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!

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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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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!

Science On The Green

We are so happy to announce Science On The Green at Cosy Nook 2, this Sunday 9-Feb-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 scientists.