Over the past month, a group of elderly residents in Andheri have been spending hours immersed in books of different kinds, all thanks to a library that recently cropped up in their suburb, at Ruby Terrace on Andheri-Kurla Road. The library provides books of different genres to senior citizens who reside in the area. The library is free, but takes a deposit against the books, which is returned when the reader returns the book.
Behind this initiative is Vadalo 3, a senior citizens’ group in Andheri. The idea came to them some time back and they wasted no time in executing it. The initiative has received a great response so far. Indravadan Zaveri (75), president of the group, said, “Our group organises several functions, but the circulating library started a month back. I was getting several books from friends. They were piling up in my home.
Other group members also owned many books. In this way we put together around 500 books. The books are on different subjects, ranging from matters of health, religion and society. These books can be very useful for senior citizens for their day-to-day life.” The library operates every Thursday from 5 to 7 pm. The reader has to pay a deposit of Rs 100 for each book. Zaveri said, “The books can be returned to us within a few weeks. The books are in several languages like English, Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi.”