Our Journal

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

15th August 2020
Library Through The Lockdown And Beyond

When I first moved to this neighborhood, I wasn’t aware that there was a community library close to home. As I came to the library for the first time with a friend I noticed a Sir doing a read aloud. I sat down to listen to a story. Later I realized I could take books […]

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7th August 2020
लॉकडाउन में और उसके बाद भी लाइब्रेरी

कुछ साल पहले जब मैं शिफ्ट हुआ, तब मुझे अपने घर के पास की कम्युनिटी लाइब्रेरी के बारे में पता नहीं था। मेरे एक दोस्त ने मुझे लाइब्रेरी के बारे में बताया और एक दिन हम वहाँ पहुंच गए- एक सर कोई कहानी सुना रहें थे जो सब दिलचस्पी के साथ सुन रहे थें। तो […]

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20th July 2020
"With some texts - particularly texts that promote some form of hate or discrimination - remaining 'neutral' and saying nothing favors the text" - Linda Hoiseth

Cataloging of books is multilayered, and hidden within those layers are privileges and prejudices that might be invisible at first instance. Look deeper and as a librarian you are faced with questions that are trickier than general cataloging of books. Should religious texts be classified as non-fiction, as they largely are all over the world? […]

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13th July 2020
"The goal (of cataloging) is to help your patrons find what they are looking for. The only thing you should do is what makes the most sense for your readers," - Linda Hoiseth

We have found that cataloging the collections in our TCLP libraries can be challenging. On numerous occasions we have questioned whether a book should go in the Picture Books section or should it be classified as Fiction Easy. How do we make information easily available to readers, who look for books by specific authors or […]

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10th July 2020
विशेषाधिकार और लाइब्रेरी

आजकल, मैं अक्सर विशेषाधिकार के बारे में सोचती हूँ।  विशेषाधिकार या विशेष अधिकार का मतलब हुआ — किसी एक व्यक्ति के पास किसी अन्य व्यक्ति के मुकाबले अधिक अधिकारों का होना। मैं अमेरिका के मिनेसोटा राज्य से हूँ, जहां एक महीने पहले ही जॉर्ज फ्लॉयड नामक एक व्यक्ति की पुलिसकर्मी ने हत्या कर दी। इस […]

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2nd July 2020
Privilege and Libraries

I’ve been thinking about privilege a lot lately. I’m from Minnesota, where a month ago George Floyd was murdered by the police, launching a long-overdue conversation about race and racism and privilege. I’ve been reading, thinking, advocating, and talking with friends and family about privilege. I’m trying to come to terms with my privilege and […]

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24th April 2020
किताबें बोलती है "दुनिया सबकी है!"

आज का दिन कुछ बोरिंग सा था मैंने इस बोरियत को दूर करने के लिए किताबों  के ढेर से आखिर एक किताब को ढूँढ ही लिया जो मेरी बोरियत को दूर करने में मेरी मदद कर सकती थी किताब का पहला पन्ना जिस पर बहुत ही खूबसूरती से लिखा था "दुनिया सबकी" - सफ़दर हाशमी […]

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27th March 2020
सोच बदलती है, तो लाइब्रेरियां क्यों नहीं! 

पढ़ना सोचना है...! आप पूंछेंगे कैसे? तो ज़रा सोचिये कि जब हम किसी चीज़ के बारे में लिखा देखते हैं, या पढ़ते हैं तो उससे संबंधित चित्र, विचार, कल्पनाएं तरह-तरह की बातें मन में उमड़ने लगती है। बिना किसी कि परवाह किये हम उस बात के प्रति अपना ही दृष्टिकोण या नज़रिया रखने लगते हैं। मगर […]

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30th January 2020
The Community Library Project (TCLP) Recommends

TCLP runs free community libraries in Delhi and Gurugram. Our collection comprises of books for children, young adults, and adults in Hindi, Urdu, Bengali and English. This is a selection of our most popular titles for children. It has been put together by TCLP librarians, in no particular order. Putul & the DolphinBy Mariyam Karim-AhlawaIllustrations: […]

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26th January 2020
Developing 21st century life skills through art (collage making)

Facilitated by: Ruchi Dhona (Let’s Open a Book)Module designed by: ArtSparks FoundationProject Site: The Community Library Project Introduction It had been a while since I was looking for an inclusive art based intervention which would create an environment in which every child would thrive. This search led me to Artsparks Foundation's EdSparks Collective programme. ArtSparks Foundation […]

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Illustrations provided by Priya Kuriyan.
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