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International Conference on Children’s Libraries (ICCL) 2010 held at New Delhi from 16 to 18 February 2010 organized by AWIC (Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children) and Indian IBBY. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam. His inspiring words on books, reading and libraries gave an ample start to the event. The conference was a platform to showcase mainly NGO libraries and their activities in India and around the world. See the ICCL sessions with photographs here.
The presentations and papers worth mentioning were the Reading Promotion Project by ‘Action with Lao Children’, Japan (Ms. Chanthason), AWIC Play”Children of the Magic Pen’ directed by Feisal Alkazi , ‘All of Poland Reads to Kids’ Foundation, Poland (Mrs. Monika Chojnacka), and the papers presented by Indra Nath Chowdhery ,Former Chairperson, Nehru House, London; Secretary, Sahitya Academy, New Delhi “A Book Culture to Build Bridges (Promotion of universal values)”, Ellis Vance, Librarian; Treasurer, International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)”One World One Dream (Promotion of friendship, tolerance and peace)”, Ingrid Bon, Chairperson, Section IFLA Libraries for Children and Young Adults, Netherlands and activities displayed by Pratham, AWIC Libraries and other initiatives.
The event proved that there were serious lapses in collaborative efforts between libraries and children. The crucial role of school libraries in developing book culture should be realized. Considering the huge stock of reading materials available in traditional school libraries (KVs, JNVs and other CBSE and State schools), the collaborative opportunities between NGOs and school libraaries should be explored.