Kiryat Tivon's Library and Memorial Center are housed in a building unique in its beauty and designed to enhance its many functions. The building stands on a broad, gently rolling lawn. It is approached by tree-lined, winding paths. There are benches and flowering bushes. Free parking is available at the rear of the building.
The scene is dominated by the Andarta, a powerful monument created by the sculptor and architect Yehiel Arad. This impressive abstract creation emphasizes the importance of remembrance and the motivating initiative for the development of the Memorial Center.
Each year, on the eve of "Remembrance Day" ("Yom Hazikaron") , the people of Kiryat Tivon, young and old, gather on the square near the memorial monument for a special ceremony of remembrance. On this night, the citizens of Kiryat Tivon are one united family.
In 1987, a group of bereaved families resolved to create a memorial to the sons and daughters of Kiryat Tivon who fell in defense of Israel. The families envisioned a dynamic center, bustling with cultural and educational programs, lively and vigorous, humming with activities and possibilities for all age groups. Through their determination, the vision of a living memorial was realized.
From the beginning, many of Kiryat Tivon's residents took part in the process of building the Memorial Center by donating money and volunteering their skills, time and service in planning, building and supervising.
The Volunteering Spirit, which is strong in Kiryat Tivon, has flourished in the development of the Memorial Center. Throughout the years this spirit has enriched the Center's activities and programs. Besides the small staff of employees, scores of volunteers participate in operations at every level. They work in the office, the library, the gallery, the archives and in special events such as the annual Book Fair, which is operated by volunteers only.
Entering the Memorial Center through broad, welcoming doors brings you into a reception hall lively with colorful bulletin boards and display tables. On the left is a staircase leading to lecture halls and meeting rooms. To the right is the Gallery featuring well known Israeli contemporary Artists.
The heart of the complex is the Commemoration Room in the center of the building. The names of the fallen are engraved on its walls and inscribed, accompanied by their photos, in the Book of Yizkor. Each year on Commemoration Day, all Kiryat Tivon's students visit the Commemoration Room and learn about the life and contribution of each of those who fell in defense of our country. The Commemoration Room is an intimate spot, a place for quiet contemplation.
:In the Library and Memorial Center
The Public Library
The Art Gallery
The Historical Archive
!Invitation to a warm welcome
The Memorial Center awaits you! Come explore a world of culture, knowledge, information and intellectual excitement.
All this and more is waiting for you at the Library and Memorial Center in Kiryat Tivon!