Chocolate Book Series
Chocolate Pustak Mala initiative is in function since 2008. Distributing books to the school children instead of chocolates was the idea behind this initiative. Through this initiative, more than 1 Lakh books have been distributed in the journey of 11 years. The books are small 16 page books each priced just a rupee.
Founder and Author: Govind Godbole
Library with a difference, Jakarta
This is an open-air reading park for kids wedged between the lanes of traffic in Jakarta. The library is located below a flyover. Bookshelves are stuffed with hand-me-down kids’ books, Kids attend the afterschool sessions at the library, where they read stories with teachers, get help with homework or sing and dance. Despite its unlikely location, the Taman Baca Masyarakat Kolong has become a hit.
Library Co-ordinator- Devina Febrianti
Vicharkranti Sarvajanik Vachanalay and Abhyasika Jakhori
Vicharkranti Sarvajanik Vachanalay is an initiative to support the needy students and is located in Jakhori, Nasik. It was founded in 2017.
Contact person- Mr. Suhas Khade
Mobile number- 7021099067
The Community Library Project
The Community Library Project believes all people should have access to books. They are a low-cost, volunteer-driven, citizen initiative. They are committed to the work of building the movement for a publicly owned library system that is accessible to all. Working in collaboration with Deepalaya NGO, They started their first library in the Ramditti J R Narang Deepalaya Learning Center in New Delhi’s Sheikh Sarai in January 2015. Since then, they have helped Deepalaya in opening two new libraries, in Sanjay Colony and Gole Kuan, New Delhi and one in collaboration with Agrasar, in Sikanderpur, Gurgaon.
A Bhuvaneshwar-based popular bookstore Walking Bookfairs initiated a unique tour of 30 cities in 20 states. The tour titled ‘Poems on the Road’ spanned more than 10,000 km and conduct poem library, open mic and poetry recital sessions.
Founder- Akshaya Bahibala
Co-Founder- Satabdi Mishra
Street Library, Kolkata
These are 24*7 open library that runs near a school in Bhowanipore, where anyone could walk in, read books or take them home. There is now a chain of 15 such libraries in Kolkata. All the libraries have an eclectic collection of books ranging from 1980s’ pulp fiction, books in Hindi, Gujarati, and Punjabi, to philosophy and self-help books.
Founder- Saswati Datta
It is a small pink-colored corner inside Kochi’s Pepper House and is a collection of books, Zines, graphics novels and texts by women authors. It is a traveling bookshelf that has parked itself at the ongoing Kochi Biennale.
Founder- Aqui Thami
Words and Sips books cafe
With a really pretty and cozy ambiance, this place has its walls filled with either bookshelves or quirky drawings. They have a great collection of books in English and Marathi. They charge Rs. 50 per person for 3 hours. They also serve good quality yummy food that adds flavor to the reading. They organize different live events on weekends which are totally worth attending!
Founders- Izaz Shaikh, Pradeep Tambake, Devidas Gavhane
Contact- 080070 27261
Self Study Zone
No books library or self-study zone is an initiative in Rajasthan where libraries are set up to provide a pleasant and silent study area for students. The library provides facilities such as free wifi for online reading, newspaper, AC, furnished study area, ample lights. These facilities are provided at 400-600 rs to each student. Students who have to travel long during the exams, now study in the library. These libraries are set up in different parts of Rajasthan.
Jaipur library- Tara Anava, Mr. Surjit
Marathi School in Melbourne
With his love for the language, Mr. Prasad Patil started a Marathi school in Melbourne on the basis of no profit no loss. He hails from Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. To keep the regional language alive and to inculcate the habit of reading Marathi books among the children who live abroad he came up with this school.
Libraries are set up in Government Schools, Orphanages, and Community Libraries across the state of Kerala. Their volunteers pay a visit to the beneficiary institution to identify the requirements. They accept all genre books donation from the community and take the books to the relevant kids in need.
Founders- Tejus, HANDS, and Technopark
To inculcate reading habit among the children and to make them explore new worlds through reading, book uncle initiative was started.
After becoming a member of this library, 20 books are given each month to the children for reading. The parents are also given guidance about how to make their children read more. This initiative has reached more than 3500 parents.
Founder- K S Vishwanathan Iyer
Book on Wheels
India’s first mobile bookshop, Author talks, Book fairs.
Bookwallah is U.S. based 501 c (3) non-profit organization that shares the gift of imagination with orphan children around the world through the distribution of storybooks and the creation of inspiring libraries. Bookwallah brings hope, happiness, and inspiration to children who have experienced hardship and trauma early in their lives. Bookwallah believes these children’s lives can be healed and transformed through the power and magic of storybooks. The origin of the name of the organization comes from the Hindi translation “Bookwallah” which means “book peddler”.
Pustak Maitri Bal vachanalay
One box ‘Peti’ contains 100 books. Children read the books and return them on the next day. The library is maintained by the children themselves. All the books are free of cost. Today there are more than 50 Pustak Maitri Bal vachnalaya.
Founder- Narendra Lanjewar
Granth Tumchya Dari Yojana
Grantha Tumchya Dari has 555 bags filled with 25 books each. Each bag has books all subjects and genre. You will never know the bag that you will get. You can keep the bag for 3 months and then return it once you’re done. Presently they are circulating in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Dubai, and the Netherlands.
Founder- Vinayak Ranade
Rural Library Foundation
The mission of the Rural Library Foundation is to inculcate the reading habit in the rural children and youth, primarily with the support of a sponsor from each village, and to assist them in enhancing their knowledge as they grow, to become confident, competent, and caring individuals.Contact Details
Local Public Library
Objective of this initiative is to provide reading facility to children
Founders – Vibha Kamat, Vaishali Shinde, Sonal Bimal
Location – Mumbai
Email – email@example.com
School libraries can be the most efficient source of access to literature for a majority of children who are enrolled in schools, but do not have books at home. However, 74% schools do not have functional libraries. Recognizing this need, Tata Trusts launched the Parag initiative in 2005-06. Parag supports the development of, access to, and use of children’s literature in Indian languages, to promote reading among children.Founded by – Tata Trust
24, Homi Mody Street,
Mumbai 400 001, India
Contact – +91 – 22 – 6665 8282
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Pratham – Read India
Read India, Pratham’s flagship program, was first introduced in 2007 with the objective of improving the reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills of children in the 6-14 age group. The program has evolved over time in response to internal learnings and external evaluations. In the current phase of Read India, the objective is to ensure basic learning outcomes in language and mathematics.Address
Y.B. Chavan Center, 4th Floor, Gen. J. Bhosale Marg. Nariman Point
Contact – +91 22 22819561
Email – email@example.com
Website – http://www.pratham.org
Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya (MGS) has launched a mobile library in Thane to enhance the reading culture. It goes to various places and provides library services to readers near their residence.Founder / President – M.Y. Gokhale
Marathi Granth Sanghrahalay, Station Rd, Juhu Chandan Society, Jambli Naka, Thane West, Thane, Maharashtra 400601Contact – +91 22 2540 6787
Website – http://granthyan.com
Pratham books is democratising access to books so that every child can discover the joy of reading. Children who read more, learn better and are more likely to succeed at school as well as in life. Their delightful, engaging storybooks are published in a range of mother tongue languages and formats to get children to read more.Founders – Madhav Chavan and Farida Lambay
House No. 621, Second Floor,
5th Main, OMBR Layout,
Banaswadi, Bengaluru – 560043,
Contact – +91-80-42052574, +91-80-41159009
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – www.prathambooks.org
Amway Opportunity Foundation (AFO)
The organisation set up this library as part of its corporate social responsibility programme. It was inaugurated by Yoganand S., Area Manager- Tamil Nadu, Amway India, on April 25. There are over 1,000 books and most of them are for children aged between 6 and 16 years. It caters to the 300 inmates of the orphanage and is also open to outsiders.Contact person – Yoganand S., Area Manager- Tamil Nadu
Contact – +91 44- 22672236/22673338
To help, educate and empower the underprivileged deserving children to realize their full potential and to promote the different resources and opportunities which will lead to a progressive socio-economic development of society and a better nation.Founder – Joginder Rohilla
Lakshmamma Layout, Banaswadi
Contact – +91 9650504735
Email – email@example.com
Ashoka University- Shanghvi mobile library
Concerned about the rural population’s lack of access to reading and learning, the Shanghvi Library at Ashoka has introduced a mobile library that operates in the villages of Haryana.Founded by – Ashoka University
Ashoka University, Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Sonipat, Haryana 131029
Contact – +91 130 230 0000
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
DLF Rural Mobile Libraries
Rural Mobile Libraries have been introduced in rural Haryana with the aim of promoting reading habits across a vast section of the rural population.Founded by – DLF Foundation
4th Floor, Gateway Tower,
DLF Cyber City, Phase III,
Contact – +91-124-4769200
Email – email@example.com
Website – www.dlffoundation.in
Bookspace India Pvt ltd
1 book for 1 week at doorstepFounders – Prasad Kulkarni and Abhijeet Nakhate
3-4 Silver Arch Apartments, Lane No 3, Dahanukar Colony, Pune, Maharashtra 411038
Contact – +91 84080 20606
Website – https://bookspace.in