Back Ground of Thori- Where the community library establishment project 2017 is focused.
Why Maya Education Initiatives choose Thori for the community library establishment project 2017? Due to the following emergency essence!
Thori Village is located in Parsa District on the South-East of Nepal. It has 1350 houses and the population of the village is about 5300. There are 2 primary English medium schools, 6 primary government schools, one high school and one bachelor level collage in the village. These two high school are for the four VDC and is located in the Chowk Bazar of Thori Village. Like as, village consists of mixed cultural. Similarly it has got the tribal families too such as Praja, Chepang and so on. The village has the gravel road access and still is beyond the access of electricity facility so the life in the village running in the ancient system and it has no any internet or computer facilities in the village. Almost all the families is dependent on the traditional agricultural system and the darker fact of the Village is that 25% of the total population are landless due to the devastating floods of Narayani River ten years back and these families are living inside the forest area with in a plot of land from which the production of food will be enough only for three months. These are the families who are in the extreme poverty and has to work in others field in the irrigation and harvesting season and on the remaining time of the year they depend on the odd jobs. Other fact is that there are about 200 house hold of Chaudhary’s who are the halleya of the landlord (Free workers for the landloard). Let’s not forget that even today some of the families have to go into the forest in search of forest food even some of the MEI’s kids’ family does once in the year so MEI had to provide rice and grains to those families in order to continue the school of the kids on regular basis.
Red Cross Building has been granted to Maya Education Initiatives for Community Library Establishment Project 2016
Thori is situated in the middle of the forest its human habitat started very lately and its human history is just 54 years old which was started by Late His Majesty King Mahendra in 2019 B.S. So, the other name of the Thori Village is Vikna Thori. On the west. North, east there is forest and on the south, there is Nepal-India border, the geographical sets of Thori. So half of the Thori Village area is covered by the buffer zone of the parsa wild life reserve and Chitwan wild life reserve.
Community library, it’s important and impact in the Western World
Since the rise of universities across Europe during the Age of Enlightenment, the academic library has always held a central position as the heart of an institution—both symbolically and in terms of its physical placement. Preeminently sited and often heroic in scale and character, the library has served as a visual anchor for the surrounding buildings on campus. These early academic libraries were very different from those of the monastic tradition from which they emerged. Unlike the medieval cloistered buildings that were frequented only by monks, libraries at such venerable institutions as Cambridge University and Trinity College at the University of Dublin were both centers of learning and important gathering places for scholars throughout the Western world. Richly embellished with stained glass windows, paneled with ornately carved oak, and appointed with marble statuary commemorating Greek and Roman philosophers, these libraries exuded an almost palpable sense of spiritual and intellectual contemplation. As a “temple of scholarship,” the library as place assumed an almost sanctified role, reflected both in its architecture and in its siting.
As developed for more than 200 years, academic libraries in the United States and abroad have generally been designed first and foremost as places to collect, access, and preserve print collections. To enter and use them was considered a privilege. Despite their handsome exteriors, the interior spaces were often dim and confining, the buildings were difficult to navigate, and specialized services and collections were inaccessible to all but the serious scholar. Libraries were revered but, with the exception of providing expanding collections, were comparatively static buildings. Planning and design of these facilities were primarily devoted to the preservation and security of materials and to the efficiency of the library collection services. Prime space was routinely reserved for processing materials.
Community Library Establishment Project in Thori.
Maya Education Initiatives is on the way to establish a community library in Chowk Bazar of Thori and the people will have library for the first time in the village. For most of the people for the first time in their life to have access to library and it’s resources. We are trying to penetrate the dark age of Thori through our community library establishment project. As we talk about the libraries in the western world in the above phrase but due to our limited resources and fund, and needs and usefulness of the remote village as Thori will have very simple, consistent and eco-environment library. Nevertheless MEI is going to collect all the available books and resources from the various government bodies, associations and all the stake holders who are interlink with the library and publication business. At the mean time MEI aims to provide the resources that will meet today’s academic needs as well as those in the future, the library must reflect the values, mission, and goals of the institution of which it is a part, while also accommodating myriad new information and learning center.
The more interesting and vital concept of this community library establishment project is also to create awareness in the youth of the city who have never experienced the scares of resources like Thori Village one of the remote places of Nepal. Therefore MEI is collecting reference letter or support letters from various government bodies, associations, collages and all the related bodies to the library. In order to create the whim of awareness in the youth and we are focusing on taking youth as vollunters for community library establishment project 2017. We planned to use the various following medium to create the awareness in the city:
Community Libraries as Learning Center – Community Library Establishment Project
One key concept is that the library as a place must be self-organizing—that is, sufficiently flexible to meet changing space needs. To accomplish this, library planners must be more entrepreneurial in outlook, periodically evaluating the effective use of space and assessing new placements of services and configurations of learning spaces in response to changes in user demand.
To address this need, libraries must provide group study rooms and project-development spaces. As “laboratories that learn,” these spaces are designed to be easily reconfigured in response to new technologies and pedagogies. In this interactive learning environment, it is important to accommodate the sound of learning—lively group discussions or intense conversations over tea—while controlling the impact of acoustics on surrounding space. We must never lose sight of the dedicated, contemplative spaces that will remain an important aspect of any place of scholarship.
The Readers’ of Community Library Establishment Project 2016
People who will be benefitted by the community library establishment project– Thori, Parsa
At the meantime, we are talking about getting the base for the community library in the remote village of Nepal. As mention in the above phrase as the stander of library and how it should be in its nature and the space of it. Community Library of Thori will also meet the some of the standers of the community library in its sense as a center for all the resources of information as essential and needs according to the locality. And more importantly all the books that are needed will be provided to the library and all the uses will have easy access and some fine space for the research and reading the books.
Space for the readers will be designed in the eco-environment basis since Thori is quite humid and extremely hot in the summer season. So that all the uses will experience a good environment of a library as per their needs.
A Place for Community, Contemplation
The library’s primary role is to advance and enrich the reader’s educational experience; however, by cutting across all disciplines and functions, the library also serves a significant social role. It is a place where people come together on levels and in ways that they might not in the residence hall, classroom, off-campus location or other place. Upon entering the library, the reader becomes part of a larger community—a community that endows one with a greater sense of self and higher purpose or to get information or to get entertainment from novels and other resources. MEI is determined to improve the library in the future so that it’ll make all the readers “feel bigger than they are.” They can be part of the richness of the tradition of scholarship as well as its expectation of the future. They can experience a sense of inspiration. More over after the establishment of community library we hope that it can penetrate the misconception of the traditional cast system of Nepalese culture and more village will get inspired to cultivate the cash crops and use modern form of agriculture tools in the farming as from the information of the resources that is provided in the library.
The Community library as place holds a unique position at the center of the village and junction point for all the villages such as Thori, Nirmalvasti, Swarnapur, Dipaknagar and will be situated at Chock bazar. If the library is to remain a dynamic life force, however, it must support the academic community in several new ways. Its space must flexibly accommodate evolving information technologies and their usage as well as become a “laboratory or education center” for new ways of teaching and learning in an eco-environment environment. It must include flexible spaces that “learn” as well as traditional reading rooms that inspire scholarship. By embracing these distinct functions, the library as a place can enhance the excitement and adventure of the academic experience, foster a sense of community, and advance the institution into the future.
Pledge of Community Library Establishment Project 2016
Maya Education Initiatives is running the campaign of establishing community library in Thori- all the stake holders, supporters, well wishes are pledge to support our cause to penetrate the traditional community and to en light the community through our Community Library Establishment Campaign 2016s’ resources and books.
Let’s Give the Gift of Reading- A single book may is the great need of Thori Village and your single book may enlight the remote village and might give a birth to a scholar of the future- A time to make an impact…. Donate New or Old Books to Community Library Establishment Project 2016