Empowering Underprivileged Children Through Libraries: A Journey of Exploration and Creativity

In a bustling city like New Delhi, where the cacophony of urban life can drown out the dreams of many, a beacon of hope shines bright on Bahadurshah Zafar Marg. This beacon is the Children Book Trust, a haven of knowledge and imagination nestled amidst the chaos of the city. Recently, as part of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, we embarked on a journey with underprivileged children from Pratap Camp, a slum in Delhi, to explore the wonders of this literary sanctuary.

The Power of Libraries for Children

Libraries are not merely repositories of books; they are portals to infinite worlds waiting to be discovered. For children, libraries play a crucial role in their intellectual and emotional development. Here, amidst shelves adorned with stories of adventure, mystery, and wonder, children embark on voyages of imagination that transcend the boundaries of their everyday lives.

Access to books cultivates a love for reading, expands vocabulary, and enhances comprehension skills. Moreover, libraries provide a safe and nurturing environment where children can explore diverse interests, fuel their curiosity, and develop critical thinking abilities. For underprivileged children, whose access to educational resources may be limited, libraries serve as equalizers, offering opportunities for intellectual growth and empowerment.

A Day of Discovery

On a bright summer day, the laughter of children filled the air as we escorted eager young minds from Pratap Camp to the Children Book Trust. Their eyes sparkled with anticipation as they stepped into the vast expanse of knowledge that awaited them. With the guidance of dedicated librarians, each child received their membership card—a passport to a world of stories and knowledge.

As they perused the shelves, their excitement was palpable. For many, this was their first encounter with a library, a momentous occasion filled with awe and wonder. Engrossed in the pages of colorful picture books and captivating tales, they discovered the joy of reading—a joy that knows no bounds.

Summer Camp: Unleashing Creativity through Cartooning

But our journey did not end with the exploration of books. Thanks to the Children Book Trust’s initiative, the children were also invited to participate in a summer camp focused on the art of drawing cartoons. Led by skilled instructors, the camp offered a unique opportunity for the children to unleash their creativity and express themselves through art.

From sketching their favorite characters to crafting their own comic strips, the children immersed themselves in a world of imagination and creativity. With each stroke of the pencil, they brought their dreams to life, transforming blank pages into vibrant works of art.

Empowering the Next Generation

Our visit to the Children Book Trust was more than just a day out; it was a transformative experience that opened doors of opportunity for underprivileged children. By providing access to libraries and educational programs, we empower these young minds to dream big, aspire for more, and believe in the boundless possibilities that lie ahead.

As we bid farewell to the Children Book Trust, we carry with us the echoes of laughter, the sparkle of curiosity, and the promise of a brighter future for every child, no matter their background or circumstances. Together, let us continue to nurture the imaginations of the next generation and pave the way for a world where every child has the opportunity to thrive.

In the heart of New Delhi, amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life, lies a sanctuary of knowledge and creativity—a place where dreams take flight and possibilities are endless. This is the Children Book Trust, where every child is welcomed with open arms and empowered to write their own story.

Special Note of Thanks

Before we bring an end to this article, we would like to extend a special thanks to Geeta Mam, without whose kind help, support and guidance this visit would not had been possible. For more than 30 years, Geeta Mam, who is in-charge of Library and many such initiatives at Children Book Trust, has dedicated her life to Children Book Trust.


The journey from Pratap Camp to the Children Book Trust was not just a day out; it was a celebration of the transformative power of libraries and the boundless potential of underprivileged children. As we reflect on this experience, let us remember the importance of nurturing curiosity, fostering creativity, and providing equal opportunities for all children to thrive. Together, we can build a future where every child has the chance to explore, learn, and dream without limits.