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

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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.

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

Website: www.cosynooklibrary.com

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.