Friends of the International Youth Library Foundation

Children and youth literature needs friends! In times when public funds for youth and cultural activities are becoming increasingly scarce, more than ever!

For almost 20 years, the association has been promoting the excellent work of the International Youth Library (IYL) through financial and non-material support. The aim of the IYL is to strengthen curiosity about and knowledge of the treasures of world literature among children and young people and thus to inspire an enthusiasm for reading as the best educational tool for a cosmopolitan education. Major projects such as the biennial White Ravens Festival, exhibitions of illustrated books on a wide variety of topics, and panel discussions are supported by the association, as is much of the varied program of events. The association's dedicated members also pay attention to the preservation of the large and valuable archive holdings.

This cultural program of the IYL can only be continued successfully in the future if support beyond public funds is available.

Help us and become a member of the Friends of the International Youth Library Association! So that the book castle becomes a magnet for young and old bookworms even more than before.

Conditions of membership:
Friends: annually 50 Euro
Sponsors: annually100 Euro
Companies and Publishing Houses: annually 100 Euro
Students: annually 30 Euro
Patrons: jährlich ab 1.000 Euro

Membership fees and donations are tax deductible.

Our services:

  • Invitation to events of the International Youth Library
  • Regular informaiton about library activites
  • Regular information about the activities of the association



Ole Schultheis

1st Chair since July 2022, has been a member of the Board since 2013.

As a former publisher of children's and youth literature, he has been associated with the International Youth Library for decades.


Martina Kuscheck

Vice Chair since July 2022

She worked as an editor and programme manager in various children's and youth book publishing houses from 1995 to 2013. Since 2013 she has been a literary agent at the Rumler Agency.


Barbara Kandler

Treasurer since 2004

In addition to her main job as commercial office manager, she is active in an honorary capacity as a town councillor and cultural officer for the town of Donauwörth and is involved in other associations.


Helga Beck

On the Board since 2023

After an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk, she moved to Munich, is married and has three grown-up daughters. She does voluntary work for various institutions.


Katharina Lemling

On the board since 2022

She manages the children's and young adults' book department at the Schwabing bookshop Lehmkuhl. Her work also includes her own small events programme and the Lehmcool reading club.