Belongg Library Network Launch
Belongg, in partnership with 22 cultural and literary spaces across the country is really excited to announce the launch of the Belongg Library Network. The Library Network seeks to create spaces for diverse and inclusive literature throughout the country. Each chapter will bring together a lending library, frequent book readings and author events (virtual events while Covid persists) and will foster a community of like-minded readers in each city.
This inaugural event will be hosted on Zoom, open to all after registration, and will comprise of sessions that discuss the importance of diverse literature, inclusive literary spaces, and need to harness the arts to foster inclusion and tackle the “othering” that is becoming increasingly common across the world, and the announcement of the 'Inclusive "Librarian" Award', and online engagement activities such as quizzes and Q&As with audience.
11am time to 1:30pm time, 28th November 2020.
11:00AM: Introduction to the Belongg Library Network by Team Belongg
11:05AM: Keynote speech by Rohini Nilekani
11:20AM: Panel discussion on the role of libraries, community networks and literature in creating more inclusive and diverse spaces with Archana Garodia Gupta, Anandita Rao and Alexis Fu, Bijal Vachharajani, Debanjan Chakrabarti, Mridula Koshy; with Shruti Sharma, and Aatreyee Ghosh.
12:10PM: Announcing nominees and winner of the first ever Inclusive "Librarian" Award; this will be followed by the short announcement of the Instagram book giveaway winner
12:30PM: Final round of our literature and D&I quiz
1:10PM: Video testimonials from publishers, venue space coordinators, library network volunteers
1:25PM: Closing address by Team Belongg