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  Setting up a Library in Sitapur, U.P. in 2019  
  Creating a Children’s Library in Kanduni Village  
  In Sitapur District of Lucknow (U.P.)  
  AWIC, the Indian section of the international organization IBBY, was delighted when it was chosen to receive the IBBY Yamada Fund this year. The Yamada fund is given for the purpose of developing a book culture for children. This year a grant was given to AWIC for the purpose of setting up a library and conducting workshops to train librarians and others who would be working in it.  
  A team of four members, Indira Bagchi ,Ira Saxena, Vibala Rastogi and Pratibha Majumdar, from the  Association of Writers  and Illustrators (AWIC), went to a far off village  of Kanduni , in Sitapur  District  of Uttar Pradesh, to set up a library. Their partner in the project was the NGO ‘Social Action for Welfare & Cultural advancement’ (SWACA), which was founded  and nurtured by a young and dynamic couple  Sharat and Gunjan Chowdhary. This NGO is working for the overall development of Kanduni and educating the women of the village.  
  AWIC equipped the library with a large number of books suitable for children and young people. The list of books had been painstakingly drawn over a period of several months by AWIC members. A concious attempt had been made to ensure that the quality of the books was good in both production quality and content.  
  Ira Saxena, Virbala Rastogi and Indira Bagchi conducted several workshops with the teachers.Ira Saxena spoke on how books can be therapeutic in dealing with emotional and psychological issues. Indira Bagchi told the assembled teachers on how to set up a library and use it. Virbala Rastogi spoke from her vast experience of working with children with special needs. She gave guidance on how such children can be helped to develop while studying in the mainstream educational system. Later, interesting and interactive storytelling sessions were conducted for children.  
  Both children and adults showed tremendous enthusiasm for the library. The library will surely make a difference in the lives of the children of that area and AWIC can feel satisfied at a job well begun.  
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