India’s First Crowd Sourced Library is helping Yuvak Vachnalay to crowd source books for this library. It is located in Bhuigaon (village), Vasai, India. Tribal kids and youth are hardworking and curious lot; a little bit of motivation can make them self-sufficient.
Mr. Dabre, Ignatius and other members of the Yuvak Vachanalay is helping tribal women, youth, kids and senior citizens to read books in Marathi and English. It has amazing collection of Marathi literature and English books. I am trying to source as many as 10,000 books for Yuvak Vachnalay.
Yuvak library charges 100 rupees yearly for Tribal people in Bhuigaon village in Vasai. Idea is to get them more books, especially English and Marathi.
Why India’s First Crowdsourced Library is helping tribal village in Bhuigaon, Vasai?
Answer: We want to save the real book reading experience. City folks are facing space shortage for books and many are opting for a digital reading format. My intent is to save the books and direct them to less fortunate areas of rural India to motivate hardworking, knowledge hungry youth and others.
What CSL & how does it function?
Answer: CSL means Crowd sourced library. It simply means books collected from the people. I.e. donated books; for the people.
How do we reach readers outside Vasai?
Answer: We have an active Facebook and Twitter presence, anyone who wishes to read can drop a line and I’ll get back to them. I personally go and deliver for free for those who can’t afford. I request my readers if they can opt for multiple book titles so that my time and traveling cost can be saved.
How much do we charge?
Answer: It is 250 rupees for month. I deliver books right to your doorstep, only on weekends. Those who can’t afford, I give them for free.
What do we utilize library subscription fees?
Answer: We are setting up our 1st official crowd sourced library where readers can sit and read their books. We are collecting funds for it. We need to set up bookshelves and racks; we are trying to find in OLX, Quickr and flea markets for those as well. Plus when a donor from let us say, Navy Nagar or Opera House donates, which usually are between 200 to 800 books; we use subscription fees to hire monthly vehicle which can carry up to 5000 + books. Saves time, money and hassle of repetitive visits.
Where else is our presence?
Answer: Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and soon spreading in other places like Pune, Gujarat and Sri Lanka as well.
How does one contact Crowdsourced Library Representatives?
Answer: You can either call the founder, Pushpendra on +91 – 9819181219, email him on: fillyy at gmail dot com or leave a message on Facebook:
Why we do not have a website like before?
Answer: Earlier we had a sponsor and honestly maintaining a website is a hassle as the founder is technically challenged; and doesn’t know the HTML coding, neither can we afford to hire considering NGO like set up but we are working on a plan; we should soon have a full time team for it. Till then please contact via above given options.