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State library to be child-friendly too

Colourful ambience: The proposed design for the ‘children’s section’ in the modern State Library Complex coming up at Kotturpuram. —

Colourful ambience: The proposed design for the ‘children’s section’ in the modern State Library Complex coming up at Kotturpuram. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: Special Arrangement.

Meera Srinivasan

It will also have a dedicated section for persons with visual impairment

CHENNAI: Children seem to have quite a lot to look forward to in the modern State Library Complex coming up in Kotturpuram.

Besides the interesting range of children’s books that will find place in the exclusive ‘Children’s section’, the space itself will be made very exciting and child-friendly.

“We are planning to keep well-designed wooden racks for children so that there is no danger of sharp edges. Moreover, all the books will be well within the reach of children so that they can browse the shelves independently,” School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu told The Hindu on Thursday.

The space would sport a lot of colour, and have interesting charts and images on wall. “We have been brainstorming with experts on the designs and images on walls. We have decided to use images that are relevant to our context and close to a child’s world,” he said. One of the proposed designs has an artificial tree placed in the centre, to create an ambience similar to sitting under a tree and reading at leisure. The furniture and other paraphernalia in the section will also be made exciting for the children.

The committee of experts constituted earlier this year to look into the kind of books that have to be procured has also been talking to publishing houses such as Tulika, which specialise in children’s literature, to decide on what books should be made available for the children.

The School Education Department has also made changes in the library hour, particularly in rural schools. “Instead of making the children sit in their classroom and read, we thought it would be interesting for them to go to the libraries that have come up as part of the Anna Marumalarchi Thittam. So during the library hour, children will be taken there and allowed to read from this academic year.”

Besides children’s section, the library will also have a dedicated section for persons with visual impairment. “The building will be disabled-friendly, and we will have a separate section with books in Braille,” a senior official of Directorate of Public Libraries said. On request from persons with visual impairment, any book available in the library would be translated into Braille free of cost and kept for reference. An audio books section will also find place in this section, officials said.

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