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Library Media Programme 2008-’09

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Proposed dates of activities for the year 2008-‘09



Proposed dates



International Children’s Book Day

02 April

Exhibition, Book reviews,Discussions


World Book Day

23 April

Exhibitions,Literary competitions,Meet the author programmes


Inauguration of Reader’s Club

23 April

Beginning of Reader’s Club activities for the session


Reader’s Club activities

Whole academic year

Seminars, Exhibitions, displays,competitions,

Meet the Author,Book discussions


Independence Day

11-16 Aug 2008

Exhibition of books on freedom struggle


Book Fairs

03 times in a year

By external agencies


Teacher’s Day

01-06 Sept


Exhibition of books on or by Dr.S.Radhakrishnan


Hindi Fortnight

15-22 Sept. 2008

Exhibition of important Hindi books in the library & competitions


Gandhi Jayanthi

29 Sept-04 Oct.2008

Exhibition of books on or by mahatma Gandhi and Non violence



20-25 Oct.


Exhibition of books on United Nations and other International organisations


Children’s Day

10-15 Nov.2008

Exhibition of books on or by

Jawaharlal Nehru



National library week

14-20 Nov.


-Exhibition of rare books in the library


  1. Book review
  2. Designing book jackets
  3. Story telling
  4. Book reading
  5. Literary quiz
  6. Designing Bookmarks
  7. Assembly programmes
  8. Find the book
  9. Library cultural programmes, etc


Indira Gandhi’s Birthday

19-22 Nov. 2008

Exhibition of books on Indira Gandhi and other Indian Prime Ministers


Army Flag Day

03-10 Dec.


Exhibition of books on Indian Army and warfare



Republic Day

23-29 Jan.


Exhibition of books on India

(Society and constitution)


Martyr’s Day

26-31 Jan


Exhibition of books on or by freedom fighters


Kerala State Reading Week

05-11 Jan


Book reading competitions


Other important days/events

Exhibitions/displays and other programmes


Know your Library Programmes

Once in a month

Tour to the library to understand its resources and activities


Screening of VCDs

Once in a month

Screening of Educational and issue based VCDs for children


Workshops and orientation programmes

Once in a year

For other School Librarians

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Cyber Quest


1. The last time Microsoft did this to Windows XP was on August 20, 2004 and it will do it again tomorrow i.e. April 29. What?

2. According to Market research firm Millward Brown Optimor’s latest world’s ranking of most powerful brands, as measured by their dollar value, which cyber-giant leads the pack with $86 billion?

3. Who is working on mobile platforms called Puma and Shrike (combining CPU and GPU)?

4. What is the ‘Spark Your Imagination’ initiative announced recently?

5. Apart from Chinese, in which other two Asian languages is the MacOS X available?

6. Where was Web 2.0 Expo, the ’global annual gathering of technical, design, marketing, and business professionals who are building the next generation web’, held recently?

7. Apart from its computers, name the three of its consumer devices for which Apple produces customised versions of OS X.

8. According to a recent study, how many hours of video is nowadays being loaded onto YouTube every minute: 6, 8 or 10?

9. According to its publisher Electronic Arts, which strategic life-simulation computer game has sold more than 100 million copies (including expansion packs) in 22 languages and 60 countries since introduction in 2000?

10. Name the group that became the first to release a new single through the popular game ‘Rock Band’.


1. Service Pack distribution. The Windows XP SP3 will be available for download via the Web from that date.

2. Of course, Google!

3. AMD

4. It is Microsoft’s developer program for hobbyists and academics.

5. Korean and Japanese.

6. San Francisco.

7. The Apple TV, iPhone and iPod touch.

8. Eight

9. The Sims.

10. Motley Crue.

Courtesy:V.V.Ramanan,Business Line

Filed under: YW-Cyber Quiz

Young World Quiz (April 22, 2008)


1. How do we better know Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, the current FIFA World Player of the Year, celebrating his birthday today i.e. April 22?

2. April 22 is observed by environmentalists as.?

3. In which European country would you be if you sailed down the Ebro?

4. Which is the largest living primate?

5. Which five-lettered word, identified with a genre of book, is originally derived from the Latin meaning “new”?

6. According to experts, what unique distinction does the Van Gogh painting `The Red Vineyard’ hold as regards his career?

7. What name connects the gang of criminals who constantly try to rob Scrooge McDuck and Charles Schulz’s Snoopy?

8. In which African country is most of the Kalahari Desert?

9. What would one do with an `ugli’?

10. In terms of area, which is the largest country with only one time zone?

11. In the Bible, who was the eldest grandson of Adam through Cain?

12. What was the nationality of J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan?

13. In which school is Tom Brown’s Schooldays set?

14. What does a conchologist study?

15. In which country would you be if the capital was Sarajevo?


1. Kaka;

2. Earth Day

3. Spain;

4. Eastern Gorilla

5. Novel;

6. It’s considered the only piece sold by the artist while he was alive;

7. Beagle;

8. Botswana

9. Eat it. It’s a type of citrus fruit

10. China

11. Enoch

12. Scottish

13. Rugby School

14. Shells of molluscs

15. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Courtesy:V.V.Ramanan,The Hindu

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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

American Children

Published: April 6, 2008
New York Times

Quaint and antique, the cry for love of country that Sir Walter Scott made in his poem “The Lay of the Last Minstrel” is something schoolchildren quit memorizing a century ago. Its stirring theme rouses a patriot’s yearning: “Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, / Who never to himself hath said, / This is my own, my native land!”

It’s easy to forget, given the sensitivities that have been awakened in this country since 9/11, thrusting lifelong citizens under suspicion for having foreign-sounding names and subjecting visitors to the indignity of being fingerprinted, that America was conceived in a spirit of openness, as a land where people could build new identities, grounded in the present and the future, not the past. This dream, despite current fears, has in great part been made real. And the fact that America is still a place where the rest of the world comes to reinvent itself — accepting with excitement and anxiety the necessity of leaving behind the constrictions and comforts of distant customs — is the underlying theme of Jhumpa Lahiri’s sensitive new collection of stories, “Unaccustomed Earth.” Here, as in her first collection, “Interpreter of Maladies,” and her novel, “The Namesake,” Lahiri, who is of Bengali descent but was born in London, raised in Rhode Island and today makes her home in Brooklyn, shows that the place to which you feel the strongest attachment isn’t necessarily the country you’re tied to by blood or birth: it’s the place that allows you to become yourself. This place, she quietly indicates, may not lie on any map.

The eight stories in this splendid volume expand upon Lahiri’s epigraph, a metaphysical passage from “The Custom-House,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, which suggests that transplanting people into new soil makes them hardier and more flourishing. Human fortunes may be improved, Hawthorne argues, if men and women “strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.” It’s an apt, rich metaphor for the transformations Lahiri oversees in these pages, in which two generations of Bengali immigrants to America — the newcomers and their hyphenated children — struggle to build normal, secure lives. But Lahiri does not so much accept Hawthorne’s notion as test it. Is it true that transplanting strengthens the plant? Or can such experiments produce mixed outcomes?

As her characters mature in their new environments, they carry with them the potential for upheaval. Geography is no guarantee of security. Lahiri shows that people may be felled at any time by swift jabs of chance, wherever they happen to live. Uncontrollable events may assail them — accidents of fate, health or weather. More often, they suffer less dramatic reversals: failed love affairs, alcoholism, even simple passivity — the sort of troubles that seem avoidable to everyone except the person who succumbs to them. Like Laura, the well-meaning narrator of “Brief Encounter,” the men and women of Lahiri’s stories often find themselves overwhelmed by unexpected passions. They share her refrain: “I didn’t think such violent things could happen to ordinary people.” Again and again, the reader is caught off-guard by the accesses of emotion and experience that waylay Lahiri’s characters, despite their peregrinations, their precautions, their concealments.

Each of the five stories in the book’s first section is self-contained. In “Hell-Heaven,” the assimilated Bengali-American narrator considers how little thought she once gave to her mother’s sacrifices as she reconstructs the tormenting, unrequited passion her young mother had for a graduate student during the narrator’s childhood. In “Only Goodness,” an older sister learns a sharp lesson about the limits of her responsibility to a self-destructive younger brother. “A Choice of Accommodations” shows a shift in power dynamics between a Bengali-American husband and his workaholic Anglo wife during a weekend away from their kids — at the wedding of the husband’s prep-school crush. And the American graduate student at the center of “Nobody’s Business” pines for his Bengali-American roommate, a graduate-school dropout who entertains no romantic feelings for him, spurns the polite advances of “prospective grooms” from the global Bengali singles circuit and considers herself engaged to a selfish, foul-tempered Egyptian historian.

In the title story, Ruma, a Bengali-American lawyer, repeats her mother’s life pattern when she gives up her job and follows her husband to a distant city as they await the birth of their second child. “Growing up, her mother’s example — moving to a foreign place for the sake of marriage, caring exclusively for children and a household — had served as a warning, a path to avoid. Yet this was Ruma’s life now.” The nurturing force field of pregnancy shields Ruma from the sting this reflection might be expected to provoke, but it doesn’t protect her widowed father. When he visits her in Seattle from his condo in Pennsylvania, he asks her a very American question: “Will this make you happy?” Urging Ruma not to isolate herself, to look for work, he reminds her that “self-reliance is important.” Thinking back on his wife’s unhappiness in the early years of their marriage, he realizes that “he had always assumed Ruma’s life would be different.” But if his daughter chooses a life in Seattle that she could have led in Calcutta, who’s to say this isn’t evidence of another kind of freedom?

Ruma is struck by how much her father “resembled an American in his old age. With his gray hair and fair skin he could have been practically from anywhere.” Seeing his daughter, Ruma’s father has the opposite reaction: “She now resembled his wife so strongly that he could not bear to look at her directly.” Ruma’s identity, Lahiri suggests, is affected less by her coordinates on the globe than by the internal indices of her will. She is a creature of the American soil, but she carries her own emotional bearings within her. What are the real possibilities for change attached to a move? Lahiri seems to ask. What are the limits?

While tending Ruma’s neglected garden, her father shows his grandson how to sow seeds. The boy digs holes, but plants Legos in them, along with a plastic dinosaur and a wooden block with a star. Emblems of the international, the prehistoric and the celestial, they are buried in one garden plot, auguries of an ideal future, a utopia that could be anywhere or nowhere. How can it grow?

Lahiri’s final three stories, grouped together as “Hema and Kaushik,” explore the overlapping histories of the title characters, a girl and boy from two Bengali immigrant families, set during significant moments of their lives. “Once in a Lifetime” begins in 1974, the year Kaushik Choudhuri and his parents leave Cambridge and return to India. Seven years later, when the Choudhuris return to Massachusetts, Hema’s parents are perplexed to find that “Bombay had made them more American than Cambridge had.” The next story, “Year’s End,” visits Kaushik during his senior year at Swarthmore as he wrestles with the news of his father’s remarriage and meets his father’s new wife and stepdaughters. The final story, “Going Ashore,” begins with Hema, now a Latin professor at Wellesley, spending a few months in Rome before entering into an arranged marriage with a parent-approved Hindu Punjabi man named Navin. Hema likes Navin’s traditionalism and respect: “It touched her to be treated, at 37, like a teenaged girl.” The couple plan to settle in Massachusetts. But in Rome, Hema runs across Kaushik, now a world-roving war photographer. “As a photographer, his origins were irrelevant,” Kaushik thinks. But how irrelevant are Kaushik’s origins — to Hema and to himself? And which suitor will Hema choose? The romantic who has no home outside of memory? Or the realist who wants to make a home where his wife chooses to live?

Except for their names, “Hema and Kaushik” could evoke any American’s ’70s childhood, any American’s bittersweet acceptance of the compromises of adulthood. The generational conflicts Lahiri depicts cut across national lines; the waves of admiration, competition and criticism that flow between the two families could occur between Smiths and Taylors in any suburban town; and the fight for connection and control between Hema and Kaushik — as children and as adults — replays the tussle that has gone on ever since men and women lived in caves.

Lahiri handles her characters without leaving any fingerprints. She allows them to grow as if unguided, as if she were accompanying them rather than training them through the espalier of her narration. Reading her stories is like watching time-lapse nature videos of different plants, each with its own inherent growth cycle, breaking through the soil, spreading into bloom or collapsing back to earth.

Courtesy:The New York Times

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JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte


Charlotte Bronte

“Jane Eyre” is a well-turned tale spun exquisitely by Charlotte Bronte. This work of fiction is all about a young girl, Jane Eyre who is an orphan and who had the misfortune to spend some part of her life with her spiteful benefactress. The story continues with her finding a new life at a charity school, Lowood. Helen Burns, Jane’s friend at school, who has a divine nature, helps Jane get on with her hardships by making her believe that ‘she will be judged on her true inner goodness alone when she dies’.

After some years, Jane finds herself working as a governess at a distant house. It is a turning point in her life when she falls in love with Mr. Rochester there. At this juncture, one feels that this is where the real story began as the plot is entirely different from where we started. At long last, after disastrous as well as pleasant incidents in Jane’s life the novel ends with a happy note.

I was enraptured by the seemingly simple yet suspense-filled nature of the book. Not a moment passed when I was not reading each word with bated breath. I feel that Charlotte Bronte, who first published “Jane Eyre” under the pseudonym Currer Bell, is one of the best woman authors ever. It is a treasured book for all who have at least once tasted the consummate skill of Charlotte Bronte.

Reviewed by

Salini Johnson

Class: X-A

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Winners of Library Competitions

World Book and Copyright Day Celebrations, 2008

(21-26 April, 2008)

Literary Quiz Competition

Shift-I (21st April 2008)




Name of the student

Class & Div.


Class VI-VII


Neema K.Saji




Kavitha A.F.




Malavika R.J




Aparna M.Thampi





Thushara A.R.




John Abraham S




Sujith Verghese Mathew


Book Reniew Competition

Shift-I (22nd April, 2008)




Name of the student

Class & Div.




Mahima Unnikrishnan




Neema K. Saji




Vishnu Mohan




Parvathy H.L.





Anita Nair




Aparna R.




Nija Reddy


Jury Members

  1. Smt.L.Jayalekshmi, TGT(Eng)
  2. Smt. V.Reshmi, TGT(Eng)

Literary Quiz Competition

Shift-II (19th April 2008)



Name of the student

Class & Div.



Aswin Narendran



Feroze M.B.



Neeraj R




Muhammed T K.B.



Hemant S.



Anantha Padmanabhan




Jai Krishnan



Rohn Verghese Sam





Book Reniew Competition

Shift-I (21st April, 2008)




Name of the student

Class & Div.


Class VI-VII


Shivani A Nair




Sreelakshmi M




Rosmin Joseph





Akhila V.




Subrahmani R




Kousthab Narayan


Jury Members

  1. Smt.Suja Nair, PGT(Eng)
  2. Smt. Nisha Krishnankutty,TGT(Eng)

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How to Celebrate Earth Day

How to Celebrate Earth Day

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit

The celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd began in the United States in 1970 and was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson, who had long pondered about finding a way to “put the environment into the political ‘limelight’ once and for all” (his words). There are actually two Earth Day celebrations (the other one is held in March on the equinox, see “Tips”) but this article focuses on the April 22 Earth Day, which is now celebrated in most countries of the world. Earth Day is a perfect time to reflect about what you are doing to help protect the environment. There are many ways that you can celebrate alone and with others.


  1. Plant trees. As the date also roughly coincides with US Arbor Day, over time Earth Day has taken on the role of tree-planting. Planting trees helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean pollution, secure soil in place to prevent erosion, and provide homes for a lot of biodiversity.
  2. Make nature crafts at school or home. Get together with your family and build a birdhouse or make a birdfeeder to encourage the local bird population, which plays an important role in every ecosystem. Use objects that would’ve otherwise been thrown away to create beautiful works of art…Here, the possibilities are endless:
  3. Learn more about the environment. Earth Day is a good time to make a commitment to learning more about the environment and how you can help to protect it. Borrow some library books and read up on an issue such as pollution, endangered species, water shortages, recycling, and climate change. Or, learn about a region you’ve never considered before, like the Arctic, the deserts, or the rainforests. Think about the issues that concern you the most and if you haven’t done so already, join a local group that undertakes activities to help protect the environment in your area.
  4. Reduce, reuse and recycle all day long. Buy as little as possible and avoid items that come in lots of packaging. Support local growers and producers of food and products – these don’t have to travel as far and so reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Take your drink container with you, and don’t use any disposable plates or cutlery. Recycle all the things you do use for the day or find other uses for things that you no longer use. Carry a cloth bag for carrying things in and recycle your plastic bags.
  5. Get children to recycle their old toys and games. By giving their old toys and games to younger children who could make use of them, older children learn two lessons: One is about giving to others and the second is about reusing and recycling instead of throwing things away. Adults can also do this with clothes, electrical items, books and more. Learn about product exchange communities like Freecycle and other alternatives.
  6. Rid Litter Rid litter from our roadways. Many groups use the weekend of Earth Day to clear roadways, highways and neighborhood streets of litter that has accumulated since the last clean-up day. Many companies donate gloves and bags for clean-up groups and villages organize bag pick ups. Once the group has collected the trash and placed the recycled bags along the road, get the village public works department to pick the bags up. It’s a wonderful community project. Great for scout troops, rotary clubs and the like.
  7. Sing or listen to “Earth” songs. There are many Earth Day song lyrics available on the internet. Many follow well-known tunes. These make a fantastic classroom activity and help younger children to become interested in environmental topics. For listening, even iTunes has songs about the Earth for downloading: try searching for words such as “planet”, “Earth”, “endangered”, “pollution” etc.
  8. Hold an Earth Day fair. Maybe your school, your street, your local neighborhood is interested in getting together to have an environmental fair. Things to have at the fair include demonstrations of environmentally-friendly products, children’s artwork, healthy/locally grown foods to eat, animal care demonstrations (including wildlife rescue), games for the children made of recycled products, musicians and actors performing environmental music and skits, stalls which are recycling unwanted treasures and books, local environmental organisations presenting their issues and wares. Money raised can go towards a local environmental restoration project or to an environmental group agreed upon by all the participants running the fair.
  9. Teach others about the environment. Teachers, professionals, students, in fact anyone who cares about the environment and is willing to teach others, can all provide environmental lessons for others. Most schools already celebrate Earth Day in the classrooms with activities but there are many other ways you can teach about the environment. For example, give a speech at your local library on how to compost with worms; take a group of children down to the recycling center to show them how things are recycled; recite nature poems in the park; offer to teach your office colleagues how to make environmentally-friendly choices at work during one lunch hour. Everyone has environmental knowledge they can share with others.
  10. Wear green and/or brown. Dress in environmental colors for the day; think “tree”! Wear badges if you have them that carry pithy summaries of your environmental views.
  11. Engage others in conversations about your environmental concerns. Don’t be bossy or pushy, just tell people some facts and then explain your feelings about them. Encourage them to respond and if they have no opinions or they seem to not know much, help them learn some more by imparting your environmental knowledge in a friendly and helpful manner.
  12. Cook a special Earth Day meal. Plan a menu that uses locally produced foods, is healthy and has minimal impact on the environment. Favour vegetable and bean products, as these use less resources to grow than mass-farmed meat. If you still would like meat, look for locally produced, organic meat. Try and have organic food completely. Decorate the table with recycled decorations made by you and your friends.
  13. Consider buying a carbon offset to make up for the greenhouse gas emissions you create on the other 364 days of the year. Carbon offsets fund reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through projects such as wind farms, that displaces energy from fossil fuels.
  14. Remember: Every day is Earth Day. Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth Day and every day. Don’t restrict yourself to just one day a year; learn about how you can make a difference to environmental protection all the time. And put it into practice – every day!


  • The other Earth Day is celebrated usually on March 21, which is the equinox for spring in the Northern Hemisphere and for autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. This Earth Day is supported by the United Nations and the Japanese Peace Bell is rung at the New York United Nations to remind everyone of our place in the human family on our precious planet Earth. See International Earth Day Official Site for further information.
  • Simple things, such as asking young children to use less paper to dry their hands or asking work colleagues to turn the lights off when they leave the office at night are great “small starters” to encourage bigger changes. You don’t need to feel that you haven’t time to contribute; every little changed habit that benefits the environment adds up and you are setting a good example to others.
  • Use the internet for many more ideas. Earth Day is celebrated in many different ways. A really good way to find more information is to surf the internet and look at what other people have done. There is so much there that it cannot be replicated here!


  • Cleaning up part of your local area can be a great way to celebrate Earth Day, but make sure all participants are properly attired or outfitted. Gloves are an absolute must and if you are collecting litter, sticks with prongs for picking it up are useful. Warn participants to be careful of sticking their fingers into dark places where biting animals might reside and to be careful of syringes and other dangerous items.

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What’s in a name? That which we call a rose


“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet meet and fall in love in Shakespeare’s lyrical tale of “star-cross’d” lovers. They are doomed from the start as members of two warring families. Here Juliet tells Romeo that a name is an artificial and meaningless convention, and that she loves the person who is called “Montague”, not the Montague name and not the Montague family. Romeo, out of his passion for Juliet, rejects his family name and vows, as Juliet asks, to “deny (his) father” and instead be “new baptized” as Juliet’s lover. This one short line encapsulates the central struggle and tragedy of the play.

William Shakespeare


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Library Quotes

***For every successful man there is a stolen book behind.
—Anonymous, Indian Proverb

***To read a book for the first time is to get an a new girl friend in a chat room; to read it for a second time is to chat with a boring boy. .
— Anonymous, Chinese saying

Francis BACON (1561-1626) says
***Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. .

Check our little Blady ready to practice..

***It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle.
– Sutton Elbert GRIGGS (1872-1930) .

Really, Stefan prepares for his war

***There’s nothing to match curling up with a good book when there’s a repair job to be done around the house.
—- Joe RYAN

***He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.
– Anonymous, Arabic Proverb

*** A book may be compared to your neighbor; if it be good, it cannot last too long; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early.
– Henry Brooke

*** Book lovers never go to bed alone.
– Unknown

***There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
– Rex Stout

*** Seventy million books in America’s libraries, but the one you want to read is always out.
– Tom Masson

*** Knowledge is free at the library. Just bring your own container.
– Unknown

*** Book — what they make a movie out of for television.
– Leonard Louis Levinson

*** On how many people’s libraries, as on bottles from the drugstore, one might write: “For external use only.”
– Unknown

Quotes About Borrowing Books

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other people have lent me. – Anatole France

Borrowers of books — those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes. – Charles Lamb

Hard-covered books break up friendships. You loan a hard covered book to a friend and when he doesn’t return it you get mad at him. It makes you mean and petty. But twenty-five cent books are different. – John Steinbeck

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World Book and Copyright Day – April 23

The Library Celabrates World Book and Copyright Day

on April 23, 2008


  • Inauguration of Reader’s Club in the Library at 11.30 a.m. by
    Mrs.Lalitha Lenin,well known Malayalam poet, story writer and Former Reader, DLIS, University of Kerala.
  • Book review competition on 22 April 2008,Venue:the library
  • Quiz competition on 22 April 2008, venue; the library
  • Exhibition of books on or by William Shakespeare(21-25  April, 2008)
Meet the Author

Smt. Lalitha Lenin


She was born on July 17, 1946 at Thrithalloor, Thrissur district. Her parents were Kadavil Kunjumama and Kareepadathu Chakkikkutty. She is married to Mr. K.M. Lenin who is also a writer and columnist dealing with international affairs. Her son Mr. Anil Lale is a lawyer and is presently employed with Sony Entertainment Television (India) at Mumbai.

She has graduated in:

  • Chemistry in 1960, from the University of Kerala,
  • Education in 1967, from the University of Kerala and
  • Library Science in 1975 from the University of Kerala.

She got Dr. S.R. Ranganathan Gold Medal for securing first Rank in Master of Library Science Degree Examination from the University of Mysore in 1976. She joined as Assistant Librarian at Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur in 1977. In 1979, she became a Lecturer at Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kerala. From 1990 to 1995 she served as the Head of the Department. She retired as Reader from the Department on March 31, 2006.

Lalitha Lenin has been contributing poems, short-stories and articles to main-stream periodicals since 1971.

Poetry collections

  • Karingili (1976)
  • Karkidavaavu (1995)
  • Namukku Praarthikkaam (2000)
  • Kadal (poems for children) (2000)


  • Minnu (novel for children)

Television programmes

  • Lyrics for Mahabali, Thiruvananthapuram Doordarshan (1987).
  • Script for a documentary on Library Movement in Kerala, produced for Thiruvananthapuram Doordarshan(1988).
  • Stories for two television serials Oridathorikkal (1990) and Mookkuthiyum Manchadiyum (1998) in Thiruvananthapuram Doordarshan.
  • Presentation of the Television Programme Aksharam (16 episodes) in Thiruvananthapuram Doordarshan (1999).


  • Puthiya Vaayana, a book on reading for women.


  • Public Library Sevanam (2006) (Tr. of Public Library Service: IFLA/UNESCO Guidelines for Development, Munchen: K.G.Saur, 2001)
  • Bhoodaivangal (Tr. of The Earth Gods) in the Malayalam translation of Works of Kahlil Gibran. Kottayam, DC Books, 2002


She has 12 papers in the discipline of Library and Information Science to her credit


Minnu was awarded the Kerala Sahitya Award for children’s literature in 1994. She is also a recipient of the Abudhabi Shakti Award for poetry in 1996 and the Moolur Award for poetry in 2001.


For more details contact your Librarian

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CBSE Toll Free Tele/Online Helpline

Students can call 1800 11 8004 from any part of the country. The operators will answer general queries and also connect them to the counselors for psychological counseling. The helpline will be operational from 08 a.m to 10 p.m. On-line counseling on:

Population Stabilization in India Toll Free Helpline

Dial 1800-11-6555 for expert advice on reproductive, maternal and child health; adolescent and sexual health; and family planning.

Kendriya Vidyalaya (Shift-I)
Thiruvananthapuram-695 004
Kerala India

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