The Vibrant School Library

Where Dreams Comes True


  • Dr. Swapna Banerjee University of Calcutta
  • Sudin Kr. Sardar Librarian, Jawaharlal Navodaya Vidyalaya



Book exhibition, book week, national integration


The school library is the birthplace of dreams and fantasies. The stories heard from the grandmother, mother, aunts and uncles get a reality when the children touch and smell the books, and feel the color of the pictures. The pulse of the students is probably felt in the best way in a school library. In this paper, the real situations in the libraries of the Navodaya VidyalayIndia (boarding schools supported and subsidized by the central Government) have been discussed. These network of school libraries are scattered all over India, with a special purpose to reach the unreached. These libraries are always buzzing with a lot of activities—be it book exhibitions, library quiz, discussion forum etc.
From the simple of the simplest of exploring a journey through a book, to searching information through e-granthalaya (the software used), the students are beaming with ocean of information. The book week program , story hour period ,library quiz are only some of the activities mentioned. The paper will also discuss the dynamic effort of the librarians of these schools in trying to cater to fulfill the dreams of the students. The special effort of the librarians in training the students to love books is stated. Taking care of books by making special book covers, environment friendly book supports and book stands etc. are also explained in this paper. Last, but not the least, the paper brings into forefront the ways to harness a cordial relation between the librarian and the

Author Biographies

Dr. Swapna Banerjee, University of Calcutta

Dr. Swapna Bnaejee is presently working as Associate Professor in the Department of Library
and Information Science, University of Calcutta. An MSc. in Botany, and Mlis. Ph.D., she is
in this profession for the last sixteen years, and has a lot of publications including books and
research articles. She has visited USA in 2010 under the IVLP program. Four students have
been awarded Ph.D. under her guidance and many more are pursuing research under her.
She has guided 15 students in M.Phil till date.

Sudin Kr. Sardar, Librarian, Jawaharlal Navodaya Vidyalaya

Sudin Kr. Sardar is the librarian of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Howrah., Holding a Masters
in Library and Information Science, He has been in this profession for nearly 8 years. He has
written a number of articles in library related journals.