Book Nooks for Kids in Bangalore

Where can your kids go to hang out with some books in Bangalore?

livemint.com tells us where:

Libraries are not places with shelves full of dusty books only. Loads of play space, art material, movies and acting sessions, you get all this and more at children’s libraries in Bangalore. We visited three to find out why going to library is more fun than watching TV.

I-Cue, JPNagar, Phase II

Books apart: At I-Cue a child can paint and do craftwork in the art room or just learn more in the computer room. “The idea is to create a space that doesn’t seem like a boring library. Once the kids get familiar with the space, they stroll over to the book shelves and leaf through the books on their own,” says Simha. Children can also join the book club where they can exchange notes on the books they’ve read with their peers.

Hippocampus, Koramangala

Hippocampus was started by Umesh and Vimala Malhotra who missed a place in the city where their five-year-old son could could learn, play, read and interact with other children. “We spent a year in the US and when we came back we didn’t understand why Bangalore didn’t have a decent public library,” says Malhotra. So they started Hippocampus six years ago with the aim of making reading fun. Hippocampus has a large collection of books that children can borrow and they can also participate in various club activities. Hippocampus also helps people set up neighbourhood libraries and works with 70 government schools to set up libraries and encourage reading habits.

Booky Bob, JP Nagar

“Kids initially come in grudgingly, thinking it’s going to be boring like their school libraries but soon they pester their parents to bring them here,” says Ghazala Anjum, activity coordinator at Booky Bob. The interactive library houses at least 5,000 books and is open after school hours (4pm) and 7pm and on weekends. Memberships to Booky Bob are of two kinds—the Whiz package includes a graded reading programme (where two qualified teachers work with children on improving their language skills) and the Ace programme which includes weekend activities.

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  1. Proper April 21, 2009

    Hi, You guys can try these book shops for your kids….these are the bookshops in bangalore…

    Book Shops Bangalore

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  3. vinay September 6, 2009

    Here is one more library ( http://www.4kids.in ) that comes to your appartment when ever you want. Its completely online concepts. You don't need to go to physical library. Just select books online and it will be delivered to your home witnin same day. Delivery/Pick-up is free.

  4. Mala September 6, 2009

    Hey Vinay, nice concept, and happy to see the presence of Pratham Books in your library! Thank you.

  5. Gautam September 23, 2009

    We'd be happy to help! Mail us at:
    info at prathambooks dot org

  6. Manasa BS Iyengar June 6, 2010

    Hello, I'm Manasa.I'm studying. I wanted 2 have a membership in your association for free text books. Could you please let me know your address.. Thanks you.

  7. Gautam June 6, 2010

    Hi Manasa – we don't offer free text books but we do have very low cost children's books – our office is here: https://sites.google.com/a/prathambooks.org/bangalore-location/

  8. Children's books about nature February 20, 2011

    Books are good for the kids. This will improve their reading, comprehension, and vocabulary skills. They have to be checked and always make sure they are doing the right thing.


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