Perumkulam – Kerala’s village of books


Way again in 2017 when Bhilar, a village in Maharashtra’s Satara district, was declared a ‘village of books’ (Pustakanch Gaav) by the State authorities, it sparked an concept in Kerala. The workplace bearers of Bapuji Smaraka Vayanasala, a library in Perumkulam, close to Kollam, in Kerala had been decided to copy it, they usually have lastly achieved their objective.

On June 19, Perumkulam was declared a ‘village of books’, by author MT Vasudevan Nair, making it, probably, the second in India and Kerala’s first. Even earlier than Bhilar grew to become a ‘village of books’, Perumkulam had positioned its first public bookcase as an experiment in 2017, says V. Vijesh, a faculty instructor and former secretary of the library. Bhilar has specifically created areas with books, to encourage studying. Perumkulam’s Bapuji library, fashioned in 1948, is housed in a 3 storey constructing; author M Mukundan is the patron of the library that has near 625 members.

As half of Perumkulam’s transformation right into a ‘village of books’, the library lately positioned 10 pusthaka koodu (sloped-roof, home-formed glass bookcases) throughout 10 spots within the village, which has a inhabitants of round 4000 folks. “Each has 30-50 books, mostly children’s literature which the kids can borrow,” says Vijesh. There are just a few books for grown-ups and newspapers too. The concept is aimed, primarily, at kids in order that the behavior of studying is inspired and nurtured early.

For the love of books

The concept of the bookcase got here from US-primarily based Little Free Library – a e-book sharing motion via bookcases positioned in public areas, following its mannequin of sharing books. The Perumkulam library is registered with the Little Free Library, “With the registration, our library shows up in their map of Little Libraries. That gave us the idea of placing the bookcase in a public space,” Vijesh provides. The design of the circumstances, although made domestically, was impressed by some of these of the Little Free Library. The bookcase was positioned in January 2017, the ‘village of books’ concept got here later when in May that yr after Bhilar was declared one.

There was scepticism after they put in the primary bookcase. Office bearers of the library anticipated the books to both stay unused or the glass-walled bookcases to be shattered.

Children and grown-ups alike are excited concerning the bookcases and books  

“We were pleasantly surprised that neither happened. It is intact and the books were being read. We placed a register there since we couldn’t monitor it. The principle is simple – you take a book and keep it back or replace it with another book. Going by entries in it, not only were the books are being read they were also replaced with others – obviously the response is good,” he provides. Encouraged by the response the Vayanasala crew, led by Perumkulam Rajeev and Okay Gopalakrishnan (president and secretary respectively of the library), determined to ramp up the challenge.

Books for all

In Bhilar, as half of a Maharashtra state authorities challenge, when it was inaugurated there have been 25 e-book zones, created to encourage folks – locals and vacationers – to choose up a e-book to learn proper there. Around 75 artists painted the partitions of neighborhood areas – temples, homes, and colleges – consistent with literary themes and figures.

The bookcases even have been strategically positioned – nearly all are close to bus stops which have hooked up ready sheds with seats. “All have newspapers as well. We also encourage that books be taken home, read and placed back,” Vijesh says. The library is ready for books going lacking – it’ll replenish the field.

Santhwan Vijay, a scholar of Class VII, appears ahead to studying books after colleges reopen after the lockdown, “There are bookcases everywhere in our village now. I can take books from here – there is plenty for us, kids, and also grown-ups. I can read on my way to school and back, I can pick up books from one and put it in another and read one from there.”

The bookcases have been constructed with sponsorships by locals from the village. “It is imperative, especially now that children are forced to use smartphones and computers for their education, that they have access to and are encouraged to read books,” Vijesh provides.

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