Earlier this year when the team of curriculum designers at The Community Library Project and I first started speaking about the possibility of studying the role of informal spaces in young people’s lives, our research interests, though essentially looking at similar aspects, differed. While I was interested in looking at youth engagement in informal spaces, […]

Public libraries are not only centers for literary activity but also important sites for social activity and inclusion, and learning. Increasingly, the role of public libraries is being taken up by individual library practitioners and nonprofit organizations who often expand the role of libraries from being  just a space that provides access to books to […]

During the COVID-19 lockdown in India, along with schools and other educational institutions, public libraries too remained shut. While the impact of school closure due to COVID-19 on literacy and learning outcomes of school going children in India has already been taken up across multiple studies by researchers, educators and various government and non-government organizations, […]