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    September 14, a day for libraries in Kerala.

    Today, 14th September is celebrated in Kerala as the Library Day. This particular day is chosen as a reminder of the day on which the Library movement was started in this part of the country, which was on 14th September, 1945. Of course, at that time the present Kerala State was not born. Hence it was limited to the Travencore state. However, in Malabar area (which was under the then Madras Government) another Library movement was working from 1937. After the formation of Kerala State in 1956, Kerala State Library movement was started, comprising all libraries in the State. In 1945 the then Council had only 47 libraries under its control. At present the number of libraries has become 8417.
    This movement helped improve the literacy level of this State. There are several major libraries coming under the category Public Library. Membership in several libraries exceed thousands. In addition to these libraries all the Universities and colleges have their own library set up, stocking different books from specialised fields.
    This year the Library Day is celebrated just hosting the flag in front of the Library. This was due to the flood and the losses due to it. More than 200 libraries got immersed in the flood water. Because of that about 25 lakh books are lost for ever. Total loss is roughly estimated as 12 crore s or more, which will include the costs of Library buildings, books, other things such as TV, Radio, projectors and furniture. Hence this years library day is being celebrated as Library renovation day.
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    I think, Kerala government should make up the loss of the libraries. Even a special request can be made to raise funds to rebuild the lost libraries in Kerala. Both Centre and State governments should provide funds for this purpose. I am sure, Kerala Libraries will return back to normalcy soon.
    No life without Sun

  • #648385
    Great information shared by the author. Kerala is considered the most literate state and naturally it has the treasure of books in the form of big libraries. But sorry to learn that many such important libraries were washed away and the books treasure they had gone missing. Nevertheless this should not deter the determination and commitment of Kerala people towards their literacy supreme and sooner or later they shall acquire much more newer books for the knowledge enrichment. And those contributed the books to the libraries may be having sources as to from where they bought and thus new libraries may be created.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #648396
    The author has shared a nice piece of information in this thread.

    Library is a source of not only knowledge but for many it is also a place which inspires their life in many ways. The atmosphere of library with so many books stacked around is itself very impressive and many people have started the learnings in their life from these libraries.

    I am telling this because during my student days I happened to be in a place where there was a very rich library containing books of writers of worldwide repute and even their translations in local languages. We were at that time not having any internet or mobile with us and were solely dependent on the information given in those books. We were immensely benefited by them and today whatever little we are able to contribute in the field of writing is all due to the knowledge gained from the books of that library.

    I wish my gratitudes for the people who have contributed for formation of libraries in different places in our country.

    Knowledge is power.

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