Saturday Morning with Illustrator Ranjan De – 12th November

We have a fantastic session at the library on 12th Nov. with Ranjan De, the illustrator of the much loved Picture book – Ikki Doki. Ranjan De is a designer-illustrator. He conducts creative workshops for children in puppetry, animation and paper sculptures. He is coming in tomorrow to conduct a session on ‘Cuppetry’!

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For those of you who have not yet been charmed by the book Ikki Dokki, here’s a review for you to read:http://www.saffrontree.org/2009/09/ekki-dokki.html. And for those of you who have this book, he would be happy to sign it for you!

Age – 6 to 10 years

Time – 11am to 12noon

Date- 12th Nov

Fee – Rs.500 per child

Venue- The Reading Caterpillar Library, F-24 second floor, Nizamuddin West.

To register please do drop in a mail at join@readingcaterpillar.com

This is the second session in the series of  monthly sessions (first Saturday of very month) that Delhi Storytellers Network will be conducting at the Library.

Ranjan De, a core group member of the Delhi Storytellers Network, is an illustrator, puppeteer and oral story reader, teller and creator of funny and whacky stories. And he is constantly busy with his hands creating and co-creating funky things with kids of all sizes and ages with all kinds of house hold junk that he finds all over the place. He has lots of learnshops and creates lots of fun learning activities, under the label of BridgingGaps in India.

 Delhi Storytellers’ Network (DSN) is a platform for professional storytellers based in the city and the NCR to congregate, collaborate, and commit to nurturing and developing the art form by exploring individual and collective possibilities. While enabling individual professional growth, it is committed to working with a focus on widening the scope of Storytelling to empower individuals and communities. The network is a mix of oral and visual storytellers, performers, dancers, musicians, artists, designers, writers and journalists and other individuals who use storytelling in its various avatars. 

DSN has 12 active members…and we are adding more every month… and we have been working with schools, corporates, NGOs and International bodies like the UNICEF, publishing houses, media houses and design institutions. DSN has a cumulative experience of 130 years.

And then there is the Banned Book Week

Did you know that this is the Banned book Week?

From the early classics to some recent books, the list grows. Or at least the discussion around it. A blanket ban on some , a proposed one on a few and arguments all along.

From The story of Ferdinand (1936) to the more recent talk around the book ‘I am Jazz’ By Jessica Herthel,(2014) children’s book authors have had a political voice. And how can they not! Munro’s book about the bull Ferdinand was banned in Spain as it was considered anti regime  and showed his political leanings. ‘I am Jazz’ is a real life story of a transgender child Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere. This beautiful and sensitively written book has been debated upon. Should we or shouldn’t we share!

In the end, it’s important for all voices to be heard even though some issues might be non-negotiable for us. What we need to do is give children a critical lens to look at what they read.

Take a look at the hundreds of books that have been banned or challenged over the years – http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/childrensbooks

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The Story of Tesu

We at Reading Caterpillar are closely related to the Delhi Storytellers Network and starting this month- every first Saturday of the month, we will be hosting artists and storytellers at the library to come share a story and their art.

The Story of Tesu

Date: 1 st October | Saturday

Time: 11a.m to 12.15pm

Preferred Age Group: 8 to 12 years

Storyteller: Yuveka

About the Session:

Since 1st of October is the first day of Navratra, we will share the story of Tesu who is now part of a dying culture associated with the festival. Only two decades back the legend and the song of Tesu were very popular among young children from Old Delhi and one could hear children singing the song in the many lanes of Old Delhi. Children, especially boys would take the Tesu with them from one house to another while they sang the Tesu song.

The song goes something like this:

“Mera Tesu yahin khara, khane ko maange dahi bara

Dahi nare mein mirchi bahot, aage dyekho quazi hauz

Quazi hauz pe chali churi, aage dyekho Fatehpuri

Fatehpuri pe baitha nayi, aage dyekho Jamna bai

Jamna bai ke upar rail ka pool, aage dekho shehar Shahdara

Shehar Shahara huwa abad, aage dyekho Gaziabad...”

To register please email prerna@readingcaterpillar.com as we have limited spots. This is a free event and its first come first serve.

About the Teller

Yuveka Singh is a professional storyteller and the founder of Darwesh

and an active member of the Delhi Storytellers’ Network. She has more

than 10 years experience in the development sector with specialisation

in elementary education, child rights, gender and qualitative research.

She believes that stories are the backbone for social change and self

transformation.

About DSN-

Delhi Storytellers’ Network (DSN) is a platform for professional storytellers based in the city and the NCR to congregate, collaborate, and commit to nurturing and developing the art form by exploring individual and collective possibilities. While enabling individual professional growth, it is committed to working with a focus on widening the scope of Storytelling to empower individuals and communities. Taking storytelling beyond the perception of mere entertainment, our endeavour is to ensure it gets greater visibility and makes its mark as a respected art form in the collective consciousness of the region.

Come see the Ramadan Moon at Reading Caterpillar!

We have a special reading this coming Wednesday, 6th July*

We will read the book Ramadan Moon by Na’ima B Robert (published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Book) Come on over for a little bit of drama, a fun story and tinsel, strings and beads galore.  Ramadan Moon is a stunningly illustrated book. And beautifully captures the excitement of the celebrations through the eyes of a little girl. Listen to what happens through the month and share the joy.

Our favourite Navroop will join in this Wednesday morning to help us capture the excitement in an interesting project!

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Date & time – Wednesday 6th July, 11 am to 12.15 noon, Age – 4 to 9 years, 

Venue- Reading Caterpillar, Nizamuddin West

 Please email join@readingcaterpillar.com to know the registration details .

*Delhi schools have a holiday on 6th July. In case of a change of date, we will reschedule the session to that date.

 

April 2016 Schedule

We are now open from Mondays to Saturdays. Please check https://readingcaterpillar.wordpress.com/reading-caterpillar-library-details/ for timings.

Sharing our Schedule for April (Saturdays) @ 10.30 am

1. 9th April 2016 – Toddler story hou

2. 16th April 2016 – Printing making for ages 6 and above

3. 23rd April 2016 – Hindi Storytime for all ages 

4. 30th April 2016 –  ‘How To Plot a Murder’ – a writing workshop for ages 8 to 11 with Meghna Singhee* – A quick overview on the tricks of developing your own story.

*Meghna Singhee started her career as a script writer for feature films and has worked worked with various production houses like Adlabs and Mukta Arts. She brings the visual sense of writing for films to her books. All her experiences melded together to help her bring words to kids. She ticked a dream off her list when she authored The Case Files of P. I. Pojo: The Killing of Mr Heathcote (2015)

These Saturday sessions are free for library members (Non-members – Rs. 300/-) and if you feel like contributing something – we would be happy to accept book donations. Please do email to let us know the session you would like to join in for : join@readingcaterpillar.com

Also

  • We are also setting up a reading program and two libraries at the Delhi centers of Cankids, a not for profit that works in the area of paediatric cancer. We will send out a detailed mail on how you can be a part of this initiative soon but in the meantime if this is something you would like to join in and help us out with, please do drop in an email.
  • The toddler morning group will be starting in April. The days and schedule will be mailed out separately.

Happiness is a shelf full of books!

 

Welcome back!

We are back after a break of one month with a fresh coat of paint, new shelves, and loads of new books! Thank you to all you wonderful people for your patience and gratitude to all who have been making book donations and volunteering through the year. Much appreciated!

April Saturdays are going to be fun…we will have story hours for toddlers, print making on a Saturday, a Saturday with Author Meghna Singhee and a hindi story hour with Rabani.

* The Schedule and timings will be shared. These sessions are free for all library members.

Some pictures of the library after we reset the shelves…

Yay to overloaded shelves!

New Books!!

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Three Orange Wall Shelves Courtesy Anu Anand Hall 🙂

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We love our Library!

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The room where we work diligently and our Non-fiction room!

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