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“Gift a Book & Get a Friend”, Ed. 3, 2016: Programme Video

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“Gift a Book & Get a Friend”, Edition 3 (2016) to be held at Govt LPS Pettah, Trivandrum on 18 January 2016


The 3rd edition of the poplar social responsibility initiative of KV Pattom Library “Gift a Book & Get a Friend” will be held at Govt. L. P. S. Pettah, Thiruvananthapram on 18 January 2016. The students of KV Pattom will gift books to the students of Govt L. P. S. Pettah and spent a few hours with them.

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‘Gift a Book & Get a Friend’ :2014

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 Thursday, 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

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‘Gift a Book & Get a Friend’: KV Pattom students gifted books to Govt U. P. S. Palkulangara and got friends too.

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The students of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom gifted books to the children of Govt. U. P. S. Palkulangara and make them their friends, under the newly launched social responsibility initiative “Library-Social Connect”. The programme, “Gift a Book and Get a Friend” held on the other day6th December 2013, was aimed 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 session was formally inaugurated by S. Neerada, Principal, KV Pattom by presenting a set of books to V. Anil Kumar, Head Master, Govt. U. P. S. Palkulangara, followed by each student from KV Pattom gifting books to the children of the host school. They were also gifted with sweets, writing materials, cards and toys. The members of the Readers’ Club then presented stories, book reviews, poems and played instrumental music to add colour to the occasion. Gayathri, the author of the book ‘Marunnu purattanvendi murivundakkunnavar’, shared her experience on becoming a writer.  The students together visited different corners of the school and interacted with teachers and other staff.

The 450 gifted books will be added to the library collection of the school where only 50 students from unprivileged sections of the society are studying. The programme was also attended by Indu, PTA Secretary and Jagadambal, former Head Mistress.

The library is planning more programmes under the ‘Library-Social Connect’ initiative to take the students to the society at large, informed S. L. Faisal, KV Pattom Librarian and also the coordinator of the event.

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