On 14th November, 2020, on children’s’ day, the virtual inauguration for KOLKATA YOUNG READERS’ TRAMCAR, world’s first Tramcar for young bibliophiles was commenced. Its the first initiative for the young readers of this city in collaboration with West Bengal Transport Corporation and Apeejay Anand Children’s Library. The tram is beautifully designed with children’s art and crafts to inspire the children with books all around. Oxford Bookstores has curated the tram well and it has selected various titles for young readers.
The Kolkata Young Readers’ Tram Car was launched virtually by Mr. Rajanvir Singh Kapur, MD, West Bengal Transport Corporation and Ms. Priti Paul, Director Apeejay Surrendra Group.
Mr. Rajanvir Singh Kapur, MD, West Bengal Transport Corporation, said “ The idea behind the Kolkata Young Reader’s Tramcar is that all children should get access to read good books and what better than the Kolkata trams! The tram would run on Shyambazar Esplanade and Esplanade Gariahat routes spanning North to South of Kolkata and there would be no ticket for children and Kanyashrees (18 or below) in this tramcar. People more than 18 can surely enjoy the tramcar as well, at normal AC tram fares. We thank the efforts and zeal of Apeejay Anand Children’s Library team to associate with this project, implementing it at super lightning speed. It is truly a great Children’s day gift for Kolkata.“
Ms. Maina Bhagat, Director Apeejay Oxford Bookstores, said “Our Heritage Oxford Bookstore Kolkata is proud to have supported the reading habit across generations of readers both across the city and the nation. It now literally, ‘moves ahead’ with the Kolkata Young Readers’ Tramcar: The Apeejay Anand Children’s Tram Library also celebrates the heritage of Trams, an integral and much-loved part of the life and times of Kolkata. We congratulate our partner WBTC on their concept of promoting ‘culture on the move’, which truly reflects the creative persona of the metropolis.“
On the occasion, Ms. Priti Paul, Apeejay Surrendra Group Director said “ As a Group deeply vested in both the heritage and progressive future of Calcutta/Kolkata, we are delighted to partner with the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) in this novel venture of ‘Kolkata Young Readers’ Tramcar’ which encompasses both. The Apeejay Anand Children’s Library on a tram will, perhaps be the very first Children’s library on a tramcar anywhere in the world, with free access to all children of our city. We believe that a library is essential to every child’s holistic development, and that knowledge and books are game changers enhancing the future of each child. Reading and learning on the move will undoubtedly augment their recreational environment, and we are committed to facilitate this.“
This is surely a wonderful initiative for readers, its mostly important for young minds to get encouraged to read books. So the beautiful library on wheels has been surely a great steps for young readers to get motivated. Reading books while rolled up in a ride, this will help everyone to get attracted to books.