My School Library
A library is a must for a good school. No school is complete without a library. A well equipped library is a great asset to a school. It is equally useful for students and teachers both. It helps to develop reading habit. It increases their knowledge. For teachers, too, a school library is of great use. It is generally seen that inspite of the library facilities available in good schools, the students rarely take benefit out of it. Very few students and teachers are seen absorbed in studies in the libraries. The causes can be many. The work-load on the students is so much that they do not get any time to look for an extra book or the students are not duly encouraged to read books and magazines or they do not find the matter available in the books catering to their taste. Whatever the reason may be, the trend is quite unhealthy and needs attention.
We are fortunate to have a very good library in our school. Our school library is housed in a spacious room on ground floor. It is divided into two sections. One section contains books for students while in the other section there are reference books for teachers. The Reading Room is adjacent to the Library Room.
There are separate tables and chairs for students and teachers where they can sit and read books. the Reading Room has a large round table. Chairs are arranged around it. The Reading Room is supplied with a number of Newspapers and Magazines. There are six newspaper stands on which newspapers are placed. Magazines and journals are placed on the table. The Reading Room can accommodate more than fifty persons at a time.
There are more than fifteen thousand books in our school library. Books are arranged serially and subject-wise in almirahs. The name of the subject and that of the language are written on the almirahs. Each student is issued a Library Card. At a time, a student can get two books from the library. Books are issued for a period of two weeks. Dictionaries and reference books are not issued.
Books are issued to the students during school hours only. Each class has its turn once a week besides two periods a week are allotted to each class for the Reading Room. Students can read newspapers and magazines in their vacant periods and during the recess also.
Our librarian knows all the books in the library. He is very gentle and kind-hearted. He is always ready to guide the students in the selection of books. An assistant helps the librarian in his work.
Our school library is a place of great attraction for students as well as teachers. Most of the students devote their vacant periods to reading newspapers and magazines. This has helped a lot in improving the school discipline. Teachers to spend their spare time in the library. They refresh their knowledge. Thus high educational standards in our school are the result of an excellent library.