We are working to create the “Brahmapur Children’s Library” concept in collaboration with Jagannath Jogadham organization at Berhampur, Odisha. You can help us procure books for this non-profit, public library.
A brief site visit report on a library we are trying to build up and resource: click here
Supporter Nishikanta Sahoo adds:
1. Strong libraries will build strong communities
[ As you can see from the video, for Mayor of Preili, Latvia, investing in Library has higher priority than repairing the roads. ]
2. A library-cum-community center can accommodate the need of several schools, college students, villagers in the Phailin worst affected area.
3. New Major PEW Report: How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities
A model library can have the following,
1. Several Odia News Papers
2. Several English News Paper
3. Several Hindi News Paper
4. Unemployment News
5. Several Magazines like Competition Success Review, Junior Science Refresher, etc.
6. Some competitive exam books
7. Broadband Internet
8. Computer & Projector so that Lectures from Khan Academy, MIT, Harvard can be broadcast
9. Other appropriate books
10. A Librarian with proper background and passion
11. Movies of importance that can inspire.
12. Invited lectures/presentations. ( Say a Block Development Officer(BDO), Doctor, Bank Manager, Lecturer, an NRO )
13. Spoken English class
14. Basic training on computers, MS Office
Some success stories for references:
1. A Massachusetts based small organization Bagong Kulturang Pinoy Inc( Only 15 year old ) has been successful setting up more than hundred Public Libraries in Philippines.
More information is available at the following link,
[ In 2009, OSA-NE chapter supported their fund raising effort by presenting Odishi dance. ]
2. Gates Foundation is building Public Libraries outside US.
3. US based organization, India Literacy Project(ILP) has established libraries for the low income group communities in Bangalore.
[ They have also some educational projects in Odisha. My company also provided grant for their project in Keonjhar, Odisha. ]
5. Phailin Mobilization by Bakul Library Bhubaneswar
6. Beleswarpatna, Puri Public Library
Library At Beleswarpatna, Puri
7. Book collectin drive for Odisha School Libraries in CT, USA
8. Proposed Berhampur Public Library —
9. Maa Gram Debati Public Library, Kulasar, Nayagarh
10. Vivek Pathagar Rajsunakhala, Nayagarah
120+ students got jobs after using this library. Those who get jobs in return coach/mentor the students preparing for competitiveness.