Bapu Dham Children visited British LibraryThe India Post Team, 25th June :Today around 50 child members of ‘Kitab Ghar’- a library for children of Bapu Dham Colony started by Yuvsatta, visited British Library, Chandigarh. Giving information about the initiative Mr. Bipin Kumar, Manager, British Library said that Kids who learn to read when they’re young are less likely to end up in prison, drop out of school, or take drugs. And bringing children to Library on International Anti Drug Day is the best one can do.
For Shailender, a student of class X and in charge of ‘Kitab Ghar’, this visit gave him many ideas about colourful display of books and also about activities like organizing story-telling, Book reading sessions, creative writing, public speaking, craft sessions to bring more learners to their small library and make it more vibrant.
Ravinder and Ganga Kumar were happy to learn from Christina, Dy. Manager of the Library about the free spoken English classes in the Library and they’ll like to come back for them soon.
Sharing his concerns Mr. Parmod Sharma, Coordinator of Yuvsatta said that a child’s entire lifestyle can be enhanced by picking up a novel now and then. Unfortunately, many children living in slum areas are struggling with learning how to read, haven’t had exposure to interesting reading material, or simply don’t have examples of reading for understanding and leisure. So, they’re thankful to British Library for hosting this visit to make children aware of books and exciting opportunities around them.
After seeing the response of children, especially their interest in Harry Potter books, the Manager of British Library Mr. Bipin Kumar presented a whole set of Harry Poter Books to ‘Kitab Ghar’ for children of Bapu Dham. He also arranged for screening of the film ‘Harry Potter & Order of Phoenix-5th Part’ in the Library, for the children of Bapu Dham.
British Library and Yuvsatta intend to organize more such programmes in future to spread the culture of reading amongst the young children. And before the Library visit, children also visited International Dolls Museum, National Gallery of Portraits & Govt. Museum, where they also saw the book exhibition by British Library.