Meena Gurung of Nirjuli, a small town in Arunachal Pradesh has started a ‘street library’ for readers. Not only this, she has also arranged for the readers to sit and read there. Meena Gurung is professionally a teacher in a government school. She says that “this street library has been started for only 10 days and is getting very positive response from the readers”. Apart from this, Meena has also expressed happiness that books have not been stolen from here for ten days without any locks. They also do not worry that books can be stolen from this library. She said that “Even if these books get stolen, I will be happy because whoever steals he or she will only use it for reading”.
Where did the inspiration came from?
Meena got inspiration from her street library from Mizoram’s ‘Mini Way Side Library’. A friend of her, Dewang Hosai graduated from English Hons, got the idea to start a street library with this friend.
Women and teenagers are the most people reading books from this library of Meena. Gurung has realized that teenagers like to sit in an open space and read books, so they will now lend these books to take home. She wants to cultivate a passion for studies in teenagers through her efforts. Meena dreams that a similar library should be opened in every small and big city of Arunachal Pradesh. In view of their efforts, many people have given books kept in their house to keep here so that more and more people can read them.
Financial assistance was also received.
Some people of the village also helped Meena financially so that she could buy good books to keep in this library. Meena says, “I hope that in view of my efforts, people from other states will also start a similar street library”.
Meena said that she is keen to work for the welfare of women and widows. Apart from this, she also wants to raise her voice against child marriage.