The Ernakulam District Library Council’s initiative, ‘Books at Doorstep’, to revive reading habits among school children, has evoked enthusiastic response and is on course to exceed the target. The project, launched this month, aims at reaching out to 25,000 families spread across 500 libraries under the district library council.
The idea was to lend one lakh books a month by giving four books to a child and cover at least 50 households within every library limits. “We expected to lend 12 lakh books a year, but are now very likely to exceed that going by the great response to the project. In fact, some libraries have taken it with such zeal that they have already covered over a hundred households,” said M.R. Surendran, secretary, Ernakulam District Library Council.
The district council launched the project after the Education Department found that reading habits among students has taken a hit in the wake of remote learning.