Hahnpuriya KC LP School in Jorhat took a unique initiative to foster reading and learning among children by asking teachers, parents and well-wishers to donate books to the school’s library on Saraswati Puja on Tuesday.

Several people were seen handing over books meant for children to the school authorities on Tuesday.

The school’s managing committee took the decision to ask all, who come to the school on Saraswati Puja, to come with books on children’s literature to enrich the reading materials already available in the library.

President of the managing committee Ramen Saikia said this step on Saraswati Puja could not have been more apt as Saraswati in Indian religious belief is the ‘Goddess of learning’.

“The students already have several books in the library. There are around 1,500 books that the students are allowed to take home after the classes are over. With 330 more books coming in today, our library will now be well-stocked with new books for the children to browse through,” Saikia said.

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The LP school located in Hahnpuriya village was established in 1974 and was provincialised in 1979.

The then additional deputy commissioner, Ashim Kumar Chetia, helped in the construction of the school’s library, which was opened in 2004.

“North East Institute of Hotel Management also aided in the construction of the library and donated an almirah and 10 books. Since then, other people, many of whom are members of the Asom Sahitya Sabha, have donated children’s books generously to the library,” Saikia added.

Hahnpuriya village has about 367 families, all of whom celebrate Saraswati Puja together at the school.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com