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Reading that Matters

Reading matters, wherever you are. For the tribal community in Rajasthan’s Bali Block,  a vibrant school library has infused interest in reading and books, and made the school a happy place for children.

Ms Aanchal Mittal Parag Library 23 April 2019

Must we pick flowers?

‘My parents have been picking flowers their entire life. I hate picking flowers.’

The opening lines and the heap of pink flowers welcome you to no ordinary ‘flower picking’ but a metaphor for something rather stark – manual scavenging. 

Ms Proma Basu Roy Parag Reads 19 April 2019

For the impact of libraries!

किताबें झांकती हैं बंद अलमारी के शीशों से’, read Gulzar in one of his poems. As I re-read it, I wondered if these ‘band almaris’ had been open. If they had been open, has everyone consumed the pleasure of books before the almirahs closed? Will they be open forever?

Ms Ajaa Sharma Parag Nurtures 16 April 2019

एक दिन जब अमोस मक गी बीमार पड़े

इस किताब से मैं हाल ही में परिचित हुई और पढ़ते ही इसकी अपनी एक कॉपी की चाह मन में बन गई| कवरपेज देखकर ही पता चलता है की इस किताब को चित्रांकन के लिए एक अवार्ड भी मिला है और किताब देखकर ये स्पष्ट हो जाता है की क्यों मिला होगा|

Ms Ajaa Sharma Parag Reads 12 April 2019

‘Children Connect Easily to the Everyday in this Book’

Nani Chali Tahalne is a chain tale. It can also be called a repetitive tale. There is a chain of places which Nani visits with her grandson “Vanky”. Each time she visits a place she describes it with a new name based on her memory of that place. I used the book with children of Grades 1 to 4 and observed that children were able to experience and understand the story.

Usha Malhan Parag Reads 03 April 2019

Parag Initiative wins at London Book Fair 2019

Parag won the award in the ‘educational initiatives’ category. The Parag initiative was launched by the Tata Trusts in 2005-06 to support the development of, access to and use of children’s literature in Indian languages, to promote reading among children.

Tata Trusts Team Parag Library 12 March 2019

By the book

The Parag library programme helps government schools in Karnataka and Rajasthan instil a love for reading books in children and strengthens their learning ability.

Vikas Kumar Parag Library 19 March 2019

Beyond Classes at the Library Educator’s Course

Our second contact classes for the 2018 batch of Library Educator’s Course (Hindi) began on Independence Day at Bhopal. Being in the library is indeed a sort of independence. And this time the beginning was not with a gathering, formal hellos, games or feedback.

Ajaa Sharma Parag Nurtures 31 January 2019

​Musings from a teacher’s training

Through this year our team has been engaged with government teacher’s training in Uttar Pradesh for libraries in schools. We have now trained 100 teachers, which is a big number for a small team as ours but a drop in the ocean for the state.

Ajaa Sharma Parag Nurtures 14 November 2018

When Book Art Travels Beyond Books

Picture books delight us with their wide array of illustrations in differing styles. Each illustrator has his or her own style and approach that adds to the story. So what do illustrations look like before they are printed?

Proma Basu Roy Parag Nurtures 29 January 2019

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