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  Project Name


tnsf library project



TNSF (Tamil Nadu Science Forum)



Literacy and Education



tamilnadu 50 blocks



Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


$ 2190


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Archana Iyer
Ravi Devarasetty


Penn State









The idea behind the program is simple and (hopefully) self sustaining. Initially a TNSF volunteer tries to excite interest among the villagers for a library by means of an informal session with books and story telling. A response of ten-twenty villagers is sufficient to form a village library which can then register with the central office for a payment of Rs10. A one time registration fee of Rs10 and a monthly payment of Rs2 per member helps the village library to order books from the main office. For the initial round, to help encourage the movement the libraries get a free one year subscription to Thulir (a childrens science magazine) Magalir Sinthanai (womens magazine) and Arivu-Thendral (neo-literate newspaper).










To fil the lacuna in the field of good, affordable tamil books for neo-literates and children. Also simultaneously use the books to educate the villagers on issues of health small enterprises, science education natural resources and promote ideas of empowerment.



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