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India’s first boat library launched in Kolkata along River Hooghly

If you have wanted to get the experience of being in a library on-board a decommissioned steamship, you are in luck. A floating library has arrived in Kolkata.

For the first time in India, the West Bengal Transport Corporation has introduced a boat library on Hoogly River in association with a heritage book store. The Young Readers’ Boat Library features 500 and more perfectly-curated collections of books in Hindi, English and Bengali across several genres in a pleasant reading ambiance.

The boat library will take visitors on a three-hour trip along the river from Millenium Park to Belur Math and back to its original site. Reportedly, the ticket price for adults is INR 100 and INR 50 for children. For girls below 18 years of age, the ticket price would be INR 50 to encourage readership among young girls.
For the unacquainted, Kolkata has a tram library that operates every day between Shyambazar and Esplanade.
The concept of floating libraries is not new; Manhattan has one since the year 2014. There is a floating library on the Gumani River in Bangladesh, which primarily serves the underprivileged people and students.

Not just books, but much more here

The library is also a wonderful place to enjoy the views of the second Hooghly Bridge and the Howrah Bridge. It will be a venue of creative activities such as storytelling, dramatised reading, book launches, poetry and music sessions and much more. The boat also has Wi-Fi access. 

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