Popular for its strawberries, a village located amidst the hill stations of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, Bihar, will soon become India’s first book village. The formal inauguration was done on 4th May 2017.
Minister of culture affairs and Marathi Language, Vinod Tawde informed, “The government has identified around 25 premises including schools, temples, and homes to keep 15000 books for tourists coming to the village. This would be an amazing step to convert each into a library.
He further said that the village has a good readership base and the villagers have come forward to put their efforts in the project. “Many local artists have hand-painted the premises according to the book reading concept and the tourists will definitely enjoy the unique 25 different types of literature concept,” said Vinod Tawde. The government also indicated that it will keep on arranging ‘literature fest ivals’ from time to time and a permanent exhibition depicting the literary figures of the state.
The idea of book village is inspired from the British town Hay-on-Wye, that is most famously known for its bookstores and literature festivals