Monthly Archives: February 2016

Girl Who Confronted MLA for Library, Opens it Years later

Sunday would remain a special day in the life of S Sembaruthi as  she inaugurated a library in the presence of local MLA at Kollappadi village in Perambalur district. Two years ago, the 15-year-old girl developed the courage to confront her MLA and sought action to reopen the defunct library.

Daughter of Selvam, a farmer and resident of Kolappadi, Sembaruthi is a Class X student at the Government High School in Thungapuram.

S Sembaruthi inaugurating the library building at Kolappadi village, in Perambalur on Sunday; and (right) the plaque at the facility bearing her name | express


According to SS Sivasankar,  MLA of Kunnam constituency, Sembaruthi confronted him in August 2013 as he was about to get into his car after meeting locals and requested him to reopen the library in the village, which had remained closed for several years. “When I enquired about the library, no one even knew about the existence of such a facility,” he posted on his social media page. When Sivasankar asked the panchayat chief about the library , he was informed that the library was functioning from a rented building.

Following this, he sanctioned money from his local area development fund. However, that was returned on the grounds that the fund could not be used for branch library. Later, he got permission for a new library building, which Sembaruthi  inaugurated on Sunday.

What made the occasion special was that the MLA had instructed officials to include Sembaruthi’s name in the official plaque placed in the facility. The girl’s father Selvam told Express that he was away from his home and could not attend the inauguration. He said, “as per her aspiration, I will try my best to make her an IPS officer”.


Source- newindianexpress

New library to come up on Sahir, Batalvi

Seeking to spread the literary works of sons of the soil Sahir Ludhianvi and Shiv Kumar Batalvi, the Punjabi Sahitya Academy (PSA) is soon coming up with a library and cultural centre at Guru Nanak Bhawan, named after these great poets. Funds for the library and cultural centre have been provided by Manohar Singh Gill, former sports minister and Rajya Sabha member.

Talking to ‘The Times of India’, Manohar Singh Gill said: “Since I have studied in the Government College in Ludhiana, I have a special love for Sahir Ludhianvi whom I consider to be among the best poets. Also, I have great respect for the writings of Shiv Kumar Batalvi, the famous poet. During my visit to the city in November last year, PSA members met me and asked for funds to construct a library. After that, I allotted Rs25 lakh from my MP-LADS for the same, and the money is already on its way to them. I have asked them to commemorate Sahir and Shiv Kumar Batalvi.” He added that it was his endeavour to ensure youngsters knew about the great contribution of these literary giants to Punjabi literature.

A view of Connemara Public Library. (Below) Representatives of public libraries in India at a meet in Chennai. Express


The PSA, meanwhile, says it had already decided to commemorate the great poets. “Hopefully, we are getting a cheque of Rs25 lakh, which the MP has allocated for the library. We will get the library constructed on the first floor of the building, housing a books store, and name it after Sahir Ludhianvi. We will also make a cultural centre on the second floor, and name it after Shiv Kumar Batalvi,” said PSA president Sukhdev Singh. “We have more than 65,000 books, rare manuscripts, and Ph.D theses (from students of Punjab, J&K, and Pakistan) which will be housed in the library.” He added that the construction of both will start immediately after they get the money from the deputy commissioner.

The PSA has thanked Gill for giving funds for the construction of the two centres. “We are thankful to Gill Sahib for providing funds for the library and the cultural centre. This will help popularize the works of great writers and poets among youngsters and adults,” said PSA patron Ranjodh Singh.



Source- timesofindia

Reinventing the library

Ceiling high shelves full of dusty, leather-bound tomes, stern librarians glaring at you over their spectacles if you so much as whisper in the sepulchral silence… Is that your idea of what libraries are?

How about bright, well-designed, even landscaped spaces that encourage socialization?

Leaping windows cafe Photo: Vijay Bate

Sneha Vashisht, a zoology graduate student at the University of Mumbai, says she spent her last three weekends reading books, each time at a different informal reading space. “I enjoy these colourful, cozy spaces that have a garden-like ambience and a casual feel with bean bags and coffee, as opposed to dusty, damp and poorly-lit libraries.” Ms Vashisht calls these spaces “book havens” and they’re a delightful trend in a city that’s increasingly in a hurry. These new takes on libraries are designed to offer relaxation and entertainment by making reading a highly rewarding activity. There are no penalties and late fees, and nobody would raise an eyebrow if you bring that