perumkulam, In Kollam District, has been awarded the title Kerala’s first ‘Book Village’. This claim to fame is the result of years of concerted efforts aimed at encouraging the habit of reading. There is a small village in perumkulam Kulakkada near Kottarakkara in Kollam district. A village library ‘Bapuji Smarak Grandshala’ is at the forefront of this effort to make the state’s first book village.
- The library instills a passion for reading by setting up bookshelves, or ‘book nests’, in different corners of the village. Anyone can take books from book nests, read them and put them back.
- Eleven such shelves have been set up in the village, and there are more than seven thousand books in the house.
- The library also delivers books to homes. The great Malayalam writer MT Vasudevan Nair called it ‘Book Village’.
- Subsequently, the State Library Council informed the Chief Minister of his unique achievement, and he officially conferred the title of ‘Book Village’ on Perumkulam on this year’s Reading Day.
- The initiative to distribute books at homes has helped many – not only to increase knowledge, but also to fight the pandemic! A team has been deployed for distribution of books following the COVID norms. Eminent writer M. Mukundan serves as the custodian of the library.
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- Chief Minister of Kerala: Pinarayi Vijayan;
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