Bhubaneswar, July 16 (LocalWire): Harper Collins and Walking BookFairs, an independent bookstore located in Khandagiri, have collaborated for the first time to launch the Walking BookFairs Free Library on Sunday.
Ananth Padmanabhan, CEO, Harper Collins India, in a video message praised the initiative taken by the bookstore and the book reading by IAS Officer Rajesh Patil from his book ‘Maa, I Have Become A Collector’.
With the Free Library, Walking BookFairs aims to provide around 500 of the best books published by Harper Collins along with other books in English, Odia and Hindi.
The library will also have a children’s section.
Satabdi Mishra and Akshaya Routray, the founder owners of Walking BookFairs, began this hustle hoping to bring people together and create a beautiful new world through books, art and cinema.
‘We believe in inculcating and instilling the habit of reading among the masses.
The Walking BookFairs-Harper Collins Free Library has been designed as an inclusive, safe, fun space that is open to all, irrespective of their social and economic backgrounds,’ said Akshaya Routray.
The journey of Walking BookFairs started in January 2014 from Koraput.
Initially, they both carried books in bags and walked to villages where people had no access to books.
They continued their quest of taking books to more people with a second-hand minivan covering 30 districts across the state and donated books to communities and government schools.
They furthered their mission with a pan India tour titled ‘Read More, India’ in 2015 covering 20 states in 90 days and stocked over 4000 books, both fiction and non-fiction in their library which also doubled as a bookstore.
Walking BookFairs covered over 20,000 kilometres on their mission to make books accessible to every person in the country and then proceeded to open a physical bookshop in Bhubaneswar in 2015.
Determined to encourage reading among the masses, they continue to provide discounts all year round and host poetry readings and story-telling sessions along with other innovative activities every week.
In addition to that, they hold book clubs and meets alongwith book launches and enticing book sales at their bookstore.