MoscowCentral Children’s library by the name of A.P. Gaidar is one of the oldest specialised children's libraries in Moscow. It was founded in 1934 based on the collection of a famous Russian historian Vasiliy Osipovich Kluchevskiy's (1841-1911) personal library. In honour of his name the Reading-room was opened in Rogozhskaya Zastava district.
In 1965 the library was named by A.P. Gaidar (1904-1941), the author of such significant children books as "Школа" ("School", 1930), "Судьба барабанщика" ("Drummer's Fate", 1939), "Тимур и его команда" ("Timur and his Squad ",1940) and of many others.
At present Moscow Central Children's library by the name of A.P. Gaidar is situated in a picturesque historical part of Moscow on the Muhina Hill on the bank of the Moskva-river. Readers of this library are Moscow children and teenagers under 16 years, as well as teachers, parents and experts in the sphere of children's reading.The library is visited by 132000 readers. By the 1 of January 2008 the library fund contained 26000
0 volumes, 412 appelations of newspapers and magazines and 3124 such information repositories as CD, video- and audio-tapes.
The lending-department and specialized reading-rooms are opened at readers' disposal as, for instance:
- Sitting-Room - various holidays are organized as well as meetings with famous writers, artists and actors. Teenagers go there to have a good time, watch DVDs or listen to music;
- Room of Creative Work and Leisure-time - the lessons of different study groups and clubs take place here, various exhibitions are organized and the artists' studio has it's working hours;
During the long history of the library it was attended by a great number of readers; the peculiar atmosphere of openness, benevolence and intelligibility was created and supported here.
Moscow Central Children’s library by the name of A.P. Gaidar carries out the methodical guidance of 162 Moscow children's libraries, it is also a creative laboratory, where various research programs and projects take place, also this library is the place where problems of children's reading and children's litterature are studied and where the experience of these investigations is generalised.
The library is situated: