Hello from Cosy Nook Library!
2021 is already a month old! In Bangalore, our libraries are bathed in a wonderful spring light born out of the midday sun reflecting off the spines of rows of books. It’s one of our favourite sights and we can never tire of it!
Happy birthday to us!
Our wonderful library at Koramangala 1st Block turned a year old on 26 January. We had a fitting celebration with our dear members dropping in to exchange books, sitting quietly in corners to read, seeking out the cats that have made their home here to pet them, and to talk to us about books. Our guests also included our author friends, neighbours, parents of members and family, and we were delighted by the lovely cards and gifts that were showered on us. Truly this love overwhelms us.
Our two libraries are humming and buzzing six days a week and we remain amazed at how much our members are reading.
The timings are:
Cosy Nook Library, Raheja Residency: Tuesday and Friday, 3.30-5.30 pm
Cosy Nook Library, ILM Montessori: Monday, Thursday and Saturday, 3-5 pm
We welcome walk-ins, and would love to bring in new members into our cosy nooks.
Visit us soon, or you can chat with us on the phone, online or on email.
Books! Books! Books! New on our shelves
2. The Bear Who Went Boo, David Walliams, age 5+
3. Chuchu Manthu’s Jar of Toffees, Adithi Rao, age 6+
4. A Clown for Tenali Rama, Subhadra Sen Gupta, age 9+
5. Deep End; Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney, age 9+
6. Dare to Be You, Matthew Syed, age 9+
8. When Stars Are Scattered, Valerie Jamieson, age 10+
9. A Tale of Magic, Chris Colfer, age 11+
10. Out of My Mind, Sharon Draper, age 11+
Librarians Radhika and Sudeshna kept themselves busy with their noses in plenty of books, so they can give the best and most appropriate recommendations when asked. Truly, a good librarian never sleeps (because she is reading late into the night!).
Here are our recommendations for the month from among some delightful books we had the privilege to read:
Radhika Sathe Mantri: Out of My Mind, Sharon Draper
Out Of My Mind, by Sharon M Draper is a middle-grade novel about a girl with special needs and her struggle to communicate with the world. Melody Brooks is a brilliant 11-year-old girl who knows words and music and math and a whole lot about the world. But no one knows that Melody knows so much. The book is a beautiful peek into the world of differently abled children, their families, their everyday challenges and frustrations, but also and most importantly, a peek into their dreams and aspirations.
Out Of My Mind is beautifully written, well researched and a very honest representation of human tendencies. As a Special Education teacher myself, this book is especially close to my heart. I will recommend this book as a great resource for empathy building among our children. The book is quite nuanced, funny in that lovely way, teaches us a lot, while not getting preachy or tedious at any point.
I will recommend this book for children 11 years and older or even for an accelerated 10 year olds and definitely for the parents of the young readers.
Melody Brooks will make you giggle, make you appreciate life a bit more, will leave you a little teary eyed, but you will finish the book as a slightly transformed reader.
Sudeshna Shome Ghosh: When Stars Are Scattered, Valerie Jamieson, Omar Mohamed
I read a graphic novel after a long time when I got my hands on this book, and I wondered why I don’t read them more often. When Stars Are Scattered is the story of Omar and his brother, alone and parent-less, living in the refugee camp Dabdab in Kenya. Driven from their village in Somalia, they live in the camp, hoping one day to be chosen to emigrate to another country. But meanwhile, there is a life to live here—to go to school, to make friends, for Omar to look after his little brother, to understand the values of community, kindness, hope and love. Based on a true story, this is a book that is as heartwarming as it is important. If you are a parent, it may bring tears to your eyes. If you are a reader of any age it will uplift you, make you look beyond the bounds of your immediate life and wonder at the cruelties and inequities that exist, and the limitless possibilities that are there for those who believe in themselves.
I recommend this book highly for readers both adult and children. Ideal for children 10 years and above.
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