Special Correspondent

THURAIYUR: A large number of rural women participated in the various competitions organised to bring out their latent talents as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations held here recently.

The celebrations were organised by the Readers’ Circle of the Government Library at Thuraiyur and the Rotary Club of Thuraiyur. The competitions included aptitude test, elocution and individual skills, besides indoor games.

The highlight of the function was the enrolment of five women – O. N. Shantha, a local social worker; Chandrika, correspondent of Raghavendra Matriculation School; Dr. Indirani of Rasi Hospital, Manonmani, Headmistress of Shobanapuram Government High School, Vedanayaki, a school student - as patrons of the library. Presiding over the function, District Library Officer A. P. Sivakumar underlined the importance of library movement. He appealed to women to take maximum advantage of the library and motivate their friends and relatives to develop the habit of reading books. ‘Good books shape the character of every citizen”, he added.

Mr. Sivakumar explained the steps initiated by his department to inculcate reading habit and attract people to the libraries.

He commended the role of Readers’ Circle of the Library in motivating the masses. Encouraged by the library’s achievement, the State Government had sanctioned it two computers, Mr. Sivakumar added.

Assistant Branch Manager, Life Insurance Corporation of India, S. Vijaya appealed to women to develop leadership qualities. Women had a greater role and responsibility in moulding future citizens.

Librarian P. Balasundaram said that the library had 108 patrons.