AGASTYA’S LIBRARY AND READING PROGRAMME
Adhering to Agastya’s vision of Sparking Curiosity and Creativity among economically underprivileged children of India, we are in the process of establishing a library and reading programme at Agastya's campus at Kuppam. The programme intends to serve children and teachers from the surrounding villages. In order to make sure that the children have daily access to reading material, we are also setting up a pilot library programme in a selected number of our village community centres. Our libraries will provide a range of multi-lingual books, journals and audio-visual material mainly covering STEM topics and the humanities.
OUR VISION FOR THE LIBRARY PROJECT
Our vision is to create libraries, which would become laboratories of learning: where books, reading,exploration, information seeking, and creativity would be at the heart of day-to-day activities and would promote Agastya’s hands-on way of teaching.
# Instil the love of reading among our beneficiaries.
# Improve speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
# Spark creativity and encourage curiosity by providing interactive book displays and innovative hands-on book based activities.
# Introduce children to the ideas and concepts of science through well-illustrated stories and reference material.
# Provide a range of teacher resources and hands-on learning material.
# Develop an aptitude for information-seeking in students as well as teachers.
# Promote the knowledge of books and authors.
# Provide a dynamic platform for group discussions and debate.
# Structure, co-ordinate and organize sustainable library services.
# Use tools to measure impact of efforts – To collect and analyze process data and student assessment data.
# To document the efforts that go into setting up one library in order to, enable replication in other villages around Kuppam and across India, and to create a knowledge base and expertise for Agastya libraries.
IMPACT AND CAPACITY
• The Kuppam Campus Library will serve all school children that visit our campus - Class 1 to Class 10. It will also serve teachers and scholars. In total, the Library is expected to serve about 100 surrounding economically underprivileged villages –in a year. On a daily basis, approximately 300-500 children visit our Campus from rural schools, to participate in our hands-on Science learning activities. Approximately 50 of these children will participate in the Campus library programme on a daily basis, which translates into approximately 15,000 students per year.
• Capacity of the library is approximately 12000 books, of which we aim to have approximately 70% dedicated to children (Class 1 to 10).
• The pilot village community library programme will impact approximately 700 children across six villages.