To inculcate an interest in reading amongst children, Manana in partnership with AWIC (Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children) has started a Children’s library in 2009 with the specific aim to provide books to underprivileged children. Manana’s Support School Programme seeks to promote its goal of reaching out to children who otherwise cannot access such a facility, and develop in them, a habit of reading and book culture.
Housed in Manana, the Children’s library has a vast collection of story books on history, nature, science, and mythology, including tales from the Panchatantra and Jataka. These are both in Hindi and English, and are suitable for various age groups. Besides nurturing an interest in reading, the vivid illustrations in the books also arouse the young readers’ imagination and creativity. The library is open to children from 1.30 to 4.30 in the afternoon, every weekday.
The AWIC is the Indian Section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and has been active for the past 25 years in India. It has won the prestigious IBBY Asahi Reading Promotion Award in the year 1991.