On 22nd April 2018, the T.S Central State Library, Chandigarh observed the World Earth Day and the World Book Day in the library premises with more than 50 children participating from the nearby slum communities. The library, took the support of the local NGO, Tamanna, in reaching out to these children.
Dr Neeza Singh, Librarian, shares, that the schools which most of these children attend, have non functional libraries and it is for the first time that these children have received an opportunity to see the resources of a public library. They visited all the four floors of the library and the various sections within it- the children’s section, reading room, reference sections and even the open lawns dotted with swings and slides.
To mark the World Earth day, the children were engaged in discussions on some of the small yet conscious efforts they can take towards improving the environment – planting trees, reducing plastic consumption and waste amongst others. Likewise to mark the World Book Day (which is observed annually on 23rd April), the children were encouraged to take to reading and use the library resources and services. This library offers a 12 hour reading room facility from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and is open all 7 days. Besides books, the library also provides for computers and internet access for all and a ready reference section for competitive exams.
The day’s visit was culminated by a drawing competition and acknowledging each child’s participation. The T.S. Central State Library, Chandigarh is an IPLM intervention library striving to re position the public libraries and becoming responsive knowledge spaces.