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కలిసి నేర్చుకుందాం.! కలిసి నేర్పుదాం.!
KNOWLEDGE – The Library.
The digital library project initiated by – Kranthi Kumar
The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.
A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.
You want weapons? They’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!
What better book can there be than the book of humanity.
Something very magical can happen when you READ A GOOD BOOK.
- The library will help students do better in school.
- Help students prepare for entrance and competitive examination;
- To enable people to learn and prepare from best practices
- It will give literacy students books to practice reading.
- It can preserve the traditions, stories, music and ideas of our village
- Quiet place to study or hold some education classes.
- It will give extension workers, health care providers and other professionals technical information to help them do their jobs better.
- Apart of text books, students often need reference books to prepare notes.
- A library opens a world of wisdom for anyone. They can build their confidence by going through the books of his interest.
- Library as a dynamic center for idea interaction.
- Helps a farmer with advanced farming techniques.
- Helps a housewife to live individually by learning skills that can help earn financially.
- Help people to locate information thus creating better informed communities.
- Help the rural children and adults maintain knowledge gained from their education.
- To help people understand the country’s social, political and economic endeavours and nation building efforts.
- To aid in the development of wholesome family life, providing materials about social, economic and health care development.
- To inspire members of the community to read, to use books, information and knowledge access, and to enjoy all materials in the library for education and recreation.
- Helps to get more awareness on healthy living, life style changes, health hazards, healthy eating, healthy habits etc.
Volunteer committee both local and offshore co-ordination team.
Volunteering is the vital part of the whole program, without which nothing can happen. Maintaining library is a heavy job and needs all kind of individual efforts to make this program successful. Volunteering can be physical, mental and also financial help. Committee needs to be formed to maintain and manage this public library. For any committee to be successful, we need leaders and division of volunteers based on their activity. As most of our volunteers are located geographically across different countries and states, our committee is divided into local body and offshore body.
Bodies involved in this library:
- Local Governing body (MA ” మ”)
- Offshore governing body(NAM “నం”)
Local Governing body (MA):
Volunteers residing in our village (kattavaripalem) and are accessible to all the activities involved with library are considered to be in local governing body called “MA” taken from first letter of “మనం”.All the physical activities needed for library is taken care by MA team.
MA team will select a person to communicate with offshore team and provide updates on library programme. If needed all the local volunteers can be involved in meetings and other decision making issues.
Offshore governing body (NAM):
Volunteers residing away from our village, could be in different states, different countries who are not accessible immediately are considered to be in offshore governing body called “NAM” taken from last letter of “మనం”. All the fund raising, financial support activities and other innovative ways of maintaining library and guidance will be provided by this team.
NAM team will select a person to communicate with offshore team and he is responsible to communicate the updates to all other offshore team. Interested volunteers can also join meetings and other decision making issues.
Both the teams had to jointly take decisions.
Should we need a new building?
Now that we have temple as platform, it is better to have a separate building for multipurpose community building that can serve as “విడిది ఇల్లు” for wedding purposes, medical camp, library and some gatherings etc. However this would cost us lot of money.
Also people who visit temple, would get inspired by kids using library and recommend other kids to our facilities. We as manavurivikasam group, can take collective decision on building this multipurpose community center for our village, until then fingers crossed.
Should we use our old elementary school?
Yes, we can use this elementary school for library as well, just like what we are using for medical camp, however as this is not in center of the village, most of the people or kids intended to use library would not prefer travelling long.
Should we use our old temple (ramulavari gudi)
Is it that big enough to be maintained as library? And who is maintaining this house?
Should we find some other donor for building?
Should we find a donor to build a new multipurpose house.. Donations are accepted and much appreciated
Should we setup a mobile library?
We can even think about it.
Identify the target audience
Identify number of schools around us and number of kids in our village going to those schools. We need to arrange materials based on the kids and schools they are attending. Because there are lot of differences between schools, we need to organize materials that balance knowledge between the kids going to different schools.
- Number of schools
- Type of schools (English medium, Telugu medium, Govt. school, Pvt. School etc.)
- Kids grades.
- Number of pre- school kid in our village. Parents will be attracted to pre-school kid’s activities and would encourage young kids to use library.
Considering the age from 12 to 15 as teens, we need to identify how many are there in our village, so that we can arrange required materials that are helpful in preparing for competitive exams, general knowledge, life skills and communication skills, computer skills to choose their paths accordingly etc.
Need to survey if housewives are interested in using library services, this would help us arrange books and materials and other videos to improve their knowledge.
We can help farmers to improve/develop their farming skills by providing them monthly and weekly agriculture materials, especially to the villages like us where we don’t have proper water facilities.
We can help youth to attain knowledge on many things they are interested in. We are planning to provide materials that helps youth to choose their career path, self-employment etc.
Facilities needed for library.
- Text Books
- General Knowledge Books
- Daily/Weekly/Monthly Newspapers for farmers
- Daily/Weekly/Monthly Newspapers for Youth (not entertainment stuff)
- Daily/Weekly/Monthly Newspapers for Housewives.
- Daily/Weekly/Monthly Newspapers for kids.
- Play tools for pre-school kids
- Skills development games.
- Autobiographies of some famous people.
- Science project books.
- Historical books.
- English grammar books.
- Spiritual books.
- Computer educational books.
- Hardware display (or books)
- Computer assembling books.
- Advanced agriculture books/audio/videos.
- Discovery/History Videos.
Books/Materials list can move on based on the requirement. We shall collect advices from readers and get the books accordingly.
- Couple of computers for ebooks if needed(can start with one in the beginning)
- Printer ( not a basic need, but can be used in future, this could help us print our temple/MV group documentations)
- One computer or basic laptop for maintaining book list, financial stuff and other computer related mundane.
- Book Racks
- Computer tables
- We can add this if needed. As this is public library, I believe surveillance is needed.
- Good Audio system is needed if we need to play any audio books or any informational videos
- Projector is needed to play any of the informative agricultural, history, discovery videos.
- This can be used for temple purposes as well.
- As technology has both constructive and destructive edges, we need to decide upon internet options in library.
Rules and regulations of using library and its premises (policies).
Membership card can be issued to registered kid/person from our village. Photo ID of the person is needed for registration. For Kids Photo ID is not needed essentially. However during registration parents ID card is needed. Committee member (librarian) has to take xerox (our expense) and save the photo copy of those ID’s for future reference.
Membership can be expanded to other village people if interested. Self/Parent’s address proof and photo ID is needed.
If Printer/scanner is available, registration details can be saved as soft copies.
Registered used should sign terms & conditions sheet during the registration. Terms and conditions contain general rules and regulations of using library and lending/renewing books etc. These terms and conditions can be changed periodically as we grow.
Working days : Monday to Friday : 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Working Saturday : Saturday : 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Nonworking days : Saturday & Sunday : 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Holidays : Govt. Holidays : 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Timing can always be changed based on committee decision. MA team’s decisions are always considered as they are the one actually placed onsite and can decide upon situations.
- Members must produce their valid library membership card when borrowing the books.
- Books can be lent to registered users for a month from the data of issue initially and can further be renewed for another month upon request.
- After two months books has to be returned and had to wait for a month to get the same book again. Ex: User A borrowed “BOOK1” on 1st Jan 2019, he can apply for renewal for same “BOOK1” before Feb 1st User A cannot extend the same “BOOK1” from March 1st 2019. If he needs same book1, he has to wait till March 31st 2019 and borrow the same book again.
- He/she can use the same book/material anytime in library premises. No time restrictions when using in library.
- Play toys, computer equipment and any electronic devices cannot be lent to any registered users. They can use as long as they can in library premises.
- Daily/Weekly/Monthly newspapers or materials cannot be lent to any users. Users have right to use them in library premises.
- The borrower is obliged to compensate lost or damaged items either by substituting the material or paying for it.
- In case of lost book, user has to pay full cost of the book or he/she can replace with new book.
- In case of damaged book/material, user takes full responsibility in repairing the same.
- If the payment for the lost book is not done as demanded, the controlling authority (librarian) can collect money from their parents.
- If the user have 3 complaints of lost or damaged books, librarian has every right to cancel his registration or cancel his rights to borrow books from library.
- Librarian can have right to decide on handing over or lending books to pre-school kids / kids just to safe guard books from damage.
- Books can be renewed for the max of 2 months. i.e. initial one month and extension/renewal another month.
- Renewals need to be done within two days of the due date.
- Late fee of Rs.10.00 will be collected for failing to renew book on time.
- Conduct not conducive to the proper use of the library is forbidden.
- Noise, disturbance or unruly behavior is forbidden in any part of the library.
- Smoking, food and drinks are not allowed in the library.
- Silence shall be observed in the public areas of the library. Mobile phones, pagers and watch alarms should be switched off before entering the library.
- Users of the library should be decently dressed.
- Loitering or sleeping in the library is prohibited.
- Library materials must not be taken out of the library unless a Library staff has properly issued them.
- All books and personal belongings must be shown to the staff at the library exits whenever required to do so.
- No bag, case, umbrella, personal book, CD‐ROM, or floppy disk should be brought into the Library. They should be deposited at the property counter at one’s own risk.
- Library membership cards are not transferable and must be produced whenever requested by Library staff.
- Library membership cards, when lost, must be reported immediately in person or by telephone to the librarian/committee.
- A lost library card may be replaced by a fee of Rs.5.00 along with an undertaking that the member concerned will be responsible for any book taken on the library card.
- Mutilation and theft of library materials are offences punishable by law. Appropriate action will be taken by the Library against offenders.
- Library books and documents must be treated with honor, so that it is prohibited to underline, write notes or pull out pages there from.
- All dues to the library must be paid promptly.
- The library will not be held responsible for the loss of any personal belongings of users.
- Following consultation, books should be left on the tables for the library staff to re‐shelve them.
- The library staff has the right to ask users to leave the library if they are inappropriately dressed or are causing a disturbance.
- The library staff has the right to ask a non‐member to leave the library.
- Librarian can decide on if the user can use electronic devices based on age.
- Pre-school kids/ kids are not authorized to use electronic devices.
- Librarian should help with pre-school kids/kids if they need to use electronic devices. Ex. If kids want to watch some informative videos, librarian will operate project for them.
- Only pre-school kids should only use the play toys.
- Parents are responsible for Play toys handed over to pre-school kids.
- Parents has to play full amount in case of any damage/loss of toys.
- Opening and closing the library on time.
- Helping readers to find books.
- Explaining and enforcing the library’s rules.
- Organizing the books in a clear and consistent way.
- Taking inventory.
- Acquiring books.
- Repairing books.
- Keeping track of borrowed books.
- Tracking down overdue or missing books.
- Helping the committee with fundraising.
- Designing and running programmes.
- Evaluating the library.
- Making status reports to the library committee and the community.
COST (INR) (estimates only)
Pre-kids games and toys
Kids skill games
If we have enough money pooled, we can start this during initial setup.
Library Maintenance (Cleaning)
Rounding up the above expenses,
Initial Setup : 60,000/-
Expansion with computers : 60,000/-
Regular Maintenance : 10,000/-
Suggestions and opinions are always welcome.
- To start with we should concentrate on kids (school & pre-school). For pre-school, we already have 2 ANGANWADI schools in our village with full time teachers and care takers. So we can provide materials, intellectual toys to those teachers on behalf of manavurivikasam and they will take care of pre-school kids. – Nageswarrao (doctor garu)
- For Kids as they are busy with schools and play times every day, we can operate library for kids only on weekends/holidays – Nageswarrao (doctor garu)
- Library usage for farmers and elders are also important to get general awareness of farming activities, health activities etc. -Venkat Bezawada
- It is hard to maintain youth debating about politics. Often debates come across daily news(papers) and hence separate this newspapers section with books and other category sections -Venkat Bezawada
- For school going kids, it is always a teacher’s word they listen and care about. So we want to drive this library program through the teacher’s words. We identify kids and their schools, meet their school teachers and ask them to talk about importance of library -Ravi Boddapati
- To build some enthusiasm in kids initially, identify some talent games like Sudoku, crosswords and whoever breaks/solves the game will be given a small school needs as gift. – Namratha
- Include celebrating independence day, republic days and other cultural days – Krishna Mohan (Kranthi’s cousin)
- Welcome donations like old computers, electronic devices which are helpful to library, old books from friends and group members – Kranthi
- with known limitations on land/building availabiity – we can start with Temple (premises) as the library providing there is enough room for maintenance of supplies (newspapers, journals, books & electronics), this way we can get some leeway on children/elders getting used to reading books or using computers. – Chinnam Ramesh
- We can also play Ramayan, Mahabharat as a DVD series in the Temple which also helps some activity in the Temple for the elderly. – Chinnam Ramesh
- Extend services to high school and intermediate collages.
- We can extend our service to degree students in such a way that they can prepare for groups and other competitive exams.
- We can identify couple of students and then sponsor them for higher education based on their interest levels and academic talents.
- We can provide people basic computer needs etc.
- School supply drives – for kids attending to govt. schools etc.