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Vachankatta In order to create interest in reading among students, the primary school in Kusumbimura in Javali taluka has started “Vachankatta”. Students are loving this place made of bamboo and red stones. They spend hours here reading and studying.

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Building a wall of kindness by the book: Kothrud A group of eight students has placed books near a playground in Kothrud- a library that is open for all. The idea of wall of kindness is now replicated in Pune, wherein a group of students is encouraging people to place books near the wall in Kothrud. They call this the open library movement. The initiative solely runs on the books donated by the people.

The bullock cart mobile library Kashinath Koli, a native of a small village named Darganhalli near Solapur felt the need of a library in his village and the surrounding villages. He started a mobile library with his bullock cart. The villagers are loving this new library.

Library in a Container The Bookwala organisation has started a library for orphan kids in a container. This library is in Alandi Pune near Chakan.

Granthasakha Granthasakha is not just an ordinary library but Alibaba’s cave of more than two lakh book jewels. Retired professor Shri. Shyamsundar Joshi sir set up this library with savings of his entire service.

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Pustakanch Gaav Pustakanch gaav (English: Village of Books) is a special library in Bhilar, Maharashtra that opened on May 4, 2017. The initiative was conceptualized and led by Vinod Tawde, Minister of Cultural Affairs and Marathi Language and inaugurated by Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra. This government initiative is inspired by Britain’s Hay-on-Wye, a notable Welsh town known for its book stores. At the time of launch, there were 25 artistically decorated locations in Bhilar that are turned into spots for readers; collectively they housed over 15,000 books in 18 distinct genres. Most books were in Marathi language and there were plans to add additional 25,000 books in other languages such as English, Hindi, and Gujarati.
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Bebitai Gaikwad Bebitai Gaikwad, a vegetable vendor, studied only till standard 9. But she always loved to be amidst the books. She spends one hour every morning reading books. She keeps 5 rs. aside every day to buy books. She now has a good collection of books at her home and distributes thousands of books to school children. She is also educating 12 Adivasi students.

Chocolate Book Series Chocolate Pustak Mala initiative is in function since 2008. Distributing books to the school children instead of chocolates was the idea behind this initiative. Through this initiative, more than 1 Lakh books have been distributed in the journey of 11 years. The books are small 16 page books each priced just a rupee. Founder and Author: Govind Godbole.

Vicharkranti Sarvajanik Vachanalay and Abhyasika Jakhori Vicharkranti Sarvajanik Vachanalay is an initiative to support the needy students and is located in Jakhori, Nasik. It was founded in 2017. Contact person- Mr. Suhas Khade Mobile number- 7021099067 Email- khade8519@gmail.com facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vicharkranti-Sarvajanik-Vachnalay-and-Abhyasika-Jakhori/1590004841011263

Words and Sips books cafe With a really pretty and cozy ambiance, this place has its walls filled with either bookshelves or quirky drawings.  They have a great collection of books in English and Marathi. They charge Rs. 50 per person for 3 hours. They also serve good quality yummy food that adds flavor to the reading. They organize different live events on weekends which are totally worth attending! Founders- Izaz Shaikh, Pradeep Tambake, Devidas Gavhane Website- words-and-sips-book-cafe.business.site Contact- 080070 27261 Address-

Rachana Tulips, Ground Floor, Behind Times of India,Near Vaishali Hotel, FC Road, Pune
PUNE, Maharashtra 411004,India

Book on Wheels India’s first mobile bookshop, Author talks, Book fairs.

Founder- Rohit Jerajani
cell: 91-9822026389
Tel: 91-20-26134686

Pustak Maitri Bal vachanalay One box ‘Peti’ contains 100 books. Children read the books and return them on the next day. The library is maintained by the children themselves. All the books are free of cost. Today there are more than 50 Pustak Maitri Bal vachnalaya. Founder- Narendra Lanjewar Blog- https://twitter.com/bf6f470ac2604ca

Granth Tumchya Dari Yojana Grantha Tumchya Dari has 555 bags filled with 25 books each. Each bag has books all subjects and genre. You will never know the bag that you will get. You can keep the bag for 3 months and then return it once you’re done. Presently they are circulating in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Dubai, and the Netherlands. Founder- Vinayak Ranade

Mob –  +91 99 22 22 5777
What’sup –  + 91 9423972394
Email –  vinran007@gmail.com

Rural Library Foundation The mission of the Rural Library Foundation is to inculcate the reading habit in the rural children and youth, primarily with the support of a sponsor from each village, and to assist them in enhancing their knowledge as they grow, to become confident, competent, and caring individuals.Contact Details +91-9492383100 rlfindia.org@gmail.com http://www.rlfindia.org/website/index.php

Local Public Library The mission of the Rural Library Foundation is to inculcate the reading habit in the rural children and youth, primarily with the support of a sponsor from each village, and to assist them in enhancing their knowledge as they grow, to become confident, competent, and caring individuals.Contact Details +91-9492383100 rlfindia.org@gmail.com http://www.rlfindia.org/website/index.php

Parag School libraries can be the most efficient source of access to literature for a majority of children who are enrolled in schools, but do not have books at home. However, 74% schools do not have functional libraries. Recognizing this need, Tata Trusts launched the Parag initiative in 2005-06. Parag supports the development of, access to, and use of children’s literature in Indian languages, to promote reading among children.Founded by – Tata Trust Address – Bombay House, 24, Homi Mody Street, Mumbai 400 001, India Contact – +91 – 22 – 6665 8282 Email – talktous@tatatrusts.org

Pratham – Read India Read India, Pratham’s flagship program, was first introduced in 2007 with the objective of improving the reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills of children in the 6-14 age group. The program has evolved over time in response to internal learnings and external evaluations. In the current phase of Read India, the objective is to ensure basic learning outcomes in language and mathematics.Address Y.B. Chavan Center, 4th Floor, Gen. J. Bhosale Marg. Nariman Point Mumbai, Maharashtra-400021 Contact – +91 22 22819561 Email – info@pratham.org Website – http://www.pratham.org

Granth Yaan Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya (MGS) has launched a mobile library in Thane to enhance the reading culture. It goes to various places and provides library services to readers near their residence.Founder / President – M.Y. Gokhale Address Marathi Granth Sanghrahalay, Station Rd, Juhu Chandan Society, Jambli Naka, Thane West, Thane, Maharashtra 400601Contact – +91 22 2540 6787 Website – http://granthyan.com

Bookspace India Pvt ltd 1 book for 1 week at doorstepFounders – Prasad Kulkarni and Abhijeet Nakhate Address 3-4 Silver Arch Apartments, Lane No 3, Dahanukar Colony, Pune, Maharashtra 411038 Contact – +91 84080 20606 Website – https://bookspace.in

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Audio books and E-books E-books are gaining impetus. Even when audio books are available book lovers are prefering to read E-books