Palakkad library initiates home delivery of books to encourage reading in lockdown
Nallepilly (Palakkad): The Vivekananda Library here is taking an initiative to deliver books to households during COVID-19 lockdown so that people can spend their leisure time fruitfully. The 70-year-old library is offering home delivery service for free. Within three weeks, the library workers have delivered books to over 100 houses in the panchayat.
People contact the library authorities after the phone number was circulated through social media. As more than one member at every household demands books, over 300 books have already been delivered. Most of the people who request the books are youngsters, said library office-bearers K Sivakumar and Mullassery Chandran.
The books that have more demand are handed over to readers fixing a week's time for returning. When the books are returned, it is handed over to the next reader. Permanent members of the library are given upto four books at a time. Others are given only one book at a time currently.
Vivekananda library was started in 1951. Now there are about 29,000 books in the library and it has nearly 650 members. While many people spend time on social media during the lockdown, the library initiated home delivery of books to encourage reading.