unConference 2018

Parag Children’s Library unconference 2018

unConference 2018

Parag Children’s Library unconference 2018

Diversity in Children’s Library & Collection


About Theme: Today, more than ever, we need to affirm and preserve our multi-lingual and multi-cultural society. Children must grow up respecting and understanding others who may look different from them and have different beliefs, customs and religions. Parag believes multicultural literature fosters positive self-esteem, has the ability to nurture respect, empathy and acceptance among all students. As such the roles of children’s literature and libraries become critical.


Date: February 8, 2018

Venue: Sanskriti Kendra, Anand Gram, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, New Delhi

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9 to 9:30 am: Registration and tea

9:45 am: Key Note Address by Ms. Urvashi Butalia, Founder and CEO, Zubaan

11 am: Opening up of the Theme through breakout sessions by-

             Proiti Roy, Children’s Illustrator

             Sayoni Basu, Editor, Duckbill Books

             Samina Mishra, Filmmaker & Author

12:30 am: Presentation of Experiences by Library Educator’s Course Alumni

1 to 2 pm: Lunch

2 to 5:30 pm: Master Class – ‘How to make your Library & Collection Diverse’, in English (led by Sujata Noronha) and Hindi (led by Ajaa Sharma)


Masterclass takeaways:

  • Understanding of key concepts — unconscious bias, cultural appropriation and intersectionality
  • Ability to recognise common problematic stereotypes, tropes and stances in texts
  • Ability to assess the diversity and inclusiveness of a collection
  • Ability to develop and examine lesson plans within the context of diversity
  • Tools, tips and advice on how to better diversify your collection and displays


Primary Audience: Librarians, school teachers who work with collections, community educators, and students interested in children’s literature and literacy



Sujata Noronha, Director Bookworm Trust, Goa

Sujata is an educator with an intense experience of working with books and children in diverse communities and contexts. She leads the LEC English course offered by Bookworm with the support of Parag and teaches courses on Literacy and Education besides directing the work of Bookworm Trust.

Ajaa Sharma, Manager (Libraries and Capacity Building), Parag

Ajaa leads the Library Educator’s Course at Parag as a Core Faculty. She has an experience of over a decade in the education sector across different regions, with extensive work in the field of girls’ education and community engagement with elementary education.




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