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News, updates and musings about the library, reading and the wider community from members, volunteers and staff

18th November 2019
Conversations In The Free Library Movement

14th November 2019. Children's Day. A turning point for TCLP, as our first generation of student leaders sat down for a no-holds-barred conversation about the #FreeLibraryMovement. They minced no words presenting a strong case for community libraries that welcome all. They shared deeply personal experiences to illustrate how path breaking a free library can be. Here's […]

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12th October 2019
हिंदी टीचर के सही मायने

मेरी नज़र में हिंदी टीचर वह है जो बच्चों को उनकी कक्षा के स्तर तक लाने में सहायक होते हैं। मगर इसके साथ साथ कक्षा की चुनौतियाँ, जैसे बच्चों की संख्‍या, आयु, इतियदि सामने आती रहीं, जिसमें बच्चों को उनके स्तर की किताबें पढ़ने में काफ़ी कठिनाई होती थी।  इसके शायद कई कारण हो सकते […]

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4th October 2019
Baatein Library Ki - Vol I

Why does the Free Library Movement matter and what is it all about? From the inspiring role of librarians to misplaced intentions of do-gooders, library activist and TCLP Trustee Ritika Puri draws from real life experiences in this series. A sneak peek into what happens in our libraries.

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21st August 2019
Libraries Without Boundaries: Of Gender, Rights, Consent, Sexuality, and Community Engagement

Nine of them squatted in a circle. Our library members aged 9 – 13. Each one of them had a message to deliver. They stood up in turns, faced the imaginary audience and spoke about gender, rights, consent, and sexual health. It was Anju’s turn. “Parivar ek tarah ke nahi, kai tarah ke hote hai. […]

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1st March 2019
Kaza Public Library Status Report

Spiti Valley is a cold desert mountain region. Located at an altitude of 3,800 mts above sea level, it is considered inaccessible by many. The place is cut off for almost 8 months in a year. Let’s Open a Book is currently working with over 25 government primary schools in this area, helping them set […]

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16th February 2019
Why India Needs A Library Movement

Tushar pushes against weight. He might be eight or nine years old, wiry, muscled. He has a large head with lashes of disproportionate length, even for his large eyes. He insists he will read “this book,” and only “this book.” On this day, “this book” is the thickest of the volumes in the Harry Potter series […]

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8th January 2019
A New Kind Of Love

It was afternoon, the sun was pouring in, and my then three year old was resisting his nap. I was next to him, nearly asleep. ‘It’s called pat pat love,’ he said as he patted me. He sounded a little bit surprised and a little bit proud: ‘Amma, I have invented a new kind of […]

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16th December 2018
Journalism Masterclass with Neha Dixit

By Aditya Mani Jha Held at TCLP - Agrasar Ace journalist Neha Dixit visited TCLP-Agrasar yesterday, and held a masterclass for the attending children (and some adults as well!). Neha’s award-winning longform stories have been published in The Caravan, Outlook, The Wire and several other leading Indian publications. From the outset, it was clear that […]

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7th November 2018
The Brewing Mountain Library

By Priiya Swapn Most of my school life was spent running small errands for akkas in return for dried fish, sleeping in hot sand, following the moon’s orbit in the night, and swimming towards the setting sun hoping to catch it. My school was in the middle of a fishing community and I was mostly […]

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2nd September 2018
Pedal For Libraries in Uttarakhand

By Kamal Gola I studied in government schools throughout where the focus was mostly on studies. After school I would spend a few hours assisting my father with his business. That window allowed me to try reading borrowed newspapers in English. I was greatly influenced by comics in Hindi and had a habit of sketching […]

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The Community Library Project
Dharam Bhavan, C-13 Housing Society
South Extension Part -1
New Delhi - 110049
Illustrations provided by Priya Kurien.
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