Paonta: A cluster meeting of librarians was held in Dehradun region at Sambhota Tibetan School Paonta on 27 and 28 July, 2017. Seven librarians from nearby Tibetan Schools participated in the meeting.
On the first day, the Principal of the host school, Ms. Sonam Palkyi welcomed the participants of cluster meeting by introducing the school and the library related activities being carried in their school. Ms Tenzin Legzey, representative of DoE, shed some light on the aims and objectives of the cluster meeting, and the current focus on developing reading habits in children and making the libraries effective to this end.
Each librarian made a presentation describing the activities of their school library. Some of them showed the pictures of various library activities in order to show the nature and extent of children’s participation. After the presentations, the participants discussed new ideas on increasing effectiveness of Libraries and promoting reading habits among children.
The discussion focused on specific ideas such as: how to encourage students to read and write book reviews and their further use of DEAR time (Drop Everything And Read) project. The librarian of STS Paonta organized a presentation by two students on book review done by them.
On the second day, discussion was held on different rules and policies of respective school libraries and on the selection criteria for books, newspapers, periodicals and journals formation of committee in school to assist the purchase of new books.
A tour to Khenchen Rinchen Library, a newly built library situated in Puruwala, was organised. The objective was to learn about the functioning of the library and the management systems. The meeting introduced the librarians to new ideas which were crucial to encourage reading culture among children.
-Report filed by Department of Education-