Library Newsletter January 2021

Hello from Cosy Nook Library!

It’s a brand new day, and a brand new year! Leaving the old behind, we step into year 2021. While 2020 held many lessons and messages for us, we are looking forward to the new year: to more books, more reading friends, and fresh challenges. We wish our Cosy Nook family the very best of health and happiness and peace for 2021.

2021, what we are looking forward to

Our libraries are open and bursting with books! Despite a pandemic and its challenges, we added more than 200 books over the last 6 months to our shelves, and our members have responded with enthusiasm, reading more and more and more!

We are happy to announce that starting 2021, we are open for longer hours.

New timings:

Cosy Nook Library, Raheja Residency: Tuesday and Friday, 3.30-5.30 pm

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

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.

Books! Books! Books! New on our shelves

1.   Mog on Fox Night, Judith Kerr, age 3+

2.   My Grandpa is Amazing, Nick Butterworth, age 3+

3.   My Grandma Is Wonderful, Nick Butterworth, age 3+

4.   I Broke My Trunk!, Mo Williems, age 5+

5.   Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Mo Williems, age 5+

6.   We’re All Wonders, R J Palacio, age 6+

7.   Happy Birthday X3, Libby Gleeson, age 7+

8.   The Lost Treasure, Jan Stradling, age 7+

9.   Robin Hood’s Day, Josephine Feene, age 7+

10.        Colly’s Barn, Michael Morpugo, age 7+

11.        April Fools Mr. Todd! Megan McDonald, age 8+

12.        Mrs. Moody in the Birthday Jinx, Megan McDonald, age 8+

13.        Willy Visits the Square World, Jeffrey Archer, age 9+

14.        Willy and the Killer Kipper, Jeffrey Archer, age 9+

15.        By Royal Appointment, Jeffrey Archer, age 9+

16.        Time Travelling with a Hamster, Ross Welford, age 10+

17.        Code Name Bananas, David Walliams, age 10+

Librarians Recommend

In the year 2020 we turned to books often for comfort and understanding. Here are the books that we recommend because these are the ones that gave us joy and brought warmth and much needed perspective on the year that was.

Radhika Sathe Mantri: Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan

The book that tops my list this year is not a children’s book at all, but rather a book about children’s books. This one may not be for our children, but definitely for the children we once were. Author Lucy Mangan takes us on a whimsical and sometimes very poignant journey in Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading

Lucy writes an account of her experiences as a reader, how books impacted her young life, how they shaped her as a person and we find what an universal and a shared experience books and reading can be. Whether it is discovering Enid Blyton for the first time, or looking past the mess in the cupboard to find Narnia, she writes about how certain classics are incredible and then some that give us nightmares into adulthood. Lucy also writes about the importance of libraries and how parents play such an important role in creating readers of the world.

Through this book we find how beautifully books unite us across countries and continents and time. As I read Bookworm, I met old friends in those pages, I met a young me and I also learnt so much about the history and about the superstars of children’s literature—the illustrators, the publishers and of course the writers.

I will recommend this book to anyone who loves children’s literature, who wants to take a trip down memory lane through a book, rediscover old favourites, and be reminded of the magic of books. Bookworm might make you run to your neighborhood library or your neighborhood bookstore, because that happened to me.

So, Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading, in one word is, enchanting!

Have a happy 2021. Let us read a lot with our children, create beautiful memories and stay sane and safe. Thank you for being a part of our library and our lives this past year. We are looking forward to 2021 with excitement and hope.

Sudeshna Shome Ghosh: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, Charlie Mackesy

If there ever was a book that could shine a light of hope in uncertain times and that brought to the fore our innermost fears and insecurities, while giving us the wings of upliftment in hope and happiness, it is this beautiful book. It is a series of reflections shared by four friends as they traverse landscapes together. Adorned with drawings in pen and ink that are quirky, masterful, and unforgettable, this is the perfect book to dip into any time of the day and year. I read and re-read it many times, sometimes just turning the pages to enjoy the beauty of the object I was holding. It is a book for anyone of any age, and one that should, at least once, be read with your child held close to you.

In the media

Have you subscribed yet to our Youtube channel for exclusive book recommendations, book conversations and more?

Book Talk with Ashok Rajagopalan, The Adventures of Gulgul

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Phone: 9513119420

Website: www.cosynooklibrary.com

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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Branching Out!

Cosy Nook Library’s second branch opened its doors on Sunday, January 26th at ILM Montessori in Koramangala 1st Block.

There were excited children, best-selling authors, illustrators, editors, book sellers, friends and family. It was the sort of party where we just wanted to give everyone a big giant hug for all the love and support we got. There were parents taking memberships, kids checking out books, storytelling, lots of catching up, and fun conversations, all over cups of masala chai, cool lemonade and delicious cake.

If you were at the party, a million thanks to you and if you weren’t… the library is open! Come visit us soon.

2019 Round-up

What an incredible year 2019 has been for Cosy Nook Library!

Here is a round-up of the events that happened this year.

February – Open Mic Poetry Slam, which featured not just poetry in English, but in Kannada and Awadhi as well!

March – Cosy Nook’s third birthday celebrations with a Book Club, where kids got to discuss their favourite books.

June – Two book launches: 20 Indians Who Changed the World by Shruthi Rao, and Great Folk Tales of the World by Anitha Murthy.

July – the winners of our Summer Reading Challenge went on a trip to Blossoms to pick up books for themselves as the prize.

August – The launch of A Cloud Called Bhura by Bijal Vachharajani.

September – Celebrated International Literacy Day by participating in Pratham Books Reading Champion programme, in which Gappu Can’t Dance by Menaka Raman was read.

October – Cosy Nook librarians began their weekly trips to Rajendrapura to interact and conduct reading programmes with children at the Swabhimana Community Center.

November – The third edition of Cosy Nook Children’s Literature Festival featuring Roopa Pai and Asha Nehemiah, and storytelling by Jyothi Kunjoor happened.

December – Cosy Nook Library announces the opening of a new library at ILM Montessori, 1st Block Koramangala! This will be operational from end of January 2020. Watch this space for more exciting news regarding the opening!

Next year promises new beginnings and loads of exciting events! Join us for a fun journey.

Cosy Nook Book Picks 2017

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Ever so often, gangs of children hang out at the library, enthusiastically discussing their favourite, must-read books. It is wonderful to see their excitement about new books, and we eagerly await their feedback and comments. We also often end up buying books for the library that they tell us about and spread the love for those books. We asked some children what their reading highlights for last year were, and here is a collection of reviews of books that struck a chord among the children. We are happy to note that most of these books are from Cosy Nook Library!

Cosy Nook Library Members’ Best Picks of 2017

1. Boyhood Days by Rabindranath Tagore
An amazing book which has spellbinding language, lovely descriptions of India with simple stories that can influence one’s childhood.
Omkar, age 12

2. A Children’s History of India by Subhadra Sen Gupta
This is a very interesting book about the history of India from ancient times till India after Independence, along with fun facts and nice illustrations.
Soham, age 12

3. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
My highlight series of the year was Eragon because it is not only about the main character but about everyone around. It has dragons, dwarves, elves, werecats and of course, humans. It is a must read for all the fiction lovers.
Smriti, age 13

4. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
It encourages you in subjects mostly taken by boys.
Milli, age 10

5. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and Brandon Dorman, Five Kingdoms by Brandon Mull
Fablehaven is an amazing book and should be one of the top 5 books. If you like Harry Potter, please read. Five Kingdoms is an epic series (for now only one book). MUST READ BOTH THESE SERIES!
Hritwik, age 10

6. Midnight Gang by David Walliams
A very heart-warming book. Shows kindness between children. One should learn to be caring to very sick people. Enjoyed it very much, was touched by it.
Sneha, age 11

7. The Ghost Hunters of Kurseong by Shweta Taneja, The Graveyard by Neil Gaiman
(Ghost hunters) A scary and fun book . I enjoyed this book because of the way she describes the characters. I loved the book.
(Graveyard) It is about a boy named Nobody Owens. I loved the book because the way Neil Gaiman writes is very fun to read for me.
Lara, age 10

8. Our Nana was a Nutcase by Ranjit Lal
It is a very heart-touching book. A perfect book for someone who loves and enjoys Ranjit Lal books.
Dhwani, age 14

9. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
The Red Pyramid was very interesting, creepy, mysterious oh! and AWESOME. Recommended for people who like Percy Jackson. I think they have to read it.
Shubh, age 9

10. Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
The Sword of Summer is very interesting and describes Magnus’ life and adventures through the world tree, how he defeated Surt, and how he stopped Fenrir from escaping his prison with the sword of summer.
Daksh, age 10

11. Wonder by R J Palacio
Should be read by all people who are about to start middle school. A very FUN story and all who love life between ages 8-12. Awesome book! 🙂
Avi, age 10

12. Manya Learns to Roar, Shruthi Rao
A thought provoking book on dealing with a disability (stammering) done with humour and insight. It is a good story with a memorable main character and will have the reader rooting for Manya to roar louder!
Sudeshna, age withheld, librarian

13. Ammachi’s Glasses by Priya Kuriyan
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this book is priceless! With no text, but absolutely hilarious illustrations, you can have endless fun following Ammachi’s misadventures when she misplaces her glasses.
Anitha, age withheld, librarian

14. The Gita for Children by Roopa Pai
My pick for a book that was both impactful, yet fun to read is Gita for Children by Roopa Pai. Roopa manages to make Bhagvad Gita an easy read without losing sight of its spiritual or cultural significance. I will recommend this book for children of all ages.
Radhika, age withheld, librarian

Announcing CNCLF 2017!

Cosy Nook Library is delighted to announce

Cosy Nook Children’s Literature Festival (CNCLF 2017)!!

Featuring:
  • Bestselling author Roopa Pai!
  • Acclaimed illustrator Priya Kuriyan!
  • Widely published Columnist, and Editor and Author Bijal Vachharajani!
  • Storytelling by our very own Jyothi!
  • Panel Discussion with parents and children!
  • A pop-up bookstore!
At CNCLF, children will
  • Interact with authors
  • Learn the art of illustrating
  • Listen to fun stories
  • Understand the process of writing and editing books
  • Participate in a panel discussion
  • Buy books and get them signed by the authors
CNCLF is a day-long festival and FREE for entry. It is open to all children over 6 years of age, up to teenagers. All parents and interested adults are invited too.
Date: 5 November 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 10 a.m. onwards
Venue: Party Hall, Raheja Residency
Requirements: Registration is a MUST. To register, please use the Contact form to send us an email, and we will mail you the Registration form.
DO NOT miss this wonderful opportunity to have your child spend a day among books, writing, art and more!