Dwarka: Women from various societies under the aegis of the Association of Neighbourhood Ladies Get-together (ANHLGT) are promoting reading habits in the people through the community library at Sector 23, Dwarka. The library was opened in 2018 at the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) community hall by the efforts of ANHLGT and the support of SDMC.
Now, the library has become one of the favourite spots for the people in Dwarka to spend their leisure time. Mostly the children and seniors are finding the place perfect for them to read books. It also offers some recreational activities like carrom, TT, ludo etc.
The library consists of hundreds of books donated by the people of Dwarka. Members of ANHLGT have appealed to the community for donating more and more books, to make the community connect with the library. Pramila Malik, Secretary of ANHLGT said, “We want that more people would use this place to learn more and to become friends of books. This is our effort to spread the message in the community of Dwarka to attract people and promote reading culture.”
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The library has been developed by the efforts of the community women of ANHLGT with the support of the people. Neeru Gupta, Joint Secretary of ANHLGT, said, “This is the first library in Dwarka developed with the support of the community in 2018. They donated some books and we started it. Now we need more books and that is only possible if the community comes forward. This is a public library and is completely dependent on such support. We are working voluntarily. I appeal to the residents not to sell old books and magazines but to donate to expand this library for them.”
The library has books on different fields and subjects. There are books of stories and academics for children too. Novels and literature are also there to sit and read. President of ANHLGT, Cicily Kudiyan conceived the idea of a community library and so it was supported by SDMC and the community and library were made. Kodian said that they were making efforts to increase the range of books especially the academic books for children.
The library is being looked after by the members of the ANHLGT. It remains open between 8 am to 6 pm. After the Covid-19 spread is in check in Delhi, the library is again gaining momentum and people have started coming to it again.
Treasurer of ANHLGT and a resident of Sector 23, Mini George said, “This is a place that could help people in recovering post-Covid trauma. The last two years were tough and in that such library could give quality time to the people of Dwarka. We are trying our best to bring it to its rhythm by meeting RWAs and talking to the people at our events and meeting. We want that the books and magazines which they sell could be sent to us to increase the number of books here. The library would be supported by the community for the community.”