A survey says that only 32% of children read 24 out-of-syllabus-books annually in India.The project aims at envisaging the reading and educational opportunities for 1000 children and adults from 4 slums in Trichy. The mobile library (to start with in a two wheeler and 100 books we have) aims at providing weekly service to deepen the children's passion in reading. Children will have access to books & Games (like carom, checkers, chess, etc.) that develop the thinking abilities and life skills.
For people we work with in the 4 slums, to whom bread winning is a daily task, BOOKS & Board games are a luxury. Libraries are scarce in the locality. No substitutes are available for their reference. Thus, people here have little/no access to books. Students have no opportunity to help them build their thinking skills and creativity and reinforce the lessons they learn at school. Adults have no opportunities to read books to help them develop literacy skills and enforce other technical skills.
Mobile Library (planned to operate in a van) stocked with a wide selection of books and activities for both children &adults will visit each of the 4 slums in Trichy. The mobile library will come to the slum once a week and members will be able to take a maximum of 2 books to read for a week & children can play games. Residents can exchange their books after a week. Reading improves knowledge, games enhance unity and cooperation. To start with the library operates in the office two wheeler.
The regular mobile library service contains fictional and intellectual books and games for 1000 children and adults, living in deprived communities. This will improve their knowledge, learning, vocabulary, technical and social skills. People learn to use free time effectively. Books help people to receive information, write and think better. Participating in a group game enables a child to live in harmony, to cooperate and have friends. The community gets increased/shared learning resources.