Library Newsletter December 2020

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.

2021 beckons!

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.

Timings:

Cosy Nook Library, Raheja Residency: Tuesday and Friday, 3.30-5 pm

Cosy Nook Library, ILM Montessori: Thursday and Saturday, 3-5 pm

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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.

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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+

Librarians Recommend

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:

Conversations at Cosy Nook Library with Asha Nehemiah

Conversations at Cosy Nook Library, Children’s Day special

Reading Nook with Cosy Nook: Classics

Book Talk: Paro Anand on Nomad’s Land

For real-time updates of our news and activities, do follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@NookCosy) and Instagram (@cosynooklibrary).

Email: cosynooklibrary@gmail.com

Phone: 9513119420

Website: www.cosynooklibrary.com

CNL Newsletter – November 2020

Hello from Cosy Nook Library!

The monsoon is over, and a soft sunshine is bathing everything around us here in Bangalore. Our two libraries have been buzzing with hundreds of books being issued and returned in the last month. We are delighted that our members are reading so much, and many thank yous are due to the parents for being so involved in their reading journey. Your feedback and encouragement have lifted our spirits again and again.

On the Green took a break in October. However, we were still as busy!

In a first for us, the publishers Talking Cub (the children’s imprint of Speaking Tiger Books) collaborated with us to do a digital launch of their new book A Bend in Time: Writings by Children on the COVID-19 Pandemic. Cosy Nook Library hosted the 12 writers whose work is featured in the book. Ranging from age 9 to 19, these young writers were interviewed by Librarian Radhika, and spoke about their writing journey, and their thoughts and feelings about the pandemic. It was a beautiful, thought-provoking event attended by an audience of nearly a 100.

Watch the video of the book launch here: Book Launch: A Bend in Time

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Our grand November event!

Everyone’s favourite comics magazine Tinkle celebrates 40 years this Children’s Day. And to celebrate, they have collaborated with Cosy Nook Library for an exclusive art workshop! Conducted by Savio Mascarenhas, the Art Director of Tinkle Studios and Amar Chitra Katha, over 90 minutes the  participants will learn how to create their own comics. This is a fantastic opportunity and huge honour for the Cosy Nook family. 

Do sign up for this workshop here: https://bit.ly/cnltinkle

Session fee: Rs. 500; Sibling discount fee: Rs. 300

Details here:

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It’s Raining Books!

Some of the new books added to the libraries last month:

1.     The Tower of Nero, Rick Riordan, age 10+

2.      The Grand Chapati Contest, Asha Nehemiah, age 6+

3.      The Secret Life of Debbie G., Vibha Batra, age 14+

4.      A Bend in Time: Writings by Children on the COVID-19 Pandemic, various authors, age 10+

5.      Queen of Earth, Devika Rangachari, age 12+

6.      Isapuram Tales Book 1 and 2, Anita Satyajit, age 6+

Our Recommendations

Every month we choose our top picks from the over 5000 titles available on our library shelves. Here are our picks for October!

Sudeshna: A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

I had heard about this cult classic book for long, and finally at the urging of a friend I picked up a copy from our own library shelves. And how much I loved it! I read it in one long, breathless and tearful gulp. Thirteen-year-old Conor is being visited by the same nightmare every night. Then one day, he meets a monster. The yew tree outside his window walks up to him and demands to talk to him. He thinks this is yet another nightmare, but no, it is all too real. As the monster visits him again and again stories come tumbling out—both told by the monster and from Conor’s own life. Pushed further and further to confront head-on all that is going on in his life—his mother’s illness, his grandmother’s sternness, his father’s absence, his own bullying—Conor reaches a point where the only thing that will redeem him is his own worst nightmare.

Dark, tender, brutal and absolutely beautiful, A Monster Calls won the Carnegie Medal and has been made into a graphic novel and a movie. But first read the book. Ideal for readers 14 years and above.

Anitha: The Borrowers, Mary Norton

Have you ever wondered where all your things mysteriously disappear? You swear you had so many pencils or crayons or erasers or hair-clips or safety pins, but when you really need them, you can’t find a single one! Someone’s been taking them for sure, don’t you think?

Psst! The secret is out…they’ve all been taken by the Borrowers!

The Borrowers by Mary Norton was written in 1952, yet still makes for such a great read! Of course, some things are a bit difficult to understand because it’s set in a different time, but the story completely draws you in. Arrietty Clock is curious about the world outside her cosy home; her busy and nervous mother Homily is enthralled by new furniture, but is also instrumental in getting Arrietty to read and write; her father Pod Clock is a first-rate Borrower and knows all the tricks of the trade. But disaster strikes when first Pod and then Arrietty are “seen”! What will happen to their home? Will the cruel Mrs. Driver drive them away? And what about the Boy? Can he help them at all?

The book transports you to a completely different world, yet the anxieties and worries about home and hearth are universal and strike a chord. The descriptions are so lovely that you can imagine the scenes perfectly. An absolutely charming book that’s worth all the awards it has won. Do read it! The book is ideal for readers 8 years and above.

Radhika: The Grand Chapati Contest, Asha Nehemiah

 The king is a happy king. He’s never upset or sad, unless his chapatis are not fluffy and puffy. Nothing bothers this king, except imperfect chapatis. But, one day, the palace’s chief chapati chef leaves to become a holy man, and the king has no one to make him fluffy puffy chapatis. The queen doesn’t make chapatis, but has the best solutions. She decides to have a contest, a Grand Chapati Contest to find the best chapati maker in the kingdom.

Little Meena, who lives with her father, a peanut seller and her mother, a super chapati maker, hears about this contest. She dreams of her mother winning the contest and getting many gold coins and the job of the palace chapati maker to the king!

Does Meena’s mother win the contest, does she get the job and the gold coins? You must read this lovely book by Asha Nehemaih to find out. In true Asha’s writing style, the book is full of little details, humour and little pieces of wisdom quietly tucked in.

The illustrations by Chetan Sharma, capture the personalities of all the characters that Asha has created and make the book extra special.

The Grand Chapati Contest is an offering from Duckbill in their Hook Book series. A perfect choice for an independent emergent reader, the text, language and illustrations are just right. Do get this latest book from Asha Nehemaih for the little reader in your life. Ideal for readers 6 years and above.

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 October:

 October news!

Conversation with Sayantani Das Gupta, author of the Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series

Reading Nook: Picture books that comfort

Book Launch: A Bend in Time

Book Talk: The Secret Life of Debbie G.

Book Talk: The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha

Would you like us to make a video on a specific topic, or have suggestions? Do write to us!

If you wish to get real-time updates of our news and activities, do follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@NookCosy) and Instagram (@cosynooklibrary).

Email: cosynooklibrary@gmail.com

Phone: 9513119420

Website: www.cosynooklibrary.com

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CNL Newsletter – October 2020

 A happy October hello from Cosy Nook Library!

September was super fun for all of us at Cosy Nook Library. With exciting On the Green events, new books added in both libraries, and eventful library days every day we were open, we were busy busy busy as bees!

On the Green events for September

On the Green in September was one hands-on and creative session after another.

Aunty Jo told stories about Coconuts and Teachers, and every child (and librarian) got to learn how to spell their name in sign language!

Andaleeb Wajid’s storywriting session had everyone all excited, because she taught how to write a horror story in 50 words! Provided with some amazing prompts, the kids wrote stories that were gory and scary.

READD book club was all about animals this time, as we talked about books with animal protagonists. Everyone had an interesting book to talk about, and the session ended with a hilarious string story where kids got to give an entirely new twist to the classic The Wind in the Willows.

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Library will be closed from 10th to 17 October.

On the Green is taking a break in the month of October.

It will be back in November with a super exciting surprise!

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It’s Raining Books!

Some of the new books added to the libraries last month:

1.      Friends Behind Walls, Harshikaa Udasi, age 8+

2.      Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure, Jeff Kinney, age 9+

3.      Ha…Ha Hasya, Ashok Rajagopalan, age 10+

4.      No Time for Goodbyes, Andaleeb Wajid, age 12+

5.      Bad Guys, Aaron Blabey, (various books in the series) age 9+

6.      Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder, age 10+

7.      Myths of the Norsemen, Roger Lancelyn Green, age 10+

8.      Books by Erle Stanley Gardner about Perry Mason, age 13+

Our Recommendations

Every month we choose our top picks from the over 5000 titles available on our library shelves. Here are our picks for October!

Radhika: The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

This is a beautifully illustrated book by Eric Carle, with some superb storytelling.

Chameleon is just a happy guy, eating flies, changing colours and living his colourful life, until he visits a zoo one day. At the zoo, he sees so many interesting animals that he wants to be all of them! When his wish comes true and he does become a little of this animal and a little bit of that, he realises, he cannot do what he loves to do most! What is it, you ask? Read the book!

This book is perfect on many levels. It can be used to teach and discuss various animals and colours. The repetitive text helps build sight vocabulary in early and emergent readers. But the greatest takeaway from the book is a profound and pertinent message for the child and the adult reading with the child.

Forty years after it was first published, The Mixed-Up Chameleon remains a very relevant picture book. I have used it extensively in my classroom over the years and with my own children. So, pick up that copy now for a fun read, Eric Carle style.

Sudeshna: A Cloud Called Bhura by Bijal Vachharajani

Mumbai wakes up one morning to find a huge brown cloud hovering over the city. It seems to be made up of every kind of pollutant humans have pumped into the air. Four friends, Amni, Tammy, Mithil and Andrew start finding out more about the cloud that the media calls Bhura Cloudus. It contains noxious gases, causes scalding rain to fall, makes birds flee the city, and suffocates every living thing. As the groan-ups start blaming each other, it is up to the children to find a way to save their beloved city.

A Cloud Called Bhura was awarded the AutHER Book Award in the Children’s category in 2020, and shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award. It combines climate change, a mystery, an adventure, and is a call to children everywhere to think and act for the environment. Funny and thought-provoking, this is a fantastic read for children age 10 and up.

Anitha: Flyaway Boy by Jane De Suza

This book cannot be put in a box with a label. Is it a story for kids or adults? Is it the story of Kabir or Ma and Pa or Kavni or Chinmoy? Is it adventure or mystery? Is it about kindness or imagination and creativity? Children will recognize themselves, adults will not just recognize themselves but the children they once were. A gentle story that nudges us to think out of the box, strip all our labels, and follow the line that will take you to all sorts of places, if you let it; a  funny story that makes you laugh and cry at the same time; characters that stay with you long after the book is closed: Flyaway Boy is all this and more. As Alok rightly says, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So I strongly urge you to dive into this remarkable, magical book yourself, and create your own story. You will love it! For 9 years and above. 

In the media

We added further videos to our YouTube channel, from book recommendations to author conversations, to our brand new section: Book Talk, where a book’s creator will be the one talking about her/his book!

Here are our September videos:

Books on Libraries

Book Talk with Harshikaa Udasi on her new book Friends Behind Walls

Books Featuring Animals

Conversation with Ashok Rajagopalan creator of the Gajapati Kulapati series and more

Would you like us to make a video on a specific topic, or have suggestions? Do write to us!

If you wish to get real-time updates of our news and activities, do follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@NookCosy) and Instagram (@cosynooklibrary).

Email: cosynooklibrary@gmail.com

Phone: 9513119420

Website: www.cosynooklibrary.com

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CNL Newsletter – September 2020

 Hello from Cosy Nook Library!

A warm September hello from Cosy Nook Library!

It was a busy August for us, and we hope September will bring even more books, more activities, and more fun.

 Read more about Club GReadY shenanigans here.

On the Green: September events

Thank you for your enthusiastic participation in our August On the Green online events.

We have another exciting line-up for September.

As always, you can opt for all 3 sessions at a discounted rate of Rs 400/-

How to sign up: Fill in this form https://bit.ly/cnlcgreg

You can call or email us for any further details about the sessions

Storytelling with Aunty Jo: A Mixed Bag of Stories

Come join in for a fun-filled session of stories about coconuts and teachers, and even learn some sign language!

Jyothi Kunjoor has conducted over 1500 storytelling sessions. She is a certified professional storyteller from Kathalaya, an internationally accredited institute for storytelling. She has performed at Bethany High, Bethany Junior School, Valley School, Indus International Pre-School, India International Pre-School, St. Paul’s School, Cosy Nook Library, Hippocampus and Crossword.

For ages: 5+

Session date: 6 September 2020

Timing: 11 am-1230 pm

Session fee: Rs 150

Short Fiction – Horror Writing Workshop

Ever wondered how words can be spooky? How can they send chills up your spine? Join this interactive workshop with Andaleeb Wajid to write creepy stories in 50 words or less! 

Andaleeb Wajid is a hybrid author having published 25 novels in the past 10 years. She writes in genres like romance, horror, and young adult. Her novels – House of Screams and The Tamanna Trilogy have been optioned for screen in 2020. Andaleeb is a full time writer and lives in Bangalore. 

For ages: 6+

Session date: 13 September 2020

Timing: 11 am-1230 pm

Session fee: Rs 150

The ReaDD or Read, Discuss, Debate Book Club with Radhika Aunty

Join librarian Radhika Mantri at the book club, where we will discuss chosen books, authors, or themes. ReaDD Book Club will not only help children hone their reading skills, but also build their confidence and help them articulate their thoughts.

Our theme for the month is: Books with Animal Characters (fiction and non-fiction)

For ages: 8+

Session date: 20 September 2020

Timing: 11 am-1230 pm

Session fee: Rs 150

It’s Raining Books!

We added books for all ages in our libraries. Here are some highlighted titles.

1.      Kalicha Kulicha, Gajapati Kulapati, Ashoka Rajagopalan, age 2+

2.      The One and Only Bob, Kate Dicamillio, age 9+

3.      Nimmi’s Bizuper Birthday, Shabnam Minwalla, age 9+

4.      Victory Song, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, age 10+

5.      Habber-Jabber-Law, Sukumar Ray, age 8+

6.      The Six Spellmakers of Dorabji Street, Shabnam Minwalla, age 9+

7.      What Maya Saw, Shabnam Minwalla, age 12+

8.      Wings of Fire books 1-5, Tui T. Sutherland, age 10+

Our Recommendations

Every month we choose our top picks from the over 5000 titles available on our library shelves. Here are our picks for August!

Anitha: Rasha: Little Girl, Big Heart by Muhammed Zafar Iqbal (translated by Arunava Sinha) 

Set in Bangladesh, this is the story of Rasha, a feisty young teenager who suddenly finds herself plucked out of her urban cocoon and transported to the heart of the countryside. She encounters a host of interesting characters as she tries to adjust to a new life with her apparently mad grandmother. The lush rural landscapes come alive and transport you to another world, as Rasha gets her act together. Rasha makes you root for her with her pragmatic approach to overcoming any curveballs life might throw her way. Whether it’s rowing a boat to school or winning a contest, exposing a child marriage or uncovering a historic secret that has lain hidden for years, this lovely story takes you on a gentle heartwarming journey. A book that’s perfect for rainy afternoons.

Sudeshna: Victory Song, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

 Chitra Banerjee is known for her books for adults. But like most good writers, she has also written for children. This is one of those books, written earlier in her writing career, and ideal for a reader who is about 9+. It is set in the year 1939, when India’s freedom movement is raging. Neela is a little girl who lives in a Bengal village. Her world turns upside down when her father, who was part of the freedom struggle is arrested. Neela is determined to not let the British take her father away to the distant and feared Andaman Island prison. But what can one young child do? Turns out, a lot. Neela travels all the way to Calcutta, to find a way to contact her father and free him. Will she succeed in this arduous task? This book is a rollicking adventure story imbued with the spirit of do or die that characterised our glorious independence movement. It is inspiring and entertaining, and I recommend it to all our library members.

Radhika Mantri, Habber-Jabber-Law, Sukumar Ray (translated by Arunava Sinha)

Originally called Haw-Jaw -Baw-Raw-Law, this book by Sukumar Ray is part of every Bengali child’s life. People and words from it are referred to as characters and idioms through adulthood. Thanks to Talking Cub Books and translator Arunava Sinha, the book is now available for non-Bengali readers too.

It is a seemingly nonsensical story that just happens to an eight-year-old boy on a very hot day. When he reaches for his handkerchief to wipe his sweat, he finds it is a cat! The book just takes you on a wild ride from there. It is full of fantastic creatures that say absurd things…that are not really absurd.

This book is so intelligent and so layered and nuanced, that it can be read by literally anyone, of any age, but will give every reader a different takeaway. The satire is brilliant, as is the nonsense conversation.

I will recommend this book for every child and the parents of that child.

In the media

Librarian Sudeshna wrote about Cosy Nook Library’s journey so far and through the pandemic, for Scroll’s ongoing series on Publishing and the Pandemic. You can read the article here.

Our YouTube channel is growing steadily, and we are delighted by the feedback from all of you. We are also happy that many of you are issuing the books that we talk about in the videos.

Here are our August videos:

Friends and Books

Picture Books that Make Us Giggle

Independence Day Special

Conversations at Cosy Nook, with Khyrunnisa A, author of Butterfinger series and more

Would you like us to make a video on a specific topic, or have suggestions? Do write to us!

If you wish to get real-time updates of our news and activities, do follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@NookCosy) and Instagram (@cosynooklibrary).

Email: cosynooklibrary@gmail.com

Phone: 9513119420

Website: www.cosynooklibrary.com

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Club Gready: On the Green – August 2020

Storytelling

Aunty Jo regaled her listeners, drawing on traditional tales from Karnataka and Bundelkhand. There was a super fun and super competitive quiz too, and the participants amazed us with their general knowledge on everything to do with India.

Art Workshop

Savio Mascarenhas, Art Director of Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle Studios, conducted a fantastic and entertaining workshop. He led the children (and some adults) step by step as everyone drew beloved Tinkle characters Suppandi, Shikari Shambhu, and Tantri the Mantri. The participants were so engrossed that the workshop could have lasted for another hour at least!

Book Club

The theme for ReaDD Book Club was Non-Fiction. Every child who participated spoke about non-fiction books they had read and loved lately. It was a lively and very informative session and lots of notes on good books were exchanged with great energy.

Here is a list of books talked about:

  1. A Really Short History of Everything, Bill Bryson
  2. The Teenage Diary of Razia Sultan, Anitha Murthy
  3. DK All About Dinosaurs
  4. Maps
  5. Battles and Warriors, Subhadra Sen Gupta
  6. Rabindranath Tagore, Bhagat Singh, Amar Chitra Katha
  7. Warriors for Freedom, Amar Chitra Katha
  8. The Story of Tutankhamen
  9. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
  10. The Big Earth Book
  11. Great Folk Tales of the World, Anitha Murthy
  12. Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
  13. Gangamma’s Gharial, Shalini Srinivasan
  14. The Teenage Diary of Nur Jahan, Deepa Agarwal
  15. We, the Children of India, Leila Seth
  16.  A Gardener in the Wasteland, Srividya Natarajan

Our September calendar is really exciting! Have you signed up yet?

CNL Newsletter – August 2020

Hello from Cosy Nook Library!

It was an eventful month for us in July, and now we are back, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, for an even more exciting August!

We had a wonderful start to our On the Green online events in July. The sessions were attended by enthusiastic and happy children and for 1.5 hours, they remained rivetted by the storytelling, writing workshop, and the book club. Read more about Club GReadY shenanigans here.

On the Green: August events

Our August line-up of events is super exciting

You can opt for all 3 sessions at a discounted rate of Rs 400/-

How to sign up: just fill in this form https://bit.ly/cnlcgreg

You can call or email us for any further details about the sessions.

Storytelling with Aunty Jo

East or West, India’s folktales are the best!

Join Aunty Jo as she takes you on an exciting trip around the country and celebrate vibrant India with some fun-filled, musical folktales. Dress up in saffron, white or green and participate in our India-themed quiz!

 Jyothi Kunjoor has conducted over 1500 storytelling sessions. She is a certified professional storyteller from Kathalaya, an internationally accredited institute for storytelling. She has performed at Bethany High, Bethany Junior School, Valley School, Indus International Pre-School, India International Pre-School, St. Paul’s School, Cosy Nook Library, Hippocampus and Crossword.

For ages: 5+

Session date: 9 July 2020

Timing: 11 am-1230 pm

Session fee: Rs 150

Fun Time with Tinkle Toons

Savio Mascarenhas, Artist and Illustrator at Amar Chitra Katha, will teach you how to draw your own comic panel!

Welcome to the topsy turvy world of Tinkle comics where you let your imagination go wild, and learn how to draw characters like Suppandi and Shikari Shambu in your own little comic panel. 

 Savio Mascarenhas firmly believes that ‘comics are a gateway to an alternate universe’. He has spent the past 26 years with Shambhu and Suppandi and the legends and lores in the Amar Chitra Katha world. At Tinkle he was a partner in creating some amazing characters like Mopes and Purr, Janoo and Wooly Woo, Super Suppandi, and Little Shambu.

His favourite character is Shikari Shambu that he has been drawing for the past 20 years, continuing from the legendary Vasant Halbe who created the character in 1980.

For ages: 6+

Session date: 16 August 2020

Timing: 11 am-1230 pm

Session fee: Rs 150

The ReaDD or Read, Discuss, Debate Book Club with Radhika Aunty

Join librarian Radhika Mantri at the book club, where we will discuss chosen books, authors, or themes. ReaDD Book Club will not only help children hone their reading skills, but also build their confidence and help them articulate their thoughts.

Our theme for the month is: NON-FICTION

Bring your favourite non-fiction book to the club and tell us all about it. It can be a book on science, history, wildlife, people, quiz…anything!

For ages: 8+

Session date: 23 August 2020

Timing: 11 am-1230 pm

Session fee: Rs 150

Launching our YouTube Channel

Cosy Nook Library now has its own YouTube channel! Follow us for book recommendations, book talk, author interviews, and more.

Here are our first few videos.

On picture books that deal with unusual feelings and topics

On chapter books that are fun and highly recommended by us

On Friends and Books. Our very latest.

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Books! Books! And more books!

The librarians had a jolly time indeed browsing at the amazing Lightroom Bookstore, and came back armed with many bags full of books.

A glimpse of some new titles:

1. The Scarecrows’ Wedding, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, age 5+

2. Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear, by Martin Waddell, age 5+

3. Halibut Jackson, David Lucas, age 5+

4. The Hook Books series from Duckbill, age 6+ (early fluency readers)

5. My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord, David Solomons, age 10+

6. Cogheart, Peter Bunzl, age 10+

7. A Slice of the Moon, Sandi Toksvig, age 10+

8. Mr Lemoncello’s All-Star Breakout Game, Chris Grabenstein, age 9+

9. Lalani of the Distant Sea, Erin Entrada Kelly, age 10+

10. Kick, Mitch Johnson, age 10+

Our Recommendations

Every month we choose our top picks from the over 5000 titles available on our library shelves. Here are our picks for August!

Radhika Sathe Mantri: Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran 

Celebrated and much-loved author Alice McLarran and two-time Caldecott Medal winner Barbara Cooney bring to life this very beautiful, simple, yet profound picture book. Based on the author’s mother’s childhood in Arizona, Roxaboxen is a beautiful ode to children and their imagination.

The book celebrates a magical, imaginary world called Roxaboxen created by Marian and her friends. Here, they create a whole new social order that is fair and just, with only rocks, cacti, wooden crates and that most important ingredient, imagination! 

The illustrator Barbara Cooney brings to life the children and the world of Roxaboxen, as well as the deserts of Arizona with a most beautiful palette of colours.

This is a book to read to and with our children. Roxaboxen reminds us that, left to themselves, and without a structured free time, children can create amazing and beautiful worlds for themselves.

Anitha: Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is an author that everyone simply must read! His stories for both children and adults are very enjoyable indeed.

 Esio Trot is perfect for children beginning to read chapter books. Mr. Hoppy and Mrs. Silver are two of the nicest people. Mr. Hoppy is an old man who loves Mrs. Silver, but is too shy to tell her. Mrs. Silver is an old lady who loves her tortoise Alfie, but just wishes he would grow bigger quickly. Does Alfie ever grow bigger? What plans does Mr. Hoppy have? Do they all live happily ever after? This book answers all these questions in the most fun way. Don’t miss it!

Sudeshna Shome Ghosh: The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf

There are some books that are as funny and action-packed as they are timely and meaningful. This multiple award-winning book is one of those. Set in contemporary Britain, it’s told from the perspective of a 9 year old who one day finds a strange new boy in her class. This boy, Ahmet, doesn’t speak much, and clearly has a very interesting past. The narrator is determined to make friends with him and find out all she can about him. But even as she does that, she realises that Ahmet is no ordinary classmate, and his past holds a terrible tragedy. Now it is up to the kids to try and fix what they can of the mess that is Ahmet’s life. Filled with the innocence of childhood, hilarious adventures, memorable characters, this book is about friendship, kindness, and never giving up even if adults always say you should! 

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Club Gready: On the Green – July 2020

Aunty Jo held over 25 children enthralled with her hilarious stories on the theme of RAIN.

Children got to sing along with her, did a rain dance, and also learnt how to make a rainmaker!

At the Writing Workshop with Anitha Murthy, she took the children step-by-step through the process of creating a story. From thinking up of characters, fleshing them out, ideas on plots, how to add action and excitement to stories, the kids learnt it all. Each participant was invited to send their story to Anitha later on email and she provided personalised feedback to them.

The ReaDD Book Club got off to a flying start with children eagerly presenting and discussing the book they had recently read. The theme for the month was INDIAN AUTHORS.

Each and every book was fascinating and touched a chord with the child.

Here is a list of books talked about:

  1. Lucky Girl, Shabnam Minwalla
  2. Nimmi’s Spectabulous Schooldays, Shabnam Minwalla
  3. The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club, Alex Bell
  4. Land of Stories series, Chris Colfer
  5. Looking for the Rainbow, Ruskin Bond
  6. The Feluda Omnibus, Satyajit Ray
  7. Panther’s Moon, Ruskin Bond
  8. Fart Powder
  9. Akbar Birbal
  10. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
  11. The Girl Who Went to the Stars, Ishita Jain, Naomi Kundu
  12. A Harappan Adventure, Sunila Gupte
  13. The Magic of the Lost Temple, Sudha Murty
  14. Let’s Explore Humayun’s Tomb, Narayani Gupta
  15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Third Wheel, Jeff Kinney
  16. The Kaziranga Trail, Arup Kumar Dutta
  17. The Blue Umbrella, Ruskin Bond
  18. Matilda, Roald Dahl
  19. Tigers for Dinner, Ruskin Bond
  20. Brave Women of India, Amar Chitra Katha
  21. The Serpent’s Revenge, Sudha Murty
  22. Wings of Fire series, Tui T. Sutherland
  23. Land of Black Gold, Herge
  24. The Missing Tiger Cub Adventure, Kalpana Swaminathan
  25. The Teenage Diary of Jodh Bai, Subhadra Sen Gupta
  26. Village by the Sea, Anitha Desai
  27. The Teenage Diary of Razia Sultan, Anitha Murthy
  28. The Adventures of Stoob series, Samit Basu

Watch out for our August calendar – we have exciting sessions planned!

CNL Newsletter – July 2020

Welcome to Club GReadY, and Cosy Nook Library’s monthly newsletter

Is this yet another dreary item for you to read every month?

Are we going to bore you to tears?

Are you going to be tempted to rush out and procure all the books we mention here?

No, no and a big, resounding YES.

With this newsletter we hope to be directly in touch with each of you and tell you what’s happening at the library each month. This newsletter will bring to you:

  • Library activities. 
  • New book news. 
  • Book recommendations.

We hope you will enjoy receiving this missive from our desk to yours, and it will help you put aside work from home worries, online school worries, mommy I’m bored and daddy what’s for dinner worries, and catch up on the books and activities Cosy Nook Library has to offer. 

Just in case you are wondering who is Cosy Nook Library, here is a link to our website. It will tell you who we are (a children’s library in Bangalore), what we do (we run two libraries just for children), and what gets us excited (reading, books, seeing kids read, turning kids into voracious readers, books, oh did we mention books? Yes, books.)

July at Cosy Nook Library

We are delighted to present our brand new offering of online activities: On the Green.

On the Green is a monthly activity package in which you will get live, online storytelling, workshop/hands-on activities, and book clubs. All of these can be accessed from the comfort and safety of your homes. Many parents have spoken to us of their concerns about keeping children gainfully occupied. We hope with this we will connect with the children and help open new vistas of knowledge and creativity for them.

You can sign up for each of these sessions individually, or you can opt to buy a package for the month at a discounted rate.

For July, we present:

Storytelling with Aunty Jo

Let’s Do the Rain Dance with Aunty Jo!

Join Jo as she tells 3 stories on the theme of RAIN. Listen to her mesmerising storytelling, and do the activities with her.

Jyothi Kunjoor has conducted over 1000 storytelling sessions. She is a certified professional storyteller from Kathalaya, an internationally accredited institute for storytelling. She has performed at Bethany High, Bethany Junior School, Valley School, Indus International Pre-School, India International Pre-School, St. Paul’s School, Cosy Nook Library, Hippocampus and Crossword.

For ages: 5+

Session date: 5 July 2020

Timing: 11 am-1230 pm

Session fee: Rs 150

Writing Workshop with Anitha Murthy

Let your imagination soar as you weave stories magical and ingenious. Anitha Murthy will guide the participants, telling them how to construct a story, giving them writing prompts, writing tips and also providing feedback on the final story that they write. A golden opportunity to learn from a published author!

Anitha Murthy is a Bengaluru-based software consultant, and partner-cum-librarian at Cosy Nook Library. She has written in many genres, right from short stories and poetry, to humour and travel. Her books for children have been published by Talking Cub and Pratham Books. Her latest books are The Teenage Diary of Razia Sultan and Great Folk Tales of the World.

For ages: 6+

Session date: 12 July 2020

Timing: 11 am-1230 pm

Session fee: Rs 150

The ReaDD or Read, Discuss, Debate Book Club with Radhika Aunty

Run by our co-librarian Radhika Mantri, at the book club we will discuss chosen books, authors, or themes in a friendly and safe online space. ReaDD Book Club will not only help children hone their reading skills, but also build their confidence and help them articulate their thoughts. Mostly, it will be a lot of fun, as no child has ever walked away from Radhika’s book club without turning into a book monster. 

For ages: 8+

Session date: 19 July 2020

Timing: 11 am-1230 pm

Session fee: Rs 150

You can opt for all 3 sessions at a discounted rate of Rs 400.

How to sign up: Call/Whatsapp or email us at the contacts given at the end of this newsletter.

New books at Cosy Nook

There was no lockdown on our enthusiasm in bringing wonderful new books to the library. We added over a 100 books in the month of June.

Here are some highlights. (Please note these titles are available across the two branches of Cosy Nook Library):

1. Rainbow Boys/Girls by Kamla Bhasin, illustrated by Priya Kuriyan. For age 5+

2. The Art Gallery on Princess Street, by Jerry Pinto, illustrated by Kripa. For age 8+

3. Kaya’s Journey, the Story of a 100-Year-Old Koi Fish, by Mila Kahon, illustrated by Paridhi Didwania. For age 6+

4. Malala; My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights, by Malala Yousufzai. For age: 9+

5. Happy Birthday, World! by Ruskin Bond. For age: 8+

6. Gravepyres School for the Recently Deceased, by Anita Roy. For age: 10+

7. Bear Grylls Adventures: A Blizzard Challenge, by Bear Grylls. For age: 8+

8. Being Gandhi, by Paro Anand. For age: 10+

9. Oddbird, by Anupa Lal, illustrations by Prabha Mallya. For age: 8+

10. The Swan Car of Nabha and Other Unusual Stories from History, by Mini Menon. For age 10+

Our Recommendations

Given the choice of over 2000 and 3000 titles at each of our libraries, we realize it can get a bit puzzling to choose the best books. Librarians Anitha, Radhika and Sudeshna love prowling the shelves and picking out just the perfect book that your child needs.

Here are our recommendations for the month:

Sudeshna: The Line Tender by Kate Allen 

Easily the most wonderful book I have read this year, and for a while lately. This tender, funny and sad young adult novel is a moving story of friendship and coming to terms with grief. It is the story of Lucy Everhart, as she tries to understand the work her marine biologist mother used to do, and the devastating loss that she suffers. Through her story we meet a cast of exceptionally drawn characters, and a story that takes us right into the deepest reaches of the human heart. The physical copy of this book is so beautiful that I recommend people read the printed book. But remember to keep a hanky or two nearby!

Anitha: Nimmi’s Spectabulous Schooldays by Shabnam Minwalla

Nimmi’s Spectabulous Schooldays is an absolute riot of a book. It starts with Nimmi Daruwala waking up to the first day of Grade 6 and thinking all sorts of thoughts. The ride in the school bus, the best friend who seems to have moved along to a more popular gang, a favourite teacher bring replaced by  a not-so nice one…all the things one can easily relate to make the book such a lovely read. The laughs are a-plenty and every character, whether it is the exuberant principal or the cool band guy  is memorable. This book does its juju on you and the best part is that there are two more books in the series that you can enjoy with Nimmi.

Radhika: The Swan Car of Nabha and Other Unusual Stories from History by Mini Menon

My recommendation for this month is this book which is full of geography, palaeontology, cars, kings, nawabs, and more. We learn about drifting continents, dinosaurs with Sanskrit names, royal dogs getting married in pearls and diamonds with hundreds of guests and so much more! The story about Gautama Buddha’s ashes at a museum in Patna, Bihar was a revelation to me. This book is full of history, of a time gone by, but the stories remain thrilling and fascinating even today. Although author Mini Menon has written the book in a very child-friendly manner, the book is equally enjoyable for adults. 

Only Connect

The librarians of Cosy Nook had a long, happy chat with one of our dear library friends as part of a podcast series. If you wish to hear why we set up Cosy Nook, our ideas about reading, books for children, and how to get children to read, you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANhma5kKT64&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3vlXVII5RWqkygPk99Tq5kUrnIz0P4o_qAfTi3wjGI5DPXH7l8rC7wFFQ

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On The Green Update (01-Mar-2020)

Cosy Nook Library’s Art On The Green was a super fun event!

There were enthusiastic children of all ages who participated. Adrija Ghosh, a young and an extremely talented and enthusiastic illustrator took the children on a lovely journey of how picture books are made. Each child then was guided to make their own picture book.

@oddrija_scribbles you rock!