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Book fair for young readers



Children's delight.

As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the British Library and the third anniversary of the library's children's section, Wonderland, a week-long children's book festival is being organised, beginning April 12.

The exhibition will feature over 1,000 new titles of children's books and CDs. Once the exhibition is over, these books and CDs will be added to the library's children's collection, already over 3,000.

According to library officials, the children's section will soon witness the arrival of more than 100 titles of DVDs, answering a long-standing demand from the library's child-members and their parents.

In connection with the week-long book festival, the library is also organising competitions in painting, story-telling, poetry writing and essay writing for children. A video show of animated and classic films is also being planned.

Adult members of the library, especially lovers of literature and fiction, too have something to cheer about as the library has been slowly but steadily adding to its fiction collection. When the library went in for an image makeover a couple of years ago, there were complaints from many readers that the `professional collection' of the library was being enhanced at the cost of books on language, literature and fiction.

One facility that is being widely utilised by a lot of members is the remote accessing of databases. Under this scheme, members are given individual IDs and passwords with which they can access various databases on the Internet. The Oxford online resources, the Oxford English Dictionary and the Emerald database for data related to management, are some of the e-resources being offered by the library.

The British Council is reportedly in the final stages of formulating an `e-membership' scheme which would enable those living in other cities of Kerala to become members. Such members would be able to read and download the library's resources from their own computers. This scheme would, in all probability, be inaugurated by the end of this year.

By G. Mahadevan

Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar

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