“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and help us explore and achieve and help us improve the quality of life.” -Sidney Sheldon Everything begins with an idea. Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea. And we did the same thing. We started the initiative of „Pustak Pedhi‟ back in 2019-2020 with a small spark of imagination, with a small idea. We understood that for any person to rise and shine, and become a better version of themselves, they need to go through the tough process of reinventing themselves. And what better way to empower someone and help them become a better version of themselves than books.
Thus began the idea of „Pustak Pedhi‟ which loosely translates to “Book Bank”. Yes, you read that right, a book bank, where you give us your time in exchange for an abundance of knowledge and self-growth. The campaign‟s mission is to motivate children to read by giving them access to age-appropriate books and reading resources, and working with them to make reading a fun and beneficial part of their daily lives. Books are a great platform to help you with a variety of things. In this world of the internet, children are getting lost somewhere. We help them find themselves and rekindle the essence of reading. The initiative of „Pustak Pedhi‟ is not just meant for the child reading it, but it also inculcates a habit of reading amongst their siblings, their parents, their friends, and all their social group.
This instills reading as a habit in the entire community in general. And a well-read community is an empowered community. And as a cherry on top, the libraries that we set up are not just „for the children, but they will also be „by the children. This means that the libraries being set up will be and be run by one of the residents of the Vasti. The child will take care of their library and we will take care of whatever they need. These children also keep an eye on inventory, help other children find suitable books according to their preferences and also help us understand the needs of children better, providing us with the scope to improve. And if thoughts such as when, where, and who conducts these sessions are still lingering in your mind, then let me clear them for you. Currently, we are working on 3 Vasahats in Karvenagar. We are working in three places namely San Vasti, Kamana Vasahat, and Gosavi Vasti. And we plan to keep on adding more and more books and more and more areas to our collection. We have a collection of 900+ books with us. Thus, to summarize, „Pustak Pedhi‟ is an initiative for us to inculcate the habit of reading in children, in turn, the community as a whole and helping them with all they need for it. We feel if we empower the young minds of the community today: we help build a strong, wellread, and developed society tomorrow. Because, „Padhega India, Tabhi Toh Badhega India.”