BREAD Children’s Library
Reading habits of govt. school students are confined traditionally to text books. While almost all govt. schools have libraries, use of those libraries is on the decline for various reasons like outdated and unattractive books which do not capture the imagination of students and limited access to students due to operational difficulties. To inculcating reading habit among students, BREAD Society sets up Children’s Libraries in govt. high schools in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. It has set up 888 libraries in the last 8 years benefitting over 4,00,000 students annually. Each library consists of 650 books and a bookcase with four lockable hanging glass doors for safe custody of books.
Selection of books:
An Expert Committee selects 600 to 650 books of interest to children with colorful graphic designs on moral values, history, biographies, epics, culture, country’s freedom, science, geography, mathematics, general knowledge, personality development, puzzles, sports etc.
Selection of beneficiary schools:
National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship (NMMS) is a central govt. scheme to arrest dropouts. A test is held nationwide in 8th standard for students of govt. and aided schools. Successful students are awarded Rs.6,000 scholarship per annum for 4 years till completion of higher secondary education. BREAD Society selects schools with 6 or more awards in a year and sets up libraries. Headmasters and teachers responsible for training students for the test are felicitated in recognition of their dedicated selfless work. Sponsors can also choose a govt. high school of their choice to set up a library.
Role of BREAD Children’s Libraries:
BREAD Children’s libraries are ensuring that books are accessible to students, encouraging students to run and manage the libraries, motivating students to read the books of their choice, motivating teachers who encourage reading habits in students and in honouring students and teachers who effectively use the libraries. All the activities of BREAD Society are standardized, objective and transparent, leaving no scope for bias or subjectivity. Over 3.5 lakh children access and read books from BREAD libraries annually. ‘BREAD Library Program’ can be scaled up and replicated by any corporate entity or NGO.
Corpus for replenishing books and prizes:
Corpus of Rs. 10,000 is created for each library to add 80 new books once in 3 years and to give prizes annually for best write-ups. Write-ups are conclusive proof of reading books.
Systems and processes:
BREAD Society’s systems and processes of operating libraries through students are comprehensive. Headmaster nominates a teacher to look after the library. Class teacher selects 3 responsible students from each class, preferably two girls and a boy, to manage the library. Library teacher trains them to issue books to their classmates. Library period is used mainly to select, borrow and return borrowed books in next library period. Defaulting students can only read books in library period till they return borrowed books. Students acquire life skills at a young age. Library teacher is not burdened with extra work. Transfers/retirements do not have any adverse effect on the functioning of libraries. Students borrowing books can exchange books during vacations in order to read more books. They can return any library book on reopening of school. Students failing to return books will be not be reissued books.
A selection of prize-winning write-ups of 2013-14 has been published as “Books Review by students”.
Click here for Books Review by Students.
Prizes Data Sheet and Library Application Form can be downloaded from “Forms“.