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

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).


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Club Gready: On the Green – August 2020


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?

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!

Art On The Green

We are so happy to announce Art On The Green at Cosy Nook 2, this Sunday 1-Mar-2020. More details are on the poster. Please do register ASAP, since we have limited seats for this activity based event. Looking forward to seeing a bunch of young artists.