Amritsar, August 6
In order to inculcate the habit of reading among young students at a budding stage, the district library is all set to engage students from various government schools to orient them about the idea of a public library and its impact on them in a long run.
Prabhjot Kaur, the librarian at the District Library, has written to the district authorities and the district education authorities, urging them to send students from schools under their jurisdiction in a batches of 10 to educate them about how does a library function, various kinds of books and benefits of cultivating the habit of reading at a tender age. A special interactive session will be conducted by her at the library at Rani Ka Bagh here.
She said, “To begin with, I am focusing on students from the government schools. The vision can be expanded with time. I want students from the government schools to understand the idea of having a public library. I will be conducting an orientation programme for them to make them understand the importance of having a public library.”
The district library has recently been chosen to be a part of the Indian Public Library Movement, under which people are connected to the public libraries.
“The idea is to cultivate the habit of reading books at a young age. There is a need that people should understand that a library is not merely a collection of books. The place is an ocean of knowledge. I want to catch them young,” said Prabhjot Kaur while stressing the need to engage school kids.
She also stressed on the initiatives in the pipeline to transform the library. There are at present 49,000 books in the library — books ranging from those on kids, history, biographies. There are books in English, Punjabi, and Hindi. A life-long membership for an adult costs Rs 500 and for a child Rs 50.