Reviving reading one book at a time in Phek Town Nagaland, India.
‘Pick A Book’- a community-based Street Library project was founded by Vezito Tetseo and was officially opened on the 30th of January 2021. It’s not just a Street Library but a community space where both young and old people can come together to read, interact and exchange ideas. It is a feast for the eyes to see so many people reading and enjoying each other’s company.
One of Vezito’s key objectives is to enhance the literacy rate in the state, starting at the grassroots level by encouraging students to visit the Street Library by giving them easy free access to books that are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. “Everyone including students, in particular, are welcome to read books in our street library,” Tetseo said while adding that certain books and novels written by prominent authors would also feature in the project’s official Instagram page @pickabookastreetlibrary for avid readers.
Since the opening of the Street Library, avid readers from villages around Phek Town have started visiting their Street Library to see how it operates and hopefully inspire them to start one in their own village. They have estimated that over 30 people have visited their Street Library every day to share and take a book.
“To make this journey successful, I request each and every one of you to continue to support our initiative. It may be small, but together we can make a difference towards building a better community for a brighter future prospect,” Tetseo said.
Here is Phek Town Street Library motto:
- A space for learning
- A space that welcomes everyone
- Space where it nurtures your mind
- Space where you discover yourself.
- A space that inspired and motivated.
- A space that brings out the best in you
- Builds community to connect with people