Safar Pustakanchya Jagachi – Libraries for Rural Anganwadis & Slums in Beed District
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Who we are
Established on January 23, 1964, the A H Wadiya Sarvajanik Wachanalay stands as the oldest and largest library in Beed district, Maharashtra, serving the community faithfully for 59 years. Operating primarily on fees collected from patrons and government subsidies, this Grade A library has its own 5000 sqft building, thanks to the generous donations from the community, dating back 50 years.
With a vast collection of approximately 75,000 books, this library has earned recognition from the Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation. In 2002, we received the "National Level Award for Best District Library of the West Zone." Notably, our librarian received the esteemed "Dr. S.R. Rangnathan Granthmitra Puraskar'' from the Government of Maharashtra in the year 2014-15, a testament to the dedication and expertise that drives this remarkable institution.
Our work and its impact
At the A H Wadiya Sarvajanik Wachanalay, our mission extends beyond being Beed district's oldest and largest library. We aim to impact society by launching an educational program that educates parents on how to initiate reading habits in their infants as young as 6 months old, in collaboration with our local paediatrician. This initiative not only fosters early literacy and cognitive development but also strengthens family bonds through shared reading experiences. As a library with a rich history of recognition and service to our community, we continue to evolve, striving to make a lasting positive impact by nurturing a culture of lifelong learning and literacy.
The library is not only a repository of knowledge but also a hub of learning for the youth. In the past year alone, it has welcomed around 3,000 school children, further solidifying its importance in the community. Looking ahead, the library has plans to expand its services by targeting an even younger audience, specifically children aged 6 months and above. Our goal is to instil a love for early reading, fostering a culture of literacy within the community.
How we will utilise these books
The funds raised will provide joyful books from Pratham Books in Marathi, Hindi, and English. The books will be put to good use in various ways, serving as valuable resources in our reading room and for reading activities within the library itself. Additionally, we plan to extend their reach into local nursery and pre-primary schools, fostering early literacy among young children. In line with our commitment to reaching underserved communities, these books will also find a home in rural anganwadis and gatherings in slum areas, ensuring that children from all backgrounds have access to the joy of reading and learning.