DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 3: To promote the habit of reading books, a community-based free street library project called ‘Pick A Book’ was launched at Mission Compound colony in Phek town on January 30 last.
The project is the brainchild of Vezito Tetseo, a former student leader, and is “probably first of its kind in Nagaland”, according to a press release received here on Wednesday.
According to Tetseo, the project aims is to encourage both young and old people to read books, which will directly or indirectly contribute in promoting human development. Another objective is to enhance the literacy rate, starting at the grassroots level by encouraging student community to read books by giving them affordable books and easy access round the clock.
Also, by engaging the young people in books, it would help them fend off addiction to social media, mobile games and substance abuse, he added.
Tetseo shared that he had wanted to start the project since December 2020. So far, he has collected around 60 books from friends and well-wishers.
He said that learning is not limited to the traditional educational institutions (schools and colleges) but knowledge can also be obtained in an open environment like streets, resorts, grounds, parks etc where there are books.
Tetseo informed that those who wants to donate books can do so as he is planning to come up with more street libraries.
The SDO(C) of Phek, Zhoi Lohe, who launched the library, said that every colony and people from all the parts of the State must emulate ‘this is modest and humble project’.
The street library will be managed by the Mission Compound Colony Youth Association. (Page News Service)