School students should be encouraged and motivated to read the books in the libraries for updating their knowledge on various subjects, said Collector A.Suganthi, here on Friday.

Presiding over the 42nd national library week celebrations organised at the district central library, the Collector said that libraries would help the students to improve their writing and oratory skill and pointed out that the officials and panchayat presidents should take special efforts to increase the number of readers to the libraries.

Ms. Suganthi said that good books were kept in the libraries built in all the village panchayats in the district under the Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam and wanted the teachers to bring the school students to the libraries under turn system to motivate them the habit of reading.

The Collector also inaugurated a book exhibition at the function and distributed prizes to the students who won in various competitions conducted in connection with the library week celebrations.

District panchayat president C.Muthusamy, Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers Kalaignargal Sangam district secretary Kavignar Rama.Ramanathan, District Library Officer P.Velammal and others spoke.