann, we can now create a place for reading that is tailored to the wishes and needs of young readers, but also appeals to parents. I would like to thank you for a very generous donation that once again expresses the company and Liz Mohn's solidarity with the city."

After the conversion, the Liz Mohn Children's and Parents' Library will invite people to browse and read in reading caves and reading bunks. Current trends in media use and reading promotion, such as multimedia elements and gaming, will also be incorporated into the design concept.