Besides the reading session, organisers had also lined up a series of engaging workshops for children including origami, puppetry, cartoon, storytelling, films and creative writing to develop in them creative skills. “I loved this and learnt a new skill. I want to come again next year” said a young boy. “This kind of activity should be there throughout the year for students” a school girl suggested.
A group of teachers and heads of institutions worked hard planning and coordinating with schools to send children at appointed slots. Dr Savithri Perumal, a member of the organising committee said “We are absolutely happy seeing many children turn creative. Our team really worked hard”.
Supported by the Madurai district administration, the book reading venue at the fair was tastefully designed in an eye catching forest cave like ambience. Children loved it. Around four thousand children, including many from less privileged backgrounds studying in government schools attended these sessions.
Organisers see this as a great start and they want to build on this success.
Nicholas Francis, Founder, Book Guild of Madurai said “The long term plan is to make book reading a community initiative in Madurai. We want to take book reading as closer to children and as enriching to children.”
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