Imagine a library with no membership fees to borrow books, no return dates to keep for borrowed books and no librarian to monitor you! Sounds like a dream?
Kolkata Is Getting A Chain of Street Libraries And We Can’t Keep Calm
Libraries In Public Spaces
Gear up people because leadership and educational organisation iLead is about to take Kolkata by storm with its Street Library Movement to bring reading habits back big time. Street libraries are informal libraries that are set up in open spaces to make them accessible in public spaces.
This is all thanks to iLead and Bichinta, a Kolkata NGO. Many more are still in the pipeline. Read on to know more.
Pradip Chopra, chairman of iLead, thought of starting a series of iLead street libraries which will be open-to-all spaces to connect, share and exchange books. From fiction to non-fiction, magazines and children’s books — these libraries will have it all and in different languages. But with no registration or a librarian to monitor the books, borrowers will be encouraged to follow some basic dos and don’ts that the library notice board will state.
First Street Library In Selimpur
On February 8, iLead teamed up with Bichinta, a literary NGO given to the cause of education for all, to open the first street library in Selimpur Road. It has a suggestion box where readers and borrowers can request books that they would like added to the library.
Here’s how it works: You can take a book and leave a book, but the latter is not necessary. The idea is to foster an environment for like-minded individuals who love to read. Sounds like a plan!
We’re looking forward to them spreading throughout the city. Keep your eyes and ears open because iLead plans to open a chain of street libraries in footpaths, private parks, outside private building premises across Kolkata. The next most likely destination will be somewhere in New Town!