Community Library and Reading Project of Deepalaya

Deepalaya Community Libraries and Reading projects

At a time when libraries are on the verge of getting closed and reading is rarely found to be a hobby, our community library project offers a solace. Away from the crowded streets and hustle bustle of the city, here is a place, where you can come, sit for a while, be yourself and read that book; you have always been yearning to read all these years.

Here is a place, which is inviting and enchanting for the children, youth, men and women and even elders. We have volunteers from different fields, who want to read out to the children, or even youth, just to instigate them to read and gradually think. Believe us, over the last four years, there are 40 children who have reached a milestone of reading 100 books. Yes, they are now members of 100-book club. Alas! This is the highest milestone that we have set otherwise, there would have been many who would have crossed twice or even thrice this number.

Considering that children can be molded at a very young age, we have come up with the head-start program, where even a 3-year old child would be able to sit in the library. Of course, he/she cannot read but can listen to different kind of rhymes, short stories with action and indulge in certain activities like colouring, drawing etc.

For children, who can read books, we have the honour roll program, the moment a student reads one book, he/she is given one star. The number of stars increases with the number of books read by him/her. After a student reads 20 books, 50 books and 100 books, they are given prizes to recognize their achievement. To ensure and verify that the student has read the book, he/she is also asked to write a book report, which is checked by a few volunteers. In case, a book report is not found to be satisfactory, he/she is asked to write it again to get the prize.

In other words, library is not only a reading project but also thinking and writing project. What if you are not able to read properly? Here is a solution. We organize reading fluency workshops as well on a periodical basis. And we have observed a great improvement in children.

Apart from the read-aloud sessions, head-start and honour roll programs, we also conduct special workshop for teenager and adolescent children.

As of now, we have three community libraries – one at Ramditti J R Narang Deepalaya Learning Center, second at Sanjay Colony Learning center and the third one at Gole Kuan Learning Centre. While the library at RJRNDLC is open throughout the week for children as well as adults, the Sanjay Colony Library is open for Community only on Saturdays though children from the learning center can access books every day. The Gole Kuan library has been recently set up with the support of Reliance foundation. The library has close to 5000 books. It also has a students’ council and will be opened shortly for the community. 

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