A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life”, said – Henry Ward Beecher, an American social reformer and abolitionist. This is the belief on which Deepalaya inaugurated its second library at Sanjay Colony on the 16th of October 2015. Mr Jyoti Sagar and Mrs Adarsh Sharma, long standing patrons, were chief guests at the function.
The program began with the lighting of the lamp, followed by, Deepalaya, Chief Executive and Secretary, Mr. T.K Mathew gave the welcome address. In his address he spoke about the success of the library at Ramditti, which was the model for replication. He also praised the project volunteers for their efforts in creating this wonderfully inspiring library. His new goal is to set up another community library at Gusbethi. Ms. Mridula –writer and coordinator for the library project across Deepalaya, also spoke about the concept and goals of the library project.
The funding patrons, architects, mural painter, carpenters and members of the student council, were all presented with certificates of appreciation for their support towards the project. The children were urged to “Read” and open up windows to the world, get inspired to discover and succeed, and contribute to improving their quality of life.
The guests were appreciative of the architectural elements of the library. The architect, Swati Janu and Vyas Yengkhom designed the library to create a playful and stimulating environment. The book shelves and doors are made of recycled wood. It is the perfect place, with colorful furniture, where a child would like to sit and read.
A mural of animated animals is painted on one side of the wall by renowned illustration artist, Kavita Kale. Another wall is used by the children, to display their creativity by making drawings using crayon colors. The library room which houses 4000 donated books, has an open archway and well-lit airy design.
Deepalaya believes, that community libraries are cost-effective projects to enhance the quality of learning and life of economically backward communities.