Yaşamının özellikle
son yıllarını, Türk Kütüphane ve Müzesi – Dostluk ve Barış İçin… vizyon ve projesine adamış olan  YÜKSEL OKTAY’ın (14 Nisan 1937 – 14 Nisan 2012) çok değerli Anısına ve onun vizyonunu bu site kanalıyla yaşatmak amacıyla, 2012 yılında ortak yazmış olduğumuz bu projenin “Kurumlaşma Metni“mizi yayınlıyoruz.

[2011] Kurumsallaşma metni ve Faaliyet Raporu Ana Bölüm
No. 2 -Mayıs 2011 | tlm-kurumsallasma-final-may2011-report-2 (original pdf file)

1. Giriş
2. Acılış için Hedeflenen Takvim
3. Proje Tanıtımı – Neden TKM?
4. Vizyon ve Organizasyon
5. Misyon ve Amaçlar
6. Faaliyet Alanları, Daimi ve Geçici Sergiler

Türk Kütüphanesi ve Müzesi – Dostluk ve Barış İçin – TKM projesi, Amerika’da ve dünya çapında öngörülen kapasitede bir kurum olarak, tam kapasite 2015’te dünyaya kapılarını “resmen” açması planlanmışdır.

20. yüzyılın başlarından itibaren pek çok ülkede yayınlar, filmler, tiyatro oyunları, sempozyumlar ve üniversitelerde yapılan konuşmalarla gittikçe büyüyen bir Türk karşıtı propaganda olduğu bilinmektedir. Bu durum New York’ta bir Kütüphane ve Müze kurulmasının ilk kez teklif edildiği 28 Ocak 2011 tarihinde Adana’daki Çukurova Üniversitesi’nde yapılan sempozyumda ele alınmıştır. Bu Bildirinin amacı hem Türkiye ve Amerika Birleşik Devletleri’ndeki ve hem de diğer ülkelerdeki tüm üniversiteler, medya organları, özel sektör şirketleri, kentsel kurumlar ve bireyleri bu inisiyatifi desteklemeye ve geçici olarak yapılması planlanmış olan toplantılarda önerilerin görüşülmesi için davet etmektir. Aynı zamanda yabancı ülkelerinde katkıda bulunmalari sağlanacaktır.

Metnin tamamı, pdf dosyada mevcuttur >
tlm-kurumsallasma-final-may2011-report-2 (orijinal pdf file)

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TÜRK KÜTÜPHANE VE MÜZESİ – DOSTLUK VE BARIŞ İÇİN Kurumsallasma Metni ve Faaliyet Raporu/Ana Bölüm – No.2; Mayıs 2011. http://www.turkishlibrary.us 

An exhibition for Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – The 130th Anniversary of His Birth – 19 May 2011, and His Contributions to Humanity, 1881 – 1938

An Exhibitoon of Photographs, Posters and Books and Presentation on the Life of One of the Greatest Leaders of the 20th Century. By Yüksel Oktay, PE

Exhibition – May 1-31, 2011 Presentation – May 21, Saturday, 13:00 – 15:00

Hunterdon County Library, North County Branch, 65 Halstead Street, Clinton, NJ 908 730-6135

This year marks the 130th anniversary of the birth of a towering figure of the 20th Century and the Creator of Modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. A great military hero at the Battle of Dardanelles in 1915 against the Allied Forces, the commander-in-chief  at Kocatepe in 1922 war against the invading Greek Army , the President of the Republic of Turkey in Ankara in 1923, a world leader honoured at his death in İstanbul in 1938. (1). [Read more…]

Library Week in Turkey, 28 March – 3 April 2011 – Part I

Turkish National Library

Turkish National Library

For the past 47 years, the last week in March has been celebrated as Library Week in Turkey (1) with the goal of developing the love of reading and emphasizing the importance of books to students and the awareness of libraries for the general public.
Very few advertisements on the Library Week appeared in the news media, or anywhere except in only a few places. One of the newspapers reported that the Library Week celebration took place at the Antique Library in Ephesus. The posters for the Library Week includes the photograph of the Library in Ephesus, built in 970 AD.

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Birds Without Wings, by Louis de Bernieres

This book tells about what happened to the Greeks of Anatolia at the end of First World War. For many years the Greek version of  events misled the people, never accepting that it was a blunder on  their part and caused untold death and destruction in Anatolia and  resettlement of 1,500,000 Anatolian refuges. Louis de Berniere, a  British soldier whose grandparent fought in the Dardanelle battles, tells about this event,truthfully, including the life of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, from his birth to 1923 when the Republic of Turkey was established.

I visited Kayaköy several times, which is a wonderful place, as you have described in your book. The stories on the last days of the Otoman Empire, the population exchange and the life of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk are very moving. As you have told HDN- SW, Birds Without Wings is the Turkish ”War and Peace.” Thank you for being a friend of Turkey.

On behalf of Turkish Library and Museum in America Project Working Group

Yuksel Oktay, PE
Istanbul, Turkey and Washington NJ


Ephesus Library

Ephesus Library

PRESS RELEASE for Media, NGOs and Public in General

Turkish Library and Museum in America (TLM) – In search of Ideas in Service to Turkish Nation

“TURKISH LIBRARY AND MUSEUM FOR PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP IN AMERICA (TLM)” First Project Meeting was held ANEMON GALATA HOTEL on March 29, and in Izmir on April 3, 2011

The establishment of a “Turkish Library and Museum for Friendship and Peace” in America with plans to open in 2015, will be discussed at a meeting on 9th April, 2011, Saturday between 11:00 – 13:00 in Ankara, Hilton Hotel, Vista Room, 15th Floor.

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Mustafa Kemal ATATURK And His Contribution To Humanity

Ataturk - The father of all Turks

Ataturk – The father of all Turks

Turkey is one of the countries talked about most due to its strategic location at almost at the center of the word. The creator and the first President of the Turkish Republic was Mustafa kemal Ataturk. He was born in 1881 in Selanico, once part of the Ottoman Empire and now a city in modern Greece. This year marks his 130th birthday anniversary on May 19, 2011. He died at the age of 57 on November 10, 1938, leaving behind him a legacy of a great reformer, soldier and a statesman.
In 2002, the New York Times reported on a study by Prof. Dr. Arnold M. Ludwig of University of Kentucky who placed Ataturk first in his list of 377 leaders of the world who changed the fate of their countries and the world. Reading books on the leaders of the 20th century from Rosewelt to Hitler, from Saddam to Bush, one can easily conclude that Ataturk comes out as the towering figure most devoted to his country and to his people and changed the course of history.

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Chance Encounters – On the Way to Adana from Gaziantep

Beyza KabadayiWhen a TAC schoolmate called  and told me that he had a book for me, I decided to travel to Adana from Gaziantep by bus and fly to Istanbul from Adana. As I entered the bus terminal, a young chap came over and asked me where I was travelling, adding that Tatlıses bus to Adana was just leaving. I followed him to the bus that was ready to depart.

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Gölcük Cultural and Social Lifetime Center, Kocaeli, Turkey

Gölcük Cultural and Social Lifetime Center

Gölcük Cultural and Social Lifetime Center

When a Tarsus American High School mate distributed the photographs of the Cultural and Social Lifetime Centre, I decided to visit the centre and meet with the Director and also introduce Turkish Library and Museum Project. This project was initially introduced on January 28, 2011 during a Symposium organised by the ‘’Adana Güç Birliği Vakfı’’, which incidentally is the opening date for the Cultural centre as well.

Ford Motor Company and the Vehbi Koç Foundation built the Centre on the 10th anniversary of the Ford Otosan Factory to provide services to the people of the plant and Gölcük. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Vehbi Koç Foundation.

The opening exhibition at the Centre was by Mr. Devrim Erbil, a famous painter of unique views of Istanbul and Anatolia with emphasis on nature. As Ms Semahat Arsel has stated during the opening ceremonies, Erbil’s art also represents the making of a car from hundreds of pieces.

The present exhibition at the Centre is by Raif Çancı, called ‘’Nefes – Breath’’, collection of photographs taken at a closed factory in Izmit, which retains many memorials.

We hope that Gölcük Cultural and Social Lifetime Centre, Vehbi Koç Foundation will be among the sponsors of the Turkish Library and Museum Project.

Yuksel Oktay

Timelines of World History

World Reference AtlasDorling Kindersley Ltd. , Sr. Editor Debra Clapson, Publisher Andrew Heritage,  (www.dk.com)

Timelines of World History is an excellent reference book, a product of fifteen years of self-study by John B. Teeple, whose great uncle, a civil engineer and a devotee of world history, gave him the idea and most of the material. Unfortunately, Mr. Teeple died in 2002 before the book was published.

The book, first published in 2002, has been reprinted in 2003 and 2006, hence thousands of copies are available at libraries accross the USA. It begins with the Origins of Life on Earth and concludes at the outset of the 3rd Millenium.. The first section covers the 10,000 to 500 BC span and advances through the years to the period from 1800 to 2005 in five year intervals, full of maps, photographs, list of dynasties and historical facts. It is a very useful reference book and I enjoyed going throught its pages, which will be a good reading material, perhaps for the next 15 years. It is close to 800 pages. [Read more…]

Programme for International Student Assessment – 2011 Competition

One thousand and four hundred and fifty, 4th and 8th grade students from 56 elementary and middle schools in 24 provinces accross Türkiye will be competing with students from 70 countries in the ‘’5th Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)’’, April 1 to April 30, 2011.The PISA is organized by the IAE every 4 years, whi,ch was started in 1999.
This year  the theme will be ‘’Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)’’. [Read more…]
"The U.S. Turkish Library & Museum For Friendship and Peace" project joined, and has been produced under the umbrealla of The Light Millennium Organization effective on October 15, 2015.