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Mumbai is home to a few well known public libraries (some of which are in dire straits due to lack of funding) with ancient books catalogued the old fashion way and placed on shelves from ground to ceiling. Some of them like the Asiatic Society Library with over 100,000 books may be overwhelming to young kids with high ceilings and heritage architecture. However, every child who enjoys reading should be taken to a few if not all of these classic libraries at least once in their formative years to take in the charm, sights and smell of rare manuscripts, scrolls, books, magazines and newspapers. Some of the other old libraries to consider for your tour include J. N. Petit Institute Library; David Sassoon Library and Reading Room; and Dr. Homi Kanga Memorial Sports Library at the Wankhede stadium complex.
Most online book libraries are presented as Toy and Book rental services. They offer varied membership packages and generally require you to register with them. Membership allows you to browse through the collections, select books, set them up into a rental queue and then receive books at your doorstep based on the plan you have selected. These companies also arrange pick up facilities. Several online libraries also offer e-books and audio books for all ages. There are many advantages to this system such as not having to make or find space for new books; access to a larger number of books at a fraction of the cost of buying; there’s no packaging to throw away; and it feels good to know many children will share the joys of reading.Some of the online toy and book libraries you can consider are:
Online resources just for books
So plan a Book date with your child, add it to the Family Calendar with mycity4kids App.