Indian army transforms bus stand to ‘street library’ for Jammu and Kashmir children

The ‘street library’ has a notice board which is used to announce the arrival of new books. As per reports, students have already started demanding some books which the Army is trying to procure in the market or through some NGO.

The Army has converted an old bus stand in a village in South Kashmir into a ‘street library’ to support students of neighbouring areas to prepare for competitive exams and other higher studies. The library which was set up in February by the 18 Rashtriya Rifles of the Army became popular among the students of Ranipura, Chittisigpura, Kejrival and Devipora villages, officials mentioned. 

The street library encourages the students from higher classes and a younger lot from primary classes, to grab a book and dive into the world of education. It opens early in the morning and within no time many young kids started visiting the bus stand. They also flocked to the other storybooks which have been donated by 2-Sector Headquarters of the Rashtriya Rifles which is created out of the army for fighting terrorism in the hinterland. The bus stand located at Devipora-Chittisingpora junction in Anantnag district has now become a hub of knowledge.

Reportedly the army unit has also tied up with ‘Books of India’ society which has agreed to supply some books. They have also kept a ‘book jar’ to help students pick up a slip of paper and take out a book ranging from realistic and historical fiction, science, romance, fantasy or mystery books.

Back in 2016, the bus stand was burnt down by miscreants. A quote from famous American writer Sidney Sheldon, “Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.” was an inspiration for establishing the library. 

The ‘street library’ has a notice board which is used to announce the arrival of new books. As per reports, students have already started demanding some books which the Army is trying to procure in the market or through some NGO.