By | Vijay Garg
Reading makes a person educated, intelligent and civilized but he gets all the knowledge only from books. Therefore, it is very important for any human being to read as many books as possible in order to progress in life. Those who are interested in reading books, naturally become more intelligent. Friendship with books should be the basis of every person’s life. ਵ
If a person wants to read books, where should he read them, what kind of books should he have or how should he buy books due to his poor economy? But the simple answer is to fall in love with the human library. A good library will solve many of his problems because there is only one library, where different types of books are available on every subject. From the library, the person can choose the book of his choice. Secondly, by becoming a member of these libraries, he can get a book to read, and thus he will not be under any financial pressure.
It is very important for schools and colleges to have libraries. On the one hand, students will get books related to their syllabus, on the other hand, they can read other books for their interest and entertainment. In these libraries, children get books of their age. It is the responsibility of every school and college to have a good, clean, and well-equipped library where children can sit and study in a quiet environment. Secondly, the number of books in that library should also be good. It is very important to have a librarian in every library so that the books are listed according to the procedure and all the books are well taken care of. A record of the book given and returned to any student should be kept properly.
It has been observed that in many schools the management of libraries is not good. There is no library and if there is, it is not well managed. Many school libraries do not have librarians, which gives an extra burden to a teacher, but doing so does not bring efficiency to the work, as the teacher does the teaching job.
There is also work to be done. It has also been observed that most of the schools have only a cupboard-type library. All the books are locked in the cupboards and no one reads them for years. At times, they even eat those books lying around. With which both wealth and knowledge are lost. A library is the lifeline of any school or college. The good and bad management of that school can be gauged from its library. The author has had the good fortune to visit many schools and college libraries but only a mixed reaction has come to mind. Some libraries are a collection of very good and good books but many demand great efforts in this regard but what is very frustrating nowadays is that books are among today’s children and college students and teachers. Interest in reading is greatly reduced. Most children and college students spend more time on mobiles or laptops than their interest in reading books decreases as a good library is the key to the store of knowledge so school administrators, government education departments and governments There is a need to establish good libraries in colleges. The government must have a librarian in every school and college library. Even in the villages of Punjab, the tendency of the youth should be shifted from drugs to good books. Great efforts are required to inculcate the habit of reading books in children so that a good knowledgeable society can be built. Now that schools, roads, electricity, and other facilities have reached every village in Punjab, the light of knowledge must be in every village. Therefore a good government library needs to be set up in every village. While this will give a new lease of life to the society, the two major tasks of the government, one is to provide employment and the other is to get the rural youth out of drugs. Nowadays even the village farmer is educated and he wants to cultivate with modern techniques but without good guidance, he fails in his goals. Books on modern technology kept in rural libraries can cater to their needs. We need to understand the importance of libraries to acquire all kinds of knowledge.
Vijay Garg Former PES-1 Retired Principal Government Girls Senior Secondary School Mandi Harji Ram Malout