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National Library Week 2017


  1. Quiz on Book & Authors (Class VI-IX): 16 Nov. 2017
  2. Essay Writing on the topic ” Reading and Social Media” (Class X-XII): 17 Nov. 2017
  3. Book Jacket Designing (Class VI-IX): 18 Nov. 2017

Exhibition of Malayalam Books :14-21 Nov. 2017


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Meet the Author: Venita Coelho, 21 Sept. 2017


Venita Coelho works with images, words and paint. She is writer who has worked in film, television and literature. She has nine published books to her credit. These include ‘Dead as a Dodo’ which won the Hindu Award for the best fiction for children 2016. ‘Washer of the Dead’ was long listed for the Frank O’Connor award. She is a screenwriter, and is currently working on a film for Raj Kumar Hirani productions. As an artist she works with charcoal and with acrylic paint on glass.

Venita Coelho lives in an old Portuguese house in Goa with four dogs and a cat. She is about to set off on a great adventure – having converted a Tempo traveller into a caravan, she and her daughter are off to travel across India.

Meet Ms Venita Coelho at KV Pattom Library on 21 September 2017 at 10.00 am.

Know more about Venita Coelho

Frankly Speaking with Venita Coelho

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‘Little Open Library’ inaugurated

Adv. V. K. Prasanth, Mayor, Thiruvananthapuram city Corporation inaugurated the “Little Open Library” (LOLib), an open, free and voluntary book exchange initiative at KV Pattom on Reading Day, 19 June 2017.

The prime objective of LOLib is to share one’s favourite books with the community. Anyone may take a book from the LOLib. But she or he has to leave a book in return, which may be taken by someone else. Students are inspired to exchange any number of good books in this Little Open Library. The project was conceived and implemented by Shri S. L. Faisal, Librarian, under the guidance of Shri S. Ajayakumar, Principal of the school.

In his speech, Adv. V. K. Prasanth urged students to wisely choose their reading materials and called the parents for becoming conscious about the adverse effects of visual media.

The Mayor also inaugurated the Reading Week Celebrations and the activities of various Clubs of the school. Shri S. Ajayakumar, Principal, welcomed the chief guest and Shri R. John, Senior Teacher proposed the vote of thanks. Dr. S. D. Rani, Vice Principal (Shift-II) and Smt S. Shyla, Head Mistress were also present.


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City Mayor to inaugurate National Reading Week (19-25, 2017) Celebrations and the ‘Little Open Library’

indexThe National Reading Week (19-25 June) Celebrations will be inaugurated by Adv.  V. K. Prasanth, Honourable Mayor, Thiruvananthapuram City Corporation on 19 June 2017 at 11.00 am.

The Mayor will formally inaugurate the ‘Little Open Library‘ (LOLib), an open, free and voluntary community book exchange initiative.

In connection with the National Reading Week , the library is conducting the following competitions. Interested students may register their names on or before 19 June 2017.

  1. Reading Day Quiz (Class VI-VIII), June 20, 2017; 3rd  Period in the Library
  2. Essay Writing (Class IX-XII),“Reading in the Digital Age”, June 21, 2017; 7th  Period in the Library.
  3. Story Telling (Class IV-V), June 20-21, 2017; Primary Section
  4. 50 Word Mini Story Writing (Digital), Open to Class VI-XII students & Staff (E-Mail your entries to OR SMS/WhatsApp to 9447699724, Last Date: 22 July 2017; 11pm)



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‘Little Open Library’ (LOLib) at KV Pattom



Little Open Library (LOLib) is an open, free and voluntary community book exchange initiative, launched by the Library of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom in 2017.

The prime objective of LOLib is to share one’s favourite books with the community.

Anyone may take a book from the LOLib. But she or he has to leave a book in return, which may be taken by someone. You are welcome to exchange any number of good books in this Little Open Library.

The LOLib will be open shortly at two locations in the school campus. One in the Secondary Block and the other one in the Primary Block.

All are welcome to donate books to fill the LOLib for making it ready for the inauguration.

For more details contact 9447699724/
(The project is inspired by the “Little Free Library” movement)


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Mega Book Fair (21-23 Nov. 2016)


In connection with the National Library Week 2016, the Library is organizing a mega Book Fair in collaboration with M/s Scholastic India Ltd. from 21 to 23 November 2016 at the Resource Room. The Fair will be open from 7 am to 6 pm. You will get a 10% discounts on all purchase. All credit/debit cards will also be accepted.



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National Library Week 2016



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Activities for Library Periods


Here is a list of activities intended for students of classes VI to X, to be conducted during the first half of their library period, once in two weeks. Students are free to choose their library activity.

S. No. Activity How?
1. Read Aloud Let students to read aloud a story or some paragraphs from a book when others listen. Ask simple but interesting questions based on the presentation.
2. Present a Book Review Students will present their short book reviews from their library notebooks. Let others to ask questions based on it.
3. Book Talk Start a discussion on a book / series of books with a group of students. Exchange views and comments. The talk will be about,( i) The title of the book (part/series) ii) author (other books) (iii) illustrator (iv) kind of book/story (adventure, mystery, fantasy, etc) (v) a brief outline of the story (not a narration) (vi) style of writing (descriptive, conversational, first person, etc)(vii) main characters, if any (viii)reading out one or two excepts (ix) suggested readership level and interest (x) personal response and why (xi) what made them borrow the book. Did anyone suggest it?, (xii) any other interesting features they noticed.
4. Library Scavenger Hunt

(Library Treasure Hunt)

This activity is for your students to better understand the library and to see all that it has to offer. Divide your students into several different groups in an effort to finish a library scavenger hunt first. Give each group a list of ten different items they need to find or list. Some examples of items on the scavenger hunt can be to “Introduce yourself to the librarians and list their names on this sheet,” “List three bound magazine titles and explain what bound magazines are” and “Locate and list a reference book that represents one of your interests”. The first team that answers all the questions correctly wins a prize. All the groups learn a lot more about the library than they knew before.

Clues lead from book to book, from section to section in a random way.

5. Vote your Favourite character Have a vote for your favorite character. Give small pieces of papers to all and tell them to write the name of their favourite character.
6. Cell Phone for your Book Character Create a cell phone for that person (character) with information about their contacts, text message conversations, missed calls, and applications.
7. Mystery Bag Uses paper bags to conceal book covers.  Students get a ‘mystery’ book that they can’t look at before checking it out.  After reading it they report back to the librarian on how they liked the book.  Kids will love the anticipation of getting something unknown to read.
8. Glad Book Sad Book Glad Book Sad Book teaches children how to treat library materials and reinforces how to properly care for books and how to behave in a library. Tape happy and sad faces to a cube the children will roll. Have the children take turns rolling the cube. If a student rolls a happy face, she should provide one example of a way to care for a library book or one way that a person should behave in the library. If the student rolls a sad face, he should give an example of a way to mistreat a library book or a way a person might behave poorly in a library. Create a game board with a finish line and advance each team’s token with every example of happy or sad books they provide, or just play until the time allowed has elapsed or students are out of examples.
9. Readers’ Theatre


This activity can help students become more excited about material in classic works of literature that are found in the library. Select several groups of students in a class or grade to put on a presentation of a scene or two from a work of fiction. The presentation can be funny, serious or a mix of both. Try to encourage students who would not normally participate by making it a competition of some kind with a big prize. The students do not have to memorize lines, they simply can sit in their chairs and read the book, but they can use their voices to make the material fun and interesting. This can encourage those watching the presentation to read more after seeing the words come to life. It may just encourage the groups gunning for the cash prize to read a book out loud in a ridiculous way. Either way, more students read as a result of the activity.
10. Book Buffet The activity gives students an opportunity to read genres that they never would have picked up by themselves. Place a different book on each desk in a classroom. Tell students that they will be reading the book for 5 to 8 minutes and then you will tell them to switch with someone else. These books should be of a great variety with many different types represented. At the end of the class, students should have switched 5 to 10 times. Ask them if there are any books they started that they would continue to read if they had the chance. If so, make sure those students get a copy of the books they enjoyed.
11. Story Time

(Story telling & Story reading)

Story time isn’t just for little kids, although it’s an excellent way to engage young students and introduce them to the pleasures of reading. For older students who can already read, consider making story time an “open mic” event. Have story hour once a month and have students sign up for five- or 10-minute slots in which they can tell or read an original story to younger students.  For older students, read out a continuing story or a novel each week.
12. News and Views This activity helps students to understand and analyze a news story from different viewpoints. Same news item covered by different newspapers will be read aloud and discussed.
13. G. K. Hunt Students will find prospective General Knowledge bits from the newspaper of the day. They shall be divided into groups and each group will scan one newspaper.
14. Headline Grabber Headlines from the newspaper will be collected and studied for their grammar, presentation and viewpoints.
15. Words of the Day Students will find difficult/new words from the newspaper. The meaning of the words will be written from the dictionary/thesaurus.
16. Quiz Time Questions may be prepared on books, authors, events, etc. Oral, written or visual rounds may be conducted.
17.    Story weaving Weave a story. Thread of the story may be given or only the first line. Students in groups can complete the story. The completed story will be presented at the end.
18. Journal Talk Like book talk, a journal/periodical in the library can be read and reviewed. Tell the students to collect information from 5-10 journals (name, publisher, place, theme, cost, frequency, language, style of writing, readership) and present it.
19. Find the Meaning Pocket dictionaries to find the meaning of given words quickly.
20. Know the Encyclopedia Let the students to note down one piece of information they really want to know. Librarian shows how to choose the right level of encyclopedia and also how to access the material. A discussion can be initiated about the kind of encyclopedia and how the entries are arranged.
21. Go places Groups of students are given with atlases. Ask them to select any place in the world they have heard about and would like to visit. They can be taught to go to the index, locate page number and coordinates. Let them to use left hand for ‘latitude’ and right hand for ‘longitude’ and make the fingers meet when they find the place. Supplement the activity with wall maps and globes.
22. Book Auction One set of children extols the virtues of the book they have read and enjoyed, to a younger group or to a set of their own class. They do this in the style of an auctioneer. No money transaction involved.
23. Design a Book Jacket Competition to design a jacket/dust cover for a selected book is conducted.
24. Design a Bookmark Competition to design bookmark based on a selected theme is conducted. Best bookmarks shall be awarded.
25. Create a Bibliography Give a topic and let them to search the library database and shelves.
26. Preparing Article Index Tell them first how to index an article. Periodicals/journals/newspapers are given to students find articles and index them.
27. Interview a Reader A good reader will be on the ‘hot seat’. Let others ask questions on anything related to his/her reading.
28. Making a map of the Library Students will draw map of the library in detail. Let them to suggest better designs.
29. Letter to your favourite author Let students to write short letters to their favourite authors. Best letters may be selected and send to the author if appropriate. Many authors like to reply to children.
30. Illustrations from story books Students will make illustrations for a selected story.
31. Making shelf guides and labels for the Library Helps to understand the library classification and shelf arrangement. Boost creativity.
32. Quick Searcher


Give a ready reference question and let students to search the answer with reference books or on internet.
33. Adopt a Shelf A group of students will adopt a shelf in the library. During library periods they will arrange the books properly and literally ‘look after’ the shelf. Their names shall be displayed on the shelf.

Compiled by S. L. Faisal, Librarian

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‘Meet the Author’ with Khyrunnisa A.

Ms Khyrunnisa A., Children’s Writer and Columnist interacted with the Readers’ Club members of KV Pattom during the ‘Meet the Author’ session organized in the Library on 21 January 2016.

Ms Khyrunnisa distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions. She also inaugurated a Two Day Book Fair organized in collaboration with M/s Scholastic Intl and TBS Publishers.


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‘Meet the Author’ with Khyrunnisa A. on 21 January 2016

Smt Khyrunnisa A., well known children’s writer and columnist will interact with the students of KV Pattom on 21 January 2016 at 7.00 am under the ‘Meet the Author’ series organized by the Library.

Smt. Khyrunnisa will inaugurate a two day book fair organized in the campus in collaboration with M/s Scholastic Intl and TBS Books, Trivandrum. She will also present certificates and prizes to winners of various literary competitions.

Khyrunnisa A with Works

Khyrunnisa A., prize-winning author of children’s fiction, loves reading, writing, arithmetic and children. She created the popular comic character Butterfingers for the children’s magazine, Tinkle and her Butterfingers stories appear in that magazine. The Butterfingers series of books, published by Penguin (Puffin), began in 2010 withHowzzat Butterfingers!, her first children’s novel. It was followed byGoal, Butterfingers! in 2012 and Clean Bowled, Butterfingers! in 2015. A book of her short stories, Lost in Ooty and Other Adventure Stories, was published by Unisun Publications in 2010.

Her stories appear in Tinkle, Dimdima and other children’s magazines and she freelances for other publications too. Some of her stories, for children and for adults, have been published in various anthologies by Penguin(Puffin), Children’s Book Trust and Unisun Publications.

She worked as Associate Professor of English at All Saints’ College, Trivandrum, and is now a full-time writer.

To know more, visit the author website:




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