Archives – Library Updates 2014-15

26-08-2014: “Under The Aalamaram” – An International Story Telling Festival

At CHSV, we realize that stories are effective tools that engage listeners and enhance memory skills. Our students were given an opportunity to attend the Storytelling Festival “Under the Aalamaram” on 26th August, 2014 at Dr. M.G.R Janaki College of Arts and Science, jointly organised by Hindu Young World and Kathai Kalatta.

Students listened to stories narrated by Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald who has been a storyteller for close to 50 years. There was a joyous feeling among the audience as they listened to stories like “Look Back and See”, “Great Two Goats on a Bridge” and “Smelly Slobbery” and became characters in a story from Scotland.

Ms. Margaret had all ages of the audience under her spell, singing and miming along with her. They were also part of a Sing Along bear hunt lead by Mr. Ariyo, a storytelling coach, teacher, trainer and lecturer from Indonesia.

The story tellers were capable of involving all the children and even passive members participated and enjoyed the story session.

Every child loves to listen to stories and it is an effective medium where words come alive and horizons broaden. We, at CHSV are always on the lookout for opportunities that expose our students to internationalism and cross cultural ideas. The “Aalamaram” Story Telling Festival was a wonderful platform for our students to listen to storytellers from across the globe narrate stories, rooted in different cultures, beliefs and tradition.

The Young India Leading Reading Schools Of India Awards

The Leading Reading Schools of India Awards, instituted by Young India Books, is back! This year’s theme is Wild about Wildlife. Students interested in participating in the contest may approach the librarian Ms. Padma for registration.

Read more about the award, competition and how to enter by using the links provided. – The Crucial ates – What the contest is all about – Frequently asked questions – List of books that should be read for participating in the contest

Books can be purchased online from Flipkart or

It is also available at a Crossword store near you.

Select a book from the recommended reading list comprising of India’s diverse wildlife, read it, and then either write a biography about an animal they’ve chosen from the book or illustrate the book. More details are given below:

Grade 5 and above

Students will write an autobiography of the selected animal from the book that they have read (approx length 600 – 800 words)

or illustrate the story in 3– 4 pictures (featuring key scenes in the book)

or design a cover for the book. In case more than one animal is featured in the book selected, they can pick any one.

Grade 4 and below

Students will write about a day in the life of the animal selected from the book (approx. 100 – 300 words)

or illustrate a scene from the book.


25-07-2014: Indo American Author Ms Kimberly McArthur at CHSV

In an attempt to motivate students to read books and realise the benefits of reading, CHSV opened up an opportunity by enabling students to be part of an interactive session with renowned Indo American Author, Ms Kimberly McArthur. She visited the school on 25th July and had a “Read Aloud Session” with the students of classes 3 to 5. The children listened to the story of a bouncing superhero who attempts to teach children to be healthy, from her book “Max your Health” and the story of a delightful puppeteer who helps children to be safe, from her book “Come see the sensational safety puppet show”.

The kids enjoyed the session and pledged to follow safety rules, keep out unhealthy food items and stay healthy.

Later the students of classes 6 – 8 were engaged in an interactive session with the author to imbibe Story Writing skills. She involved them in activities that focussed on TCSP – Theme, Character, Setting and Plot. She guided students to look for ideas in real life – interesting people or occurrences around the world.

The session enabled them to realise that stories are effective means of learning cross-cultural understanding, family and community values, writing, and speaking skills.

May 2014: Reading Challenge from the British Council

Reading Challenge is back this year with Creepy House for children between 8 and 12 years. This summer you can give an opportunity for your child to be a part of this challenge and open the doors to the world of reading.

The programme will run from 1 to 31 May 2014.

Closing date for registration: 31 March 2014.

Open only for library members.

Fees: Rs.2000/- per registration

About the programme: The Reading Challenge is a programme co-ordinated by the Reading Agency in the UK ( that aims to encourage children to read more books. In its sixteenth year the Reading Challenge has proved extremely popular among school children. Last year more than 780,000 children took part in the Reading Challenge in the UK and reached out to 19 countries worldwide and approximately 5,300 children in India.

How it works: Children register for the program at the library and receive their welcome packs. The child has to read any six of the “Creepy House” books over a period of 4 weeks. During this period, the library will conduct activities for the children conceptualized and aimed to encourage the power of imagination and encourage the child to complete the books and write reviews on each book they have read.

On completion of the challenge the child will receive a medal and certificate from the UK Reading Agency and British Council.

For further clarifications, Please contact

Salini. SP |Library and Information Services(South India) | British Council | 737, Anna Salai Chennai – 600 002 | India|18001024353| D: +91 44 42050656 |

25-02-2014: Interactive session with Australian Author Mr. Ken Spillman

Students of Class VIII had an opportunity to interact with Mr. Ken Spillman a prolific author, editor and critic from Australia.  The occasion also saw the release of his latest book  “I am Oscar” by the Principal Ms Deivannai.

Students interacted with him very well and were able to get clues about creative processes and inspiration.

29-11-2013: One Nation Reading Together

Students of class VI participated in “One Nation Reading Together” organized by Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd at Vana Vani Matriculation school, IIT Campus on 29th November, 2013 to celebrate the pleasures of the Reading. They were also actively engaged in book-related activities. Over 4000 children from city schools participated.

28-11-2013: Guest Speaker – Author & Motivational speaker Mr. Ramgopal Vallath

The students of std 6 & 7 had the opportunity to interact with author, Mr. Ramgopal Vallath who not only presented  his book Oops The Mighty Gurgle  but also delivered a motivational talk  to the children about  achieving the impossible.

In the interaction that ensued, Mr.Vallath shared very moving examples from real life. His innate sense of humour and ability to connect with children made the session a truly inspiring and invigorating one.

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