As we step into a new decade, we would like to share a few memories with you, thank you all for being an integral part of the Reading Caterpillar Library and Community over the last ten years and share some news with you.
Reading Caterpillar, a library for children opened in early 2009. It was born out of a need for a library and reading space for young children and a passion to bring young children and books together. What began as a small group of young book lovers, grew quickly into a wonderfully lively and eclectic community of children, parents, caregivers, authors, storytellers, illustrators and artists. More than 1000 families have been part of the library – borrowing and browsing books, attending library programs, author or artist interactions and volunteering at the library.
March 2009: Our First Space – Rabani’s Second Floor Barsati. Our First set of Books. The lovely Daniela Montes who was the part of the first team Reading Caterpillar; a phenomenal artist, she helped bring books and the art together. And don’t miss our first ever book shelf- The Hut!!
August 2009: Pictures from our open house in Reading Caterpillar’s new home. This beautiful barsati in Nizamuddin West, New Delhi is where we lived for 10 Years! Navroop, friend, co-resident and artist, showed us how there was beauty in everything!
Poh Si Teng and Mayank Misra very graciously welcomed our members with their music at the open house (Here reading Adisini by Risa (then) 5 years old 🙂
Working in close collaboration with our young members, the caregivers who accompanied young children and the wonderful book people – authors, illustrators and publishers, has made this an incredibly enriching journey for all of us at Reading Caterpillar. We have worked with schools, nonprofits and different communities. Over the years, some really fantastic people have been a part of Reading Caterpillar, guiding us, working with us and contributing immensely to all the work we did . A big Thank You once again!! To all the children…you made it all worth it! We believe that children’s literature is one of the first and perhaps the most influential texts that introduces a child to the world outside, and libraries bring the world to them. We worked hard to create a bright and welcoming space that focused on the needs of children and young adults.
And the one thing that we have always wanted for Reading Caterpillar is for it to be an inclusive space, accessible to all. We are very happy to share we found the right avenue that allows for us to be just that. The Community Library Project (TCLP) believes all people should have access to books. They are a low-cost, citizen-driven initiative and are committed to the work of building the movement for a publicly owned, free library system that is accessible to all. Their new library is opening soon at South Ext., New Delhi, and this is where you will find all of Reading Caterpillar resources. The library made an adventurous journey to its new home! Things moved for the first time in ten years and made their way down the winding staircase 🙂 !!
2019: Getting ready for the move. Our landlady of ten years came to say goodbye and good luck. Happy Faces everywhere!! That’s Arti Karotiya with her portrait made by a young member.
We bid adieu to your old home, and have to admit continue to feel nostalgic about the wonder years we spent there. But we are thrilled to be a part of this incredible library movement through TCLP, and are extremely proud of the work that the team TCLP does. We could not be happier about this decision and our hope is that you will join in the movement too!ay to the new TCLP in South Ext. I
Welcoming smiles great our arrival as the young members and Team TCLP help with the move in.
Reading Caterpillar will continue to exist in the virtual space, and you can find us on Facebook, Instagram and our blog where we will continue to talk about Children’s and young adult literature, media and culture. We will be sharing book recommendations across different age groups, focus on books for young people that are social justice oriented, highlight books that tell stories from a perspective that is often silenced. In all this we hope to have you join in the conversation!
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See you all soon,
Team Reading Caterpillar