INVITATION: Launch of IBBY exhibit Silent Books: Final Destination Lampedusa

invitation-launch-Silent-Books-TorontoPlease join us for the Toronto launch of Silent Books: Final Destination Lampedusa, an international touring exhibit of wordless picture books.

Monday, November 2, 2015
Reception 6:30, Launch 7:00
North York Central Library, Toronto Public Library, Auditorium
5120 Yonge Street (north of Sheppard)

Hosted by Shannon Babcock, President, IBBY Canada; Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library; Alessandro Ruggera, Director,  Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto; Deborah Soria, Silent Books Project Director, IBBY Italia

In honour of the exhibit, original art by Sydney Smith from the Canadian wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers will be on display.


In response to the waves of refugees from Africa and the Middle East arriving on the small Italian island of Lampedusa, the International Board on Books for Young People (through IBBY Italia) is working to establish the island’s first children’s library, to be used by young migrants and local children. To build the library’s collection, IBBY Italia gathered outstanding wordless picture books from 23 countries.

To showcase the library, Silent Books: Final Destination Lampedusa, an exhibit of more than 100 renowned wordless picture books, has been touring around the world. Following stops in Italy, Mexico and Austria, in Canada the Silent Books exhibit has travelled to Edmonton (August 28 to September 18), Vancouver (October 1 to 22) and Toronto (November 2 to December 11).

These wordless picture books have a universal language of images and art, bypassing age, culture and language barriers, to offer readers a unique but shared reading experience.