Hello from Cosy Nook Library!
In the blink of an eye, we are at the last month of 2020! From the month of July, we have reached out to you through our newsletters with library news, book recommendations, new arrivals and more, and we hope to keep up this engagement steadily into the new year as well.
2020, a look back
The year was special for us because we started our brand new library at ILM Montessori in Koramangala. On 26th January, we opened our doors to the kids of the city, with shelves filled with books and hope in our hearts.
Our members responded with such enthusiasm and love that we were overwhelmed. Our dream of creating a space filled with the love of books, where children could experiment with different types of books and where they were unafraid to exercise their reading choices had been fulfilled.
Along with that, we celebrated the fourth birthday of our first library in Raheja Residency with cake, dancing and special recognitions for all our fantastic readers. Their love makes every step in this journey worthwhile.
To all of you we say a big thank you, for keeping us going, and for helping us stay open through these difficult months.
And as that old song goes, ‘It’s a whole new world…A new beginning…’ So here we are, nearly on the other side of a pandemic.
We are happy to announce that now both our libraries are open for browsing. We welcome walk-ins, and would love to bring in new members into our cosy nooks. Visit us soon, or you can chat with us on the phone, online or on email.
Cosy Nook Library, Raheja Residency: Tuesday and Friday, 3.30-5 pm
Cosy Nook Library, ILM Montessori: Thursday and Saturday, 3-5 pm
Children’s Day Special
We had a grand Children’s Day celebration in November, when we teamed up with Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha to celebrate their 40th birthday at Cosy Nook Library! Tinkle’s Group Art Director, Savio Mascarenhas conducted an art workshop where he taught the participants how to create their own comic panels. There was a fantastic cake baked by a Cosy Nook mom, Veena Nambiar. Part of the proceeds from the workshop fee collected went to support Bombay to Barcelona, a café in Mumbai managed and run by orphaned, erstwhile street children. So thank you for your wonderful support for this cause as well.
Books! Books! Books! New on our shelves
1. Nomad’s Land, Paro Anand, age 12+
2. Loki Takes Guard, Menaka Raman, age 12+
3. The Adventures of Goopy the Singer and Bagha the Drummer, Upendrakishore Ray Choudhury, age 6+
4. Gulgul in Jungalu, Ashok Rajagopalan, age 6+
5. Gulgul in Sea-Saw Gara, Ashok Rajagopalan, age 6+
6. Gulgul in Parapara, Ashok Rajagopalan, age 6+
7. You, Me and Empathy, Jayneen Sanders, age 5+
8. Become a Junior Entrepreneur, Vrunda Bansode, age 10+
Anitha Murthy: Queen of Earth, Devika Rangachari
Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres. I love how we are able to immerse ourselves in a bygone time, and see the actual people involved as humans with desires and qualities that we can identify with, rather than a dry list of dates and battles that need to be reproduced in exams.
Queen of Earth by Devika Rangachari is one such book that gives us a glimpse of political machinery and the statecraft of areas of current-day Odisha. Women were invaluable pawns in a king’s world, but could they break free and stand on their own?
The story unfolds beautifully, with betrayals, battles, and bravery. Loyalties are constantly under threat, and intrigues are par for the course. The book glides through it all, telling us the story of the remarkable Queen Prithvimahadevi, and leaves one hungering for more. For age 12+.
Sudeshna Shome Ghosh: The Teenage Diary of Razia Sultan/Jahanara/Nur Jahan/Jodh Bai/Laxmibai, various authors
At Cosy Nook Library we are happiest when our readers find and like new authors and new kinds of books. One series that quite a few of our tween and teen readers, specially girls, have enjoyed is The Teenage Diary series. Each book in the series is written by a different author—each of whom is a well-known children’s writer. The books are fiction, but based on facts and deeply researched. Each one is in the form of a diary of a famous woman from Indian history when she was a teenager. So it follows the story of Mehrunnisa before she becomes Empress Nur Jahan, and talks about Mughal court and culture. Laxmibai’s diary is about her growing up as a motherless girl, married off to distant Jhansi and how she finds her voice and strength. Razia’s diary is as much about the Delhi Sultanate as it is about a young, fearless warrior finding her foothold in a world dominated by men. The entire series is available in our libraries, and they are perfect for those who love reading about strong women, in their own voices. For age 10+.
Radhika Sathe Mantri: Nomad’s Land, Paro Anand
Nomad’s Land is a book I believe every teenager and the significant adult in that teenager’s life needs to read. Author Paro Anand introduces to us to two young girls, immigrants in a big city who are trying to come to terms with their past. Set against the backdrop of the Kashmiri Pandit ethnic cleansing, the book holds a mirror to all of us in very different ways. This is a very important book because, without any whitewashing of history, without being an apologist for any one side, Paro Anand is able to show the true tragedy of Kashmir that affected all communities.
Nomad’s Land is quite mystical, the language is very lyrical and evocative. By the end of the book, I was friends with Pema and Shanna, the girls of forever skies and their families. I cannot recommend this book enough! Take a bow, Paro Anand! For age 12+.
In the media
Our video channel grew in uploads and subscribers this month. Have you subscribed yet for exclusive book recommendations, book conversations and more? Here are the videos we posted in November: