When a library enlightens a whole village
Malayinkeezhu (Thiruvananthapuram): Grama Swaraj Library at Manappuram here, which was inaugurated by writer Sooranad Kunjan Pillai in 1953, has turned out to be the pride of the village. It was the writer who suggested the name 'Grama Swaraj' for the library back then.
Now the library is literally a cultural centre. It has been providing free PSC coaching for many years. Apart from this, it is also a training centre in different skills like tailoring, beautician course, community polytechnic scheme, computer course, Gandhian studies and other activities.
It was P N Panicker, the Father of the Library Movement, who inaugurated the rural women literacy programme in the library. They manage to deliver books for elderly people and women even during the COVID times. The number of readers only increased during this period, said library president K V Rajesh Kumar.
Grama Swaraj Library also arranged two televisions for the students to attend online classes. Children of high school classes can take part in online classes at the library. Apart from this, the library also installed CCTV at the area for surveillance.
Though the library started in a rented room years ago, it was later shifted to a two-storied building. Currently, there are about 12,500 books in the library and a reference section also functions there. The students and job seekers in the area also depend on the books and periodicals in the library for further study and research.