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 schools have libraries, use of those libraries is on the decline for various reasons like outdated and unattractive books which do not capture the imagination of students and limited access to students due to operational difficulties.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 883 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 are felicitated in recognition of their dedicated selfless work in training the students.
Sponsors can also choose a govt. high school of their choice to set up a library.
Corpus for prizes and replenishing books:
Corpus of Rs. 10,000 is created for each library. Valuable prizes are given every year to 10 students of each school for best write-ups on library books. Write-ups are conclusive proof of reading books. 80 to 100 new books are added to BREAD libraries once in 3 years to sustain the interest of students.
Systems and processes:
BREAD Society’s systems and processes of operating libraries through students are comprehensive. Headmaster nominates a teacher to look after library. Class teacher selects 3 responsible students from each class, preferably two girls and a boy, to manage 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 but must return books on reopening of school. Defaulters 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“.