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11 Libraries For Your Kids That Offer Much More Than Just Books

    Whether you want to find a cosy space where your kids can curl up and read, or the convenience of having books delivered home, or stories and audio books on your tablet, there’s options aplenty to help foster a new generation of bookworms from these lending libraries.

    Chooku Booku

    Chooku Booku

    Jayanagar, Bangalore

    First and foremost a storytelling centre run by former journalist Chetana Belegere, Chooku Booku also houses an extensive collection of picture and chapter books. Don’t miss their events themed around stories (think bear hunts, space adventures and tigers coming to tea), which are helpful for reluctant readers.

    Discover Kids

    Running for the last ten years, the Discover Kids collection is particularly strong on picture books. You need to drop by to exchange your choices, but books can be renewed via the web. Puzzles, DVDs and games can also be rented.

    Where: 27th, 18th cross, 9th Main, Sector 7, HSR Layout

    Contact: +91 9880650266

    Price: INR 350 upwards per month, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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    Easy Library

    Easy Library

    RajaRajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore

    If you’re searching for a particular title, Easy Library’s entire collection is online, and home delivery is also an option. It’s not just kid’s books, so mix and match some choices for yourself, including magazines.

    Where: 232/C, First Floor, 2nd Main, 7th Cross, ST Bed Layout, Koramangala and 521, 1st Main, Corporation Bank Road, Ideal Homes 2nd Phase, Rajarajeshwari Nagar

    Contact: +91 9538752230

    Price: INR 300 upwards per month, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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    Hippocampus

    17,000 books over two floors, a carrom board corner, and activities every Saturday morning – plus the promise that it’s not a library for whispering in! Bibliotherapy (recommending books to help children with new life experiences) has been introduced recently, and there’s also an outdoor area complete with mango tree, a fish pond and a sand pit.

    Where: 525, 16th Main Rd, 3 Block, Koramangala

    Contact: +91 080 25630206

    Price: INR 1,850 upwards for six months, plus registration {approx.}

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    I-cue

    Ever struggled to pick out the right book? With I-cue’s themed ‘book kits’ which bring together age-appropriate fiction, non-fiction and poetry for kids, you don’t even have to worry about choosing. A bag of five books will be delivered to your door at regular intervals, depending on the plan that you select.

    Contact: +91 9886630888

    Price: INR 199 upwards per month, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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    Just Books

    Keeping in mind that there are now over thirty city branches, Just Books is literally everyone’s neighbourhood library, and they even provide home delivery. The collection is stronger for middle and teen readers than for picture books and board books, though.

    Contact: +91 080 42515000

    Price: INR 2,880 upwards per year, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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    Kutoohala

    What started off as a bookshop recently also became a library. The entire collection has been hand-selected by educators for the zero to nine age group, and there’s a good balance of Indian and international titles. Parents cite the online catalogue and regular sessions on how to encourage a love of reading as the biggest draws.

    Where: 1/1, First Floor, Ratnavilas Road, Basavangudi

    Contact: +91 080 69999450

    Price: INR 350 upwards per month, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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    Kids Kouch

    The Marathalli branch of this kid’s furniture brand has a 12,000 book strong library, with everything from board books and picture books to a reference section for school projects and a dedicated foreign language corner.

    Where: No. 7, 35/1B, CRM Soubhgya Complex, Varthur Main Road, Marathahalli

    Contact: +91 080 28524400

    Price: INR 900 upwards for three months, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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    KydzAdda

    As well as being a soft play and activity centre, KydzAdda has a library of around 1,000 books, with titles for kids up to the age of ten. Visit with tiny tots, as the dedicated toddler section with ‘touch and feel’ books is the highlight.

    Where: 2nd Floor, 980, 13th Cross, Banashankari, 2nd Stage

    Contact: +91 080 26715959

    Price: INR 500 upwards for three months, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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    Story Truck

    Take the digital route with Story Truck, which is strong on books with an Indian connect, with folk tales, mythology and almost the entire back catalogue of Chennai-based publisher Tulika books. Multiple Indian languages, audio books and bilingual books are available.

    Price: INR 599 per year {approx.}

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