The British Council Library – that has been operating in Kolkata for 70 years – will now be open on weekends as well. The move is aimed at encouraging learners and young professionals to visit the library and revive a habit that has been on a decline for a some years now.
Libraries across the world are facing a crisis with a decline in members. In Kolkata, both British Council Library and American Library have revamped efforts to boost readership.
“Students and professionals, who do not find time to go to the library on weekdays, will now be able to do so. Families with schoolgoing kids, too, will now be able to make full use of library resources, including workshops and study spaces,” said British Council director (east and northeast India) Debanjan Chakrabarti.
He claimed that the number of family memberships, wherein parents bring their kids to the library for a family day out to build an affinity towards reading, learning and social interaction, has been on the rise.
Bristish Council also celebrated the first anniversary of partnering with a private school to reach out to a larger audience with its English proficiency courses. “The initiative has allowed us to reach out to a larger number of people. Over the last year over 900 working professionals, college students and children from Kolkata have availed of the classes at South City International School,” British Council India country director Barbara Wickham said.
Source: Times of India