As a regular to BCD during my school days, it was nostalgic to be there to understand how it was working with different age groups with value added programs for children, youth and adults. BCD with its 70 years of existence has evolved from a library to a cultural hub of fun, learning and knowledge and entertainment. BCD in its effort to empower children with life skills conducts various courses including the upcoming Holiday Camp. Their IELTS course is very popular with people aspiring to go abroad for their studies and so are the “Study in UK” programs where students can interact with representatives of about 40 plus Universities in UK.
Chennai’s first green library has come up on the CPR Foundation premises with more than 6,000 books and journals on environment. The library has books on topics such as air pollution, biodiversity, environment education and wildlife. CPR foundation director Nanditha Krishna told that the library has more than 400 international documentaries on environmental issues.
Lending Books at your Doorsteps, An Applaud Worthy Initiative to Promote Reading Habit Among Chennaiites
Though television, internet rule the entertainment section today, very few of us get to know the information we seek from these media giants. Try searching the internet on specific topic and each one of us would have clicked open at least 10 sites ( depends on the topic ) before landing on a page on that topic we might consider partially relevant and getting to what we need to the point is another story of click, open and close. Talking about television, we are spoon fed on the information that the respective channels decide as being viewers friendly. Well, who decides this factor, we have no clue.
Going 25 years back when we had no internet and television, did we face information black out? The answer is No. Books, magazines and newspapers were instrumental in bringing the world to our doorsteps. Fundamentals of this society was built on the habit of reading but economic growth, modernization and urbanization has changed the lifestyles of people. With the shift from a gradual, peaceful lifestyle, today life has become complex with stress in every aspect of life, for everyone. These lifestyle changes and tight schedule of routines have made a paradigm shift in the regular habits of people with reading habit suffering the worst.
Today we seldom find time to browse through a book or even make a note of popular titles except for those book worms who refuse to let their book reading habit die. Internet and television have absorbed our time and the million dollar question is, are we getting any value addition watching television programs dominated by cinema, more often repeated and serials with high decibel villainy characters scheming uncanny plots and driving negative emotions into us? Not to forget the kids who sit by us watching the whole drama unfold in the living room and the influence cast on their psyche without our knowledge.
Reading books served as a window to the world and made us wise years back. Sidney Sheldon, Readers digest, James Hadley Chase , Agatha Christie, Kalki, Anandha Vikatan, Ponniyin Selvan were often discussion topics. Come Diwali, the Diwali malars of popular magazines opened early bookings and vied with each other to cover interesting topics, stories by leading authors. Now virtual libraries have cached on the internet and jumped on the bandwagon to enroll members and help them choose books online and deliver books home. Read on..