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A library for children

The library, established primarily for the children at the orphanage, is open to outsiders too. Photo: Special Arrangement  

It is an extremely sunny day.

A boy at this orphanage is sulking, as he cannot go out and play. He walks down a corridor, not knowing that it leads to the newly-constructed library on the premises of Udhavum Ullangal, an orphanage in Nanganallur.

As he enters the library, the boy is thrilled at the sight of books, which are arranged in four racks. And there are cosy chairs.

Spread across 650 sq. feet, the library is an initiative by Amway Opportunity Foundation (AFO), an NGO that operates as a wing of Amway India.

The organisation set up this library as part of its corporate social responsibility programme.

It was inaugurated by Yoganand S., Area Manager- Tamil Nadu, Amway India, on April 25.

There are over 1,000 books and most of them are for children aged between 6 and 16 years. It caters to the 300 inmates of the orphanage and is also open to outsiders.

The collection, includes a great number of colourful cartoon books, fiction, non fiction, history and science books. There are books that would be appreciated by grownups too.

In addition to the library, the centre offers a browsing facility for children that is open during library hours.“The initiative is aimed at instilling a love for books and reading in children,,” says Sameer Bajaj, head, Corporate Communication and CSR, Amway India.

“Though English books are present, the majority of the books are in Tamil. To attract children, we have stacked books that contain colourful images and are written using simple language,” says Bajaj. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For details, call 22672236/22673338.


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