A secret Library
4 years ago Darayya, near Siriya’s capital, was attacked. The people of Darayya protected and hid 14,000 books in a secret place to save them from the bomb attack. In 1900, in Dunhuang, a city in China, a cave was found which was shut for more than 1000 years. Researchers found handwritten books of the 11th century hidden and preserved inside the cave. Wang Yuwanlu took responsibility for these books. Later Oreal Steel from Hungary purchased 10,000 these books. In 1910, the Chinese government realized the importance of these books and requested all to return them back to China. But, by then 80% of the books were already in other countries. There were handwritten documents on the calendar based on stars and planets and other astrological theories.
Building a wall of kindness by the book: Kothrud
A group of eight students has placed books near a playground in Kothrud- a library that is open for all. The idea of wall of kindness is now replicated in Pune, wherein a group of students is encouraging people to place books near the wall in Kothrud. They call this the open library movement. The initiative solely runs on the books donated by the people.
In order to create interest in reading among students, the primary school in Kusumbimura in Javali taluka has started “Vachankatta”. Students are loving this place made of bamboo and red stones. They spent hours here reading and studying.
The bullock cart mobile library
Kashinath Koli, a native of a small village named Darganhalli near Solapur felt the need of a library in his village and the surrounding villages. He started a mobile library with his bullock cart. The villagers are loving this new library.
Library in a salon
Po Mariappam owns a salon in Tuticorin, TamilNadu. He has made a library in his salon for the customers to read while they wait. The library has a collection of famous Tamil books. There is no radio or television n the salon. A good reader is given rs.30/- discount in his service. Many authors are donating books to Mariappam’s library.
The most tranquil library in the world
This library on the coast in China was created to provide a quiet, contemplative atmosphere, blending with its surroundings. Though the building looks solid externally, the ambiance inside shifts from light to dark as the sunlight moves across the sky.
The building’s design provides a uniquely calming and tranquil experience for the visitor.
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Granthasakha is not just an ordinary library but Alibaba’s cave of more than two lakh book jewels. Retired professor Shri. Shyamsundar Joshi sir set up this library with savings of his entire service. Granthsakha
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Bebitai Gaikwad, a vegetable vendor, studied only till standard 9. But she always loved to be amidst the books. She spends one hour every morning reading books. She keeps 5 rs. aside every day to buy books. She now has a good collection of books at her home and distributes thousands of books to school children. She is also educating 12 Adivasi students.
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
Pustakanch gaav (English: Village of Books) is a special library in Bhilar, Maharashtra that opened on May 4, 2017. The initiative was conceptualized and led by Vinod Tawde, Minister of Cultural Affairs and Marathi Language and inaugurated by Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra. This government initiative is inspired by Britain’s Hay-on-Wye, a notable Welsh town known for its book stores. At the time of launch, there were 25 artistically decorated locations in Bhilar that are turned into spots for readers; collectively they housed over 15,000 books in 18 distinct genres. Most books were in Marathi language and there were plans to add additional 25,000 books in other languages such as English, Hindi, and Gujarati.
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Remote Himalayan Hill library
The library at Champawat’s Poth village has over 700 books and has helped students inculcate the habit of reading. The library is set up with the help of “Room to Read”, a non-profit focused on children’s literacy. Setting up a library in the hills was a challenge. The books were carried on mules or porters through the forest.