Tribune News Service
Amritsar, May 23
A mobile library with approx 500 books of different genres has been touring the city for the past six days, taking halt at outside schools and public places. Their motive is to create awareness regarding books related to scientific awareness.
“We want to reach out to readers, not waiting for them to walk into a book shop or library. Our focus remains to create a scientific temper, educating people against superstitions, magical remedies and other non-scientific beliefs,” says Sumit Singh, president, Taraksheel Society, Amritsar.
The society had initiated the concept of a mobile library cum book shop back in 2014 and since then the van has been touring various districts across Punjab, promoting books, Punjabi language and creating awareness. “We have 100 units functioning across Punjab and each district gets their turn with the mobile library touring a city or town for a week. Amritsar has hosted the van for the third time,” informs Sumit.
The van took halted at District Library, Company bagh, Amrit Anand Park, Hall Gate, Khalsa College Senior Secondary School, Atam Public School, Chheharta, and outside the railway station.
“We received good response from youngsters as well as elderly people. Our best selling books were about scientific facts and life history of Bhagat Singh. We also conducted on-the-spot workshop on Punjabi books,” he said.
The society has been associated with such promotional campaigns since its constitution. They have a printing press, which publishes a Punjabi and Hindi magazine every two months, selling 15,000 copies. Awareness regarding Punjabi and Hindi literature is very less among the younger generation. Most do not know about the bestselling authors, the stories and the language itself. So, we focus on educative workshops, he added.
Meanwhile, the van has now moved to Gurdaspur, where it will tour for six days.
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