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First digital library set to be unveiled in New Town

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The first smart, digital library in New Town that the NKDA started working on in May last year is all set to be unveiled in November.

The library at Nazrul Tirtha will have e-books, e-subscriptions, e-readers that can be borrowed, audio books, online resources, digital archives, information centres and career guidance corners, along with newspapers, magazines and a coffee shop. For those not so tech savvy, a section for traditional books will also be there. NKDA officials said they would start with around 4,500 books and the number would slowly increase. “We have fixed November 12 as the tentative date for inauguration. State urban development minister Firhad Hakim is supposed to unveil the library,” an official said.

Officials said the facility would have a general, children’s and a teen services sections. Various events and workshops will be held there. A public computing area will be arranged for, where computers and a printer will be placed.

The children’s section would be a vibrant area, and the shelf heights would be suitable for kids, an official said. The corner would have colourful furniture, floor rugs and a storytelling corner, he added.

The teen services section will organise group studies, projects and career counselling, mainly for high school kids.

Officials said various activities—workshops, storytelling sessions and documentary shows—would be organised at regularly. “There can be a ‘Friends of the Library’ programme, under which volunteers can sign up to assist in the management of the library and conducting activities,” an official said. High school and college students can get a certificate for community services for volunteering at the facility.


Source: Times of India

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