Bangalore , India (PressExposure) November 07, 2013 -- Hippocampus - a library and experience centre for children - is celebrating National Library Week with a two-week nationwide festival from 14th November till 29th November 2013.
Participation in the festival is open to schools across India. The festival is an effort by Hippocampus to draw attention to the National Library Week as a way to promote the joy of reading among children by bringing their school libraries into the spotlight.
Established by the Indian Library Association, November 14th-20th has been set aside as a time to appreciate libraries and honour their importance. This year, Hippocampus will be extending the celebration till 29th November.
Throughout the two weeks Hippocampus will be engaging the participating schools by bringing authors, illustrators and storytellers to classrooms and also holding national reading contests. It will also provide schools with interesting and exciting ideas on how to get their students and teachers to celebrate their libraries.
As a part of the Hippocampus National Library Week celebration, participating schools can look forward to some exciting contests and literary events such as:
- Special Experiences - Special Experiences include author/illustrator visits, storytelling sessions in schools in select cities across the country. Some of the visiting authors and illustrators include Rukhsana Khan - an award-winning author and storyteller from Pakistan who migrated to Canada, Anushka Ravishankar, Asha Nehemiah, Mala Kumar and other well-known names from the children's literary world.
- Book Cover Design Contest - As part of this activity, students get the opportunity to design a book cover for an unpublished story. The story will be published with the winning cover design. A copy of the book will be sent to the winning student, as well as his/her school library. Additionally, the winning student's school will receive books worth Rs 15,000 for the school library.
- Get Caught Reading Photo Contest - This activity is designed for school staff. The school staff will be asked to take photographs at their schools that relate to reading, and submit their favourites to our national contest. The winner will receive 40 amazing new books, along with over 75 book-based activities, for their school library.
Commenting on the reading habits of children and the National Library Week celebration, Mr. Umesh Malhotra - CEO, Hippocampus said, "Today the school children are more inclined towards electronic gadgets than books and we want to show them that reading can be fun."
On the importance and relevance of school libraries in today's educational landscape, Mr. Malhotra said, "A successful school library is at the heart of the school. It is an inviting space that not only provides the books necessary to support learning in the classroom but also encourages reading for joy amongst children. There are a lot of activities that can be designed around reading to create joy of reading at the school library level. We believe this is an amazing opportunity to generate excitement around school libraries."
The National Library Week celebrated by Hippocampus is being hosted in partnership with Goethe Institute/Max Mueller Bhavan, Delhi.