Bookworm's Newsletter | April 2024

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Frederick Noronha

Apr 13, 2024, 3:57:08 AMApr 13

March 2024 @ Bookworm

Dear Reader,

Greetings from Bookworm!

Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter. For those of you who have recently started following our work, here’s a little about us.

We are a library-based organisation with children’s libraries in three locations across Goa. Our biggest library is located in Fontainhas, Mala in Panjim. We have two community libraries in the villages of Aldona and Saligao. Our journey as a library began in 2005 and since then our work has enabled us to travel beyond Goa, through many initiatives and collaborations.

Presently, we have six programs that enable us to continue library work with children and adults. These are:

In the coming months, we hope to introduce our team members and bring you insights from each of these programs.

Celebrating Dalit History Month in the Library

April is celebrated as Dalit History Month in India and internationally. On this occasion we are happy to announce the sale of A Timeless Calendar : Honouring the Gap. This calendar is the outcome of a year-long research project titled, Facing Caste : Engaging with the Privileged,  undertaken by Sujata Noronha and Beena Choksi with a group of library educators, with a view to learning how to prepare for discussions on caste with children.

Choose this calendar as a learning resource for your library community and educational spaces to make visible what our curriculum, textbooks and ‘mainstream’ literature do not. It spotlights indigenous figures and landmark events for memory keeping and to give recognition to the lives and path-breaking struggles of anti-caste activists.

You can find a sample look and details to place an order for your copy here.

Findings from this study have been published in the peer reviewed journal Contemporary Education Dialogue published by Sage and can be read at this link.

If you are in Goa, please stop by the library and check out our current library display that celebrates Dalit History month through diverse children’s books from our shelves.

Purchase Books on DHM from The Burrow

The Burrow is Bookworm’s in-house book store which has a curated collection of books from Indian publishers for children and adults. Here’s a curated set you can choose from this month.

To place an order or to make enquiries please write to

Happy News: A NEW van
We entered the new financial year with our SECOND Travelling Library Van. We are grateful to the Bookworm Trust that enabled this new van and to Takshila India for sponsoring stickering and refurbishment. This ensures that we can keep driving towards our mission to reach books to more children across Goa.

If you have any suggestions for a new Travelling Library Site in South Goa, please write to us at

New Blog: Visual Arts in the Library
Sanika, our Visual Arts Educator, writes about the connection of the visual arts to the library and why we do what we do with children.

Read more on our blog!

Online Offerings 🔖

Open and free for all. Register here

Register here

Long Distance Membership

We are always happy to hear back from our long distance members 💌. So we were delighted when Bookworm friend and former faculty-mentor of the Library Educators’ Course (LEC), and now long distance member, Jane Sahi shared this extract after reading Finding Langston by Lisa Cline Ransome.

“What’s poetry about?” Clem asks.

“Poetry’s about a lot of things, I guess.”. . .

“ I like that it feels like……like someone is talking just to you. And that someone else  knows what it feels like being…….you. I can’t explain it….. ‘I ( Langston) say, feeling mad I can't say in words what I mean.

[Clem says] “So the poetry you read is a way of putting all the things you feel inside on the outside.”

Pp. 97-9

If you would like to sign up to be a long distance member, please click on this link to know more

Glimpses from March

Hum Hindustani : A Workshop for Teachers & Librarians by Samina Mishra

Hum Hindustani is a civic education research project led by author and educator Samina Mishra. For the past three years, Samina and her team have been using art to engage with children in India about big ideas related to citizenship, civil rights, and national identity. This project offered insight into the political imagination of diverse Indian children in grades 6-9 at three sites: ShaheenBagh, Rural Ferozpur, and Kitaab Mahal, Mumbai.

For this workshop, the topic of discussion was “Freedom to speak, to play, to think - children, Art, and Education.” The Bookworm team was joined by teachers from local schools in Goa and together we  explored many ideas and feelings through art and in dialogue with the facilitators, Samina Mishra and Vivek Vellanki.

Inter-Library Visit

Over the last two months, readers across our libraries have been participating in the Reading Challenge, where everyone reads and documents what they read in a shared reading log.

To raise the stakes and bring in more excitement, we invited children from the Vinay & Jean Kalgutkar Community Centre, Saligao to visit the Bookworm Library at Mala. Watch this reel to hear from children about their experiences.

Library Mentoring Support: On-site Visits

The Professional Development (ProD) team has been holding the Library Mentoring Support (LMS) project over the last one year, funded and supported by the H. T. Parekh Foundation. As we closed the year long engagement with partners, we travelled to their libraries to understand the shifts and changes brought about through this engagement.

Parcham Library team

Kalpakta Library team

Shaheed Bhagat Pustakalaya

Agaaz Library team

Hot off the Press!

LEC Alumna, Poornima’s article is featured in this month’s Teacher Plus magazine.

A journey of surprises by Poornima N (Alumni, LEC 2021-22).

Read more here

Bookworm Jumble - Save the Date

Yes! Bookworm’s much awaited Big Sale - The Jumble is back.

This year’s Jumble will be held on April 27 and 28 at the SAG, Campal. Don’t miss this Jumble Reel by our team - find out more details!

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