Wednesday 24 September 2014

Pratham Books Champion : Book Mark

A few days before International Literacy Day, we received a mail from Book Mark Coimbatore telling us that they were going to tie up with Euro Kids and get many volunteer to conduct storytelling sessions across multiple locations.

Book Mark Coimbatore sent us a mail about the sessions they conducted to celebrate International Literacy Day. Book Mark is a Library and Activity Center in Coimbatore. Book Mark is a lending library for kids from 0 to 13 years. They also conduct activities for children, members and non members every Saturday. They have storytelling, creative writing, puppet theatre, art and craft, music and other activities that will excite children's creativity, curiosity and imagination. To learn more about them, visit the Book Mark Facebook page.

Session conducted on : 6th, 8th, 12th and 13th September 
Number of kids : 150 + 60 + 70 + 42 + 25 + 30 + 23 + 120 = 520
Number of sessions : 6 + 2 + 6 + 5 = 19
Language the session was conducted in : English and Tamil

Book mark in Coimbatore joined Pratham Books’ ‘One Day One Story’ initiative for World Literacy Day, with fifty eight volunteers. The volunteers spread across different parts of the city, narrated stories to children in noon meal schools, orphanages and NGO’s.

Book Mark is a library cum activity center for children in Coimbatore initiated with the intention of drawing children into the world of stories, imagination and fantasies through books. 

A number of teachers, home makers, students, professionals and retired persons volunteered to transport children into the world of stories and fantasies. The stories were narrated in a mix of English and Tamil.

No: of volunteers: 58 (27 teachers from SBOA school + 31 volunteers from varied profession) 
No: of children reached: 150 + 60 + 70 + 42 + 25 + 30 + 23 + 120 = 520

The sessions were held at different places across the city. Children between ages 3 to 9 were covered in the sessions. Children from YWCA school near Brookfields (42 children), GVK Nursery and Primary School (70 children), Kuniamuthur, Don Bosco Anbu Illam (60 children) near Sungam, an evening school run by Social Service League (30 children) of Tamil Nnadu Agricultural University in Tellungupalam, Seva Nilayam(120 children) and Families for Children in Podanur (150 children) were approached to tell stories.

Along with Takloo, The Little Salt Seller, a few other stories from Pratham Books - The Jungle Brew, Kaka and Munni, The Peacock Who Could Not Dance were selected by the volunteers for narration. 

Children were enthralled in the stories and were initiated to different activities related to the story. They could trace the story through the activities and also create the characters by drawing them. Book Mark would like to thank Pratham Books for the initiative.

The names of the volunteers: 
1) Mita Asher
2) Mrinalini R David
3) Shuba Ganesh
4) Satya
5) Meedhu Miriyam
6) Arumugham
7) V.P. Soundararajan
8) Sri Baghyalakshmi
9) Qudsiya Jamal
10) Suja Nair
11) Brindha
12) Bhuvaneswari R Baskar
13) jyothi lakshmi
14) Nimmi
15) Preetha
16) G. Karina
17) R Abarna
18) V Shobana
19) Jyothilakshmi
20) Gomati
21) Vishnupriya
22) Bhanu
24) Savita
25) Sathish Kumar
26)Priya Prakash
+ 27 teachers from SBOA school.

  • Mita Asher, Meedhu Miriyam, Arumugham, Ramakrishnan , Sathish Kumar and Qudsiya conducted the sessions on 6th.
  • Sri Bhagyalakshmi, Brindha conducted on 8th.
  • Mrinalini R David, Satya, Soundara Rajan, Suja Nair, Preetha, Jyothi lakshmi, Gomathi, Vishnu Priya, Karina conducted on 12th.
  • Nimmi, Bhuvaneshwari, Abarna, Shobana, Sneha, Shuba Ganesh, and the other teachers conducted on 13th.

Thank you Book Mark for spreading the joy of reading!

In its third edition of the 'One Day - One Story' campaign, Pratham Books was joined by 1300+ storytellers who conducted 1500+ storytelling sessions. More than a 1000 steps towards a 'Reading India'!

What started as a small step by Pratham Books to spread the joy of reading has become a movement. In 2012, Pratham Books initiated the One Day-One Story initiative on the occasion of International Literacy Day . We will be sharing the stories of all our volunteer storytellers (Pratham Books Champions) through our blog.

View more pictures from the International Literacy Day Celebrations held in 2014.

This blog contains stories sent in by all our champions. Browse through the blog for more stories. You can also go through the tags on the right side of the blog to find stories happening in your own city.

Note : If you want to be a Pratham Books Champion and join us on our journey of getting 'a book in every child's hand', write to us at champions(at)prathambooks(dot)org.

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