Library-Social Connect

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‘Gift a Book and Get a Friend’ featured on the international journal ‘Focus on International Library and Information Work’ published by CILIP, UK

KV Pattom library’s popular social responsibility initiative ‘Gift a Book and Get a Friend’ has been featured in the international journal, Focus on International Library and Information Work, Vol.49, No.2, 2018, published by the International Library and Information Group (ILIG) of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), UK.

Focus articles are primarily intended to keep readers (who are professionals from a variety of different types of library and information services in over 60 countries) informed about what is going on in the international library and information world, to introduce new ideas and programmes, report on activities and experiences, etc., rather than be ‘academic treatises’.

On behalf of the Project Team, I thank Philip Segall, the Editor of Focus for supporting this small idea and showcase it on a global platform. Thanks to Premila Gamage, Librarian, Institute of Policy Studies, Sri Lanka for her inspiration and guidance.

Congrats and thanks to all Students, Teachers and Principals of KV Pattom who have been involving in this social connect initiative since 2013. Greatful to Neerada Mam and Ajayakumar Sir for being the pillars of this project. Let’s continue this journey to make everyone read and prosper through sharing of books and ideas.

S. L. Faisal, Coordinator

 

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Gift a Book and Get a Friend, Ed. 5, held at Govt. Model UPS Kumarapuram

The students of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom gifted books to the students of Govt Model Upper Primary School, Kumarapuram under a social responsibility initiative “Gift a Book and Get a Friend” on 12 December 2017. Shri S. Ajayakumar, Principal, KV Pattom, inaugurated the programme by handing over a set of books for the school library to Smt T. Sudharma, Senior Teacher, Govt. Model UPS Kumarapuram. Shri A. K. John, President, Parent Teachers’ Association presided over the function.


Gift a Book and Get a Friend’ is a collaborative social responsibility programme conceived under school’s social responsibility initiative, “Library-Social Connect”, launched in 2013. The title itself effectively summarizes why this initiative is being followed. Rather than giving a financial contribution or donation, the school plans a long-term relationship by forging friendships through the mutual love for books. In addition to helping children in schools that lack a well-stocked library to get access to the world of literature, the programme also sensitizes the Readers’ Club members to social reality beyond the school walls.

The first edition of the programme was held at Government Upper Primary School, Palkulangara on December 6, 2013. The programme is being organized every academic year with a new school. The schools so far covered are Government Upper Primary School, Ulloor (2014), Government Lower Primary School Pettah (2016), and Government High School Mannanthala (2017). More than 500 good quality new and used Malayalam and English books were collected form students and staff of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom. All students of the partnering school were presented with book packets and which also contains gifts like note books, sweets, writing materials, cards and toys.

To add colour to the occasion, the members of the Readers’ Club of KV Pattom and UPS Kumarapuram jointly presented a cultural session which includes presentation of songs, book reviews, poems, skits, quizzes and games. There was free and open interaction through mutual sharing of experiences that has helped the students of both schools to become more confident in confronting the social realities and develop compassion towards the needy. The connections made with the partnering school through the programme will be kept intact for future through more collaborative initiatives such as sharing of resources, teacher exchange programmes and redesigning or resource development of the school library.

Mr S. L. Faisal, KV Pattom Librarian & Coordinator proposed vote of thanks.

…and they connected through books, New Indian Express, 15 December 2017

‘Gift a Book & Get a Friend’, Ed. 5 to be held at Govt Model UPS Kumarapuram on 12 December 2017

The Fifth Edition of the popular social responsibility imitative of KV Pattom Library, Gift a Book & Get a Friend, will be held at Govt Model UPS Kumarapuram on 12 December 2017.

Students and staff members are invited to donate book (new and used) and register their names for the programme in the library on or before 8 December 2017.

GaB&GaF 2017: Album

Photo courtesy: Shravan, Harikrishnan P., Abhiram, Akash M. S.

GaB&GaF 2017: Sharing the joy of Books and Reading

The students of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom gifted books to the children of Govt High School Mannanthala under a library social initiative programme “Gift a Book and Get a Friend”, here today. Shri S. Ajayakumar, Principal, KV Pattom, inaugurated the programme by handing over a set of books for the school library to Shri Pradeep Kumar P., Head Master, Govt. H. S. Mannanthala. Smt Mercy Cherian, President, Parent Teachers’ Association presided over the function. Dr Ajithkumar, Member, VMC, KV Pattom, Shri Verghese, Member PTA and Smt Vijayakumari K., Senior Assistant, H S. Mannthala have offered felicitations.

“Gift a Book and Get a Friend” programme has been conceived as a ‘Library-Social Connect’ initiative to provide students with better opportunities to know about the society at large and other learning systems in particular and to make friendship through reading and books.
The students of KV Pattom gifted about 450 books to 103 children of the host school. They have also offered with writing materials, sweets, etc. The students of both school then presented songs, quiz, skit and poems to add colour to the occasion. The students together visited different corners of the school and interacted with teachers and other staff.

The programme was the fourth one in the series which was previously organized in Govt LPS Palkulangara, Govt. LPS Ulloor and Govt LPS Pettah. Mr S. L. Faisal, KV Pattom Librarian & Coordinator proposed vote of thanks.

‘Gift a Book & Get a Friend’, Edition 4, 2017

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“Gift a Book and Get a Friend” is conceived as a ‘Library-Social Connect’ initiative to provide students with better opportunities to know about the society at large and other learning systems in particular and to make friendship through reading and books.

The 4th Edition (2017) of the programme will be organized at Govt HS Mannanthala, Thiruvananthapuram on 10 January 2017.

You may register for the event and donate books at the Library on or before 9th January 2017.

‘Gift a Book and Get a Friend’, Ed.3 (2016)

The students of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom gifted books to the children of Govt L.P.S. Pettah under a library social initiative programme “Gift a Book and Get a Friend” 18 January 2016. Shri S. Ajayakumar, Principal, KV Pattom,  inaugurated the programme by handing over a set of books for the school library to Shri Kishore Kumar, Head Master, Govt. L. P.S. Petah. Shri Anil Kumar, Pettah Ward Councilor, Trivandrum Corporation and Shri Radhakrishnan, Programme Officer, Urban Resource Centre, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan offered felicitations.

The students of KV Pattom gifted about 450 books to 50 children of the host school who were coming from less privileged sectors of the society. They were also presented with sweets, writing materials, cards and toys. The members of the Readers’ Club then presented songs, dance, Quiz and poems to add colour to the occasion. The students together visited different corners of the school and interacted with teachers and other staff.

“Gift a Book and Get a Friend” is conceived as a ‘Library-Social Connect’ initiative to provide students with better opportunities to know about the society at large and other learning systems in particular and to make friendship through reading and books. The programme was organized in Govt LPS Palkulangara and Govt. LPS Ulloor in previous years. Mr S. L. Faisal, KV Pattom Librarian & Coordinator proposed vote of thanks.

Call to join the 3rd Edition (2015) of “Gift a Book and Get a Friend”

The 3rd edition (2015) of the popular social responsibility programme is officially announced. Students and staff members now can donate books (fiction/non fiction, suitable for children upto the age of 15) for the programme. The books collected will be presented to develop a library at a less privileged school in the city.

For more details visit the library or contact any of the office bearers of the Readers’ Club.

Gifting books, forging friendship that lasts long

 

Rather than giving a financial contribution or donation, KV, Pattom, plans a long-term relationship by forging friendships through the mutual love for books.

Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom, has built a vibrant reading culture among its students over the past few years and now the school is keen on spreading the same enthusiasm among schools that are not as privileged. On 30 October 2014, around 40 students of the KV Readers’ Club visited Government Upper Primary School, Ulloor, here and gifted a collection of 450 books under the Library Social Connect programme, launched last year.

‘Gift a Book, Get a Friend,’ the motto of the programme, effectively summarises why this initiative is being followed. Rather than giving a financial contribution or donation, KV, Pattom, plans a long-term relationship by forging friendships through the mutual love for books.

In addition to helping children in schools that lack a well-stocked library to get access to the world of literature, the programme also sensitises the Reading Club members to social reality beyond the school walls.

KV, Pattom, Principal S. Ajayakumar inaugurated the function on Thursday and presented the books to his Government UPS, Ulloor, counterpart V. Dharan.

Cultural programmes

After the function, the students of both schools got together to present skits, recite poems and sing songs. The KV students were then taken around the school grounds where they interacted with the students and staff of the Ulloor school.

Stationery items, sweets and toys were also given to the students of Ulloor school who number only 37 — just one of the many government schools in the State that is witnessing a decline in student strength.

Parent-Teacher Association president D. Prashobhithan, Mothers’ PTA president Sindhukumari and others were present.

Connecting through books: Members of the Readers’ Club, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom, with students of Government Upper Primary School, Ulloor.

Coordinator of the event and librarian of KV, Pattom, S.L. Faisal said that the readers’ club was planning to hold more such events in the coming months. Last year, they had gifted books to Government UPS, Palkulangara.

On Saturday, KV, Pattom, will observe National Library Week by organising the DEAR, Drop Everything And Read, programme when every single member of the school, as the name suggests, will abandon whatever they are preoccupied with and pick up a book or article to read.

Report courtesy: Kaavaya Pradeep Kumar, The Hindu

See also,

Finding Out the Joy of Giving, The New Indian Express, 31 October 2014

Gift a Book & Get a Friend 2014

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The popular Library-Social Connect Programme “Gift a Book and Get a Friend”, 2014 has been launched. Books as donations are invited from students and teachers. You may donate any book coming under children’s literature, comics, graphic novels, fiction, reference books (useful for secondary students) in good condition  to the Library. The name of the school, date and time will be announced shortly.

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