The American Library's travelling exhibition concludes today
The American Library's Travelling Exhibition is camping in Coimbatore from Tuesday till September 22, as part of the institution's efforts to familiarise its resources to people of South India.
Inaugurating the exhibition at Nirmala College here, Dr. Ann Mary Fernandez, Registrar of Karunya University, said, “Technological advancements have made books available at our doorstep and had made them more accessible. Efforts like this promoted literary pursuits and encouraged reading habit among students.”
Mrs. Ann urged the students to make reading a habit. Reading enhanced their personality and helped to develop their character, she said.
The travelling exhibition is aimed at providing information on resources and services offered by the American Library. Books on politics, policies, governance, history, culture and international relations of the U.S are on display.
The exhibition also has poster presentations on topics such as ‘Green Innovation', based on the growing US-India partnership, and ‘Singing the World', featuring selected African-American Writers. Information on writers such as James Alan McPherson, Maya Angelou, Ntozake Shange, Gloria Naylor and excerpts from their works have been included. Corinna C. Ybarra Arnold, Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, said the travelling exhibition aimed to showcase the resources of the library to the people of South India. An aim of the library, under the Public Affairs Section of United States Embassy and Consulates, was also to further the understanding about the US's relationship with other nations. The library housed more than 14,000 books apart from magazines, journals and U.S. government publications, she said. Rev. Sister Savariammal, Principal, Nirmala College, said the outreach programmes and other activities by the American Library would prove helpful to the students. Amaly Antony Jeya, Dean, Student Affairs, Nirmala College, also spoke. A movie ‘In pursuit of Happiness' was screened, which was followed by a web chat session on student visas. The library membership is also open to individuals and institutions outside Chennai. The membership fee for individuals for a year is Rs.400, Rs. 2,000 for non-profit institutions and Rs. 4,000 for other institutions.