Books on wheels mobile van will make an extensive tour in at least 10 districts of Odisha state – stopping at schools, market places and busy thoroughfares to offer quality books at a discounted price.
Organised by the New Delhi-based National Book Trust (NBT), the book van was flagged off in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.
The van will tour Khurda, Puri, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Cuttack, Dhekanal, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore in the first phase.
Stocked with more than 450 titles on various topics, the van will be stationed for at least five days in each district.
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Nearly 60 per cent books are meant for children, while the remaining are meant for the general public. The van also constitutes government publications and books by eminent writers such as Mahasweta Devi and Fakir Mohan Senapati.
The books in Odia, Hindi and English include a veritable collection of short stories, books on gardens, science, biographies, folktales, and informative books written in NBT’s easy and lucid style.
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The books-on-wheels mobile van aims to promote books and inculcate the culture of reading, especially among the youth in rural areas and small towns.