Transformational role of libraries in creating lifelong readers

In continuation to the READtalks, which was themed around the transformational roles of libraries in improved learning outcomes, READ Alliance grantees visited Delhi Public Library, a Government school with Room to Read library & the Pratham Books office to get an insider’s view into various aspects of libraries- such as setting up libraries, creating multilingual and culturally rich content, and other reader engagement strategies. The photo blog below highlights all that transpired and the happiness and enthusiasm everyone felt.

Grade 3 library period in an MCD Primary School Krishna Vihar, Rohini, New Delhi. Teacher started the class with a discussion on the library rules, followed by a book reading session. During the book reading, teacher also asked some imaginative and prediction questions to children. After reading the book teacher asked children to choose their reading book based on their level and issue it for reading.
Room to Read program officer Mr. Sandeep Bal and State manager Mr. Roopak Chauhan showed us around the library and explained the book display system, leveling of books based on reading levels, children work corner, library grading indicators among other things-
Book shelf which is labeled for different users based on their learning levels

Delhi Public Library is known to provide engaging books of all the genres by renowned authors, catering to the needs of readers, especially young children in the age group of 6 to 14 years.

The library was inaugurated by the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, in the year 1951 and since then it has been the resource for quality information for millions of readers. Young readers can read from the latest and even the oldest book of all genres by taking membership at a mere Rs 50 for three years. Delhi Public Library Chandni Chowk is one of their leading libraries and has an array of books. The headquarters of the library is situated at Sarojini Nagar in Delhi.

The library also provides book lending service to the readers allowing them to issue books for a period of 14 days. Children from the neighborhood areas visit library every day as it provides them an opportunity to experience the joy of reading and discovering knowledge by exploring a wide range of materials and activities. Kids can also surf through the internet at the library, which is provided free of cost to members. Events for children, such as story-telling sessions, movie screening and art competitions are organised every Saturday.

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