Kids and reading in this mobile age!
“As a kid, I would get my parents to drop me off at my local library on their way to work during the summer holidays, and I would walk home at night. For several years, I read the children’s library until I finished the children’s library. Then I moved into the adult library and slowly worked my way through them.” ~ Neil Gaiman
It was very difficult to finalize just 6 libraries in Pune for kids from the choices available but we took the risk to antagonize some of you!
Our choices were based on reviews, their social media presence, kid-centric, safe location, flexibility and the collection available.
So here are the top six according to us:
- Justbooks CLC
Timings: 10am – 9pm; Monday Closed
Justbooks is a chain of bookstores all over India. The advantage is that you can have the books delivered to you or you can go and pick one yourself. They sell monthly memberships and generally have a great selection of books available for kids.
They have 13 locations in Pune which means that there is a Justbooks centre always close to you! Get the locations and fee structure at justbooksclc.com
- Unnati Library
Shop No 1 Building 6 Moraya Residency Phase III,
Pashan Sus Road, Pashan.
Ph: 9967013101, 9967019401
Timings: 10.30am to 7.30pm; Monday closed
Unnati is a recent entrant to Pune with their other centres being in the Mumbai region. While their collection is smaller, they have toys too. Looks like a place to pick if you want to wean your young kid away from his or her mobile browsing or gaming activities.
- Waari Book Cafe
Ground Floor, Choice Institute,
Macdonalds Lane, Near Karishma Chowk,
Karve Road, Kothrud.
Timings: 10am – 9pm; Monday closed
For the slightly older kid but a great place for the bookworm and the serious ones. Inhouse cafe also takes care of hunger pangs with tasty snacks and beverages.
Avni arcade, Gaikwad Nagar,
Ph: 020 25882223 020 25893223, 8805202828
Timings: 10am – 7pm; Thursday closed.
The Junglebook has morphed into an activity centre but still has a good selection of books for young kids. Call Jas or just walk in.
- British Council Library
917/1, Fergusson College Road,
Ph: 020 456 9000
Timings: 11am – 7pm; Monday closed
The British Library has an incredible collection of books not just for adults but for kids too. A membership fee is required to check out books.
The final one is a mobile lending library!
Shop No. 1, Silver Arch Apts, opp. Kamal Netralay,
Lane no. 3, Dahanukar Colony,
Ph: 8408020606, 9890658387
Call Prasad Kulkarni and his book lending library will be at your doorstep!
For the adults, apart from the British Council Library, we recommend a visit to the following libraries:
- Balasaheb Ambedkar Library, SB Road.
- Pagdandi Books, Baner.
- Samit Library, Sadashiv Peth.
“I had no books at home. I started to frequent a public library in Lisbon. It was there, with no help except curiosity and the will to learn, that my taste for reading developed and was refined.” ~ Jose Saramago
So what do parents need to look for before enrolling their kids into one of these libraries?
- Allow you to browse all day without shooing you off!
- Adjoining cafe for that snack and beverage
- Clean restrooms
- Flexible working hours on holidays
- Low membership fee
- Book reading sessions, workshops and other activities
- Great atmosphere for your kid to imbibe reading values
“Bad libraries build collections. Good libraries build services. Great libraries build communities.” ~ Tim McCormick.
At Lets Practise, we encourage parents to nudge their kids to get into the reading habit. If there are any good libraries in your neighbourhood that need to be featured, let us know. Like us on Facebook, contact us or just give us a call to know more about our solutions and services for ICSE & CBSE kids.