Janamaithri public library a roaring hit
By Express News Service | Published: 02nd July 2012 10:41 AM |
Eighteen months after its inauguration, the Hill Palace Janamaithri Police Library in Tripunithura has evolved into a favourite hangout for book enthusiasts in the area.
The best part is that the library, which has a collection of more than 6000 books, provides its services for free. “The Janamaithri library aims to be an interface between the police and the public. It also helps us to spread the message about the need for upkeeping law and order in the society. Renowned writers K G Paulose (former Vice-chancellor, Kerala Kalamandalam) and K S Radhakrishnan (former Vice-chancellor, Sri Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit) lead the library’s activities,” said Baiju Paulose, Circle Inspector, Hill Palace police station.
The library has also taken an initiative to re-introduce classic Malayalam books to the public. “Our classics are capable of enlightening any person. We are taking up the mission of reviving them in their full glory. We believe that this effort will encourage people to take up reading passionately,” said K G Paulose, who is also a member of the library.
“The library also conducts monthly book reviews and debate sessions based on the reviews. With the participation of our members, these activities have become a major hit. We recently conducted a debate session based on the review of the ‘Mahabharatham’,” he said.
Reviews sessions of world-famous literary works are also conducted by the library, faeturing gems like Spencer Johnson’s ‘Who Moved My Cheese’, the Malayalam translation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s epic ‘Crime and Punishment’.
“As part of the library awarness programme for students, we had planned a survey among the students in the area. From the data garnered, we will arrange particular book reviews to suit the needs and tastes of children. To make the library more appealing to the children, we also conduct special sessions where popular movies are assessed,” he added.