Apeejay Anand Children’s Library

In 1992, a door opened in Kolkata to a room with murals on its walls, dolphins painted on its ceiling, a stage for performances, chairs and tables in rainbow colours, hundreds of books, magazines, puzzles and toys. Curious street children peeked in. Used to dirty back alleys of Park Street, they saw a series of queer alleyways between shelves lined with books, that invited them to come in and explore. Since that day in 1992 the Apeejay Anand Children's Library set up in loving memory of Anand Paul [1972-1989], became the safe haven that protected their reveries, gave flight to what they had thought were just fanciful day dreams. Conceptualized as a visually exciting and happy space that draws kids in, Apeejay Anand Children's Library, has over the years, become stimulating learning stations. Apeejay Schools host the Apeejay Anand Children's Libraries. The mission of the Anand Library grows in more ways than one. Apeejay Trust is directly collaborating with NGOs in other cities who care for urban and poor children :- Anand Libraries have opened in NCR at a 24 hours shelter home for Boys, a 24 hours shelter home for girls run by Salaam Baalak Trust in Gurugram and at a 24 hour shelter home for girls in Najafgarh, in Kolkata’s Khidirpur Docks in a Shelter Home run by ApneAap and in Chandigarh at a Shelter Home run by Vatsal Chaya Trust. The Libraries are a unique Education Support Program that also helps Apeejay Education Trust under which Apeejay Schools are run to identify and sponsor education of talented children from underprivileged backgrounds

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