Koothattukulam: Do you have books and children's magazines that you don't need? The Government UP School at Koothattukulam needs them.
The school authorities have set up a 'Pusthakathottil' (book cradle) at the school entrance to collect books. The Pusthakathottil is set up on the lines of Ammathottil (child cradle), an initiative by the government that provides care for abandoned children.
Anybody can drop books and children's publications at the Pusthakathottil. The books will be a great help for children who can't afford them.
A reading room has also been set up under the almond tree at the school premises, where students, parents and village residents can read the books. The library will also serve as a birth anniversary memorial of school's well-known former student, playwright CJ Thomas.
If excess books are collected, they will be presented to anganwadis, other libraries, or class libraries. The district secretary of the Library Council MR Surendran inaugurated the Pusthakathottil on November 2.
PTA president Jomon Kuriakose presided over the function. Municipality vice-chairperson Omana Baby, Education Permanent Council president CN Prabhakumar, PC Jose, AS Rajan, MM Ashokan, Linu Mathew, Jibi Sabu, AEO CP Shashidharan, Shaila Cyriak, headmistress R Valtsaladevi, Manorama Nallapadam coordinator CH Jayasree, CP Rajashekharan, D Shubhalan, KM Jayan, N Manoh, and Nina Thomas spoke.
There are separate libraries for classrooms in the school and students have collected 3700 books through their book awareness initiatives, Apart from these, there is a public library too in the school.
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