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Books For Destitute Children At Nadia Home

2016-08-24 14:12



Krishnanagar, Aug. 24: The destitute children, who have been staying at the state run homes in Nadia would soon get the scope to read books of their choice delivered at their door steps.

The Nadia district administration in association with the district library authorities have taken up an initiative under which the children and the destitute women staying in different homes across the district would be provided the joy of reading as a break from their monotonous life.

The initiative is set to begin from August 31 – the state public library day, when the district administration would launch a mobile library, converting jeep, which would deliver books to the children at home.

The service would be inaugurated at a programme at the Krishnanagar public library on the day.

However, the service would for the time being restricted to the Krishnanagar based state run “Children home for girls”.

Additional district magistrate (ZP) Dipanjan Bhattacharjee, who has been looking after the project, said: “The concept behind the initiative to involve children in educative activisites so that they are self entertained and enrich their knowledge staying in the mainstream of life”.

The district administration has provided a vehicle for the project.

State library service department minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury has welcomed the initiative of the Nadia administration.

He said: “On August 8 I invited the District library officers of the twenty districts for a meeting in Calcutta, where I requested them to explore new creative ideas to develop new avenues of learning and to reach the readers who could not attend libraries for different reasons. I am happy that Nadia district administration has taken such good initiative to launch mobile library services for the destitute children staying in homes”.

The state government from Wednesday has launched week long library awareness week, the concluding programme of which will be held on August 31 at the science city auditorium in Calcutta.

District magistrate Sumit Gupta said: “We would soon try to extend this mobile library service to other state run homes in the district and for the inmates staying in the correctional homes in the district too”.

According to the sources in the district administration from August 31, the mobile library van would be visiting the Krishnanagar children home for girls thrice a week. A librarian would be deputed with the vehicle who would issue the books to the children and get them returned to issue new ones on the next visit.

Nadia district library officer Mrityunjoy Mitra said: “The service is being introduced on experimental basis. Our objective is to make the library reachable to those who due to different reasons could not attend it. The frequency of visit of the mobile library would depend on the number of readers and their eagerness to read. We would take a collection of wide varieties of books for the children so that they are fascinated with the books”.

“For this inaugural mobile library service for the children home, the books would be provided by the district library located in Ghurni. If required helps of others libraries would be taken”, he said.

There are at present 31 homes for the destitute in Nadia of which only two directly run by the state government, while the others run by non-governmental organization with the help of state aids.

In Krishnanagar children home for girls, where the library service is set to begin, 23 girls below the age of 19, have been staying at present.

Superintendant – cum – manager in charge of the home Paramita Mukherjee said: “The children staying in the home are educated. They also attend special school here. Many of them often want books to read at their leisure. We have a small collection at the home, which are mainly inspirational books, but those are not sufficient. So such an initiative would definitely help the children and also make them involve with the mainstream of life”.

District child welfare officer Rina Mukherjee said: “This is a great initiative. The children become depressed at many times. The books can become a good friend to them. If properly guided by the library authorities, this initiative would help the children for reconstruction of their mental set up which is quite necessary”.

Meanwhile, the district administration has decided that by the end of this year the children staying in the Krishnanagar based observation home for the juvenile delinquent as well as the district correctional homes would be brought under the service.

The other private homes across the district and sub divisional level correction homes would also be gradually included under the initiative.

ADM (ZP) Dipanjan Bhattacharjee said: “For other homes located acorrs the district and for the correctional homes, books and vehicles will be arranged locally from the state sponsored libraries”.

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