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

28th December 2019
कहानियों की दुनिया

कई साल पहले, एक राजकुमारी हुआ करती थी। राजकुमारी के बाल ऐसे काले, सुंदर थे की जैसे पहले कभी किसी ने नही देखे थे। जब वह अपने बाल खुले छोड़ती थी,तब वे बरगद के पेड़ की शाखाओं की तरह फैल जाते! सभी लोग राजकुमारी के सुंदर बालों की तारीफ करते थे, लेकिन राजकुमारी का दिल […]

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13th December 2019
चार दीवारों से बड़ी, किताबों से ज़्यादा, स्कूल से भी आगे, और सभी के लिए हो लाईब्रेरी

कुछ समय पहले मैंने बाल साहित्य पर आयोजित एक समारोह में भाग लिया था। इस समारोह का आयोजन रवींद्र भवन गोवा, जो कि एक सरकारी संस्था है, और कोंकणी भाषा के उन्नति के लिए काम करने वाली एक एन. जी. ओ., कोंकणी भाषा मंडल ने मिलकर, गोवा के मड़गांव में किया था। आमतौर पर मुझे […]

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8th December 2019
हिंदी का सफ़र... बिना डर!

"भय!” जी हां, सही सुना आपने - डर। जो दुनियां में हर व्यक्ति कहीं न कहीं अपने अंदर लिए घूम रहा हैं। सच पूछिए तो ये डर कब, कैसे, कहाँ से उसके अंदर आ कर इतना बड़ा हो जाता हैं कि व्यक्ति डर के आगे स्वयं को ऐसी मानसिकता से जकड़ लेता हैं कि वह […]

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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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