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).

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Phone: 9513119420

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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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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.

Like, Subscribe and Share these!

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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Email: cosynooklibrary@gmail.com

Phone: 9513119420

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