In this week’s roundup, we have some thoughts for you about libraries. First off, here’s a couple of thought-provoking pieces from the latest issue of Torchlight. Khushbu Prajapati writes about government school libraries in Odisha, and how funding and lack of space are impacting reading cultures among the students. Parul Kumtha discusses the relationship between the way library spaces are conceptualised and how they are used – paying particular attention to the experiences of children with special needs. What could a fully accessible and inclusive library look like? Find out here.
On Medium, Susan Orlean writes about her favourite library, and its very special librarian. In this heartfelt account, Orlean gets us thinking about the libraries that have shaped us as readers. Have a look at this excellent read here.
Moving on: at the end of May, world children’s literature lost one of its most loved and revered writer-illustrators. Judith Kerr, creator of the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came to Tea, was 95 when she passed away. Read about her life and work in this obituary by Julia Eccleshare in The Guardian.
Finally, if you’re in the mood for historical trivia, here’s a little something. Writing in PrintWeek, Som Nath Sapru gives us an overview of how Indian children’s literature evolved over the course of the late twentieth century, and hones in on specific people and organisations who had a watershed significance in shaping the industry.