The journey which started a decade ago has been quite heartening. Contrary to the belief that the habit of reading has been declining, our experience is otherwise. If proper choices are made available keeping the focus clear about class, category and age to be addressed along with a right ambiance, libraries can attract readers. No doubt that the ever-evolving technologies will make its impact. But as we all know, change is the only thing which is constant. After all, staircases have not disappeared even after elevators and escalators were invented!
Presumably being first Library of its kind having focus on nature and environment the media including radio as well as periodicals and newspapers like Times of India, Loksatta, Sakal, Maharashtra Times, Lokmat, Pudhari, Divya Marathi among others have prominently covered the distinguishable characteristics and various activities carried out by the Library from time to time. Illustrious dignitaries from literary world like Veena Gavankar, the author of one of the best seller Marathi books ‘Ek Hota Carver’, Anant Bhave, the unforgettable Doordarshan news reader of yesteryears and now well-known for his books for children, famous critique and editor Anand Hardikar, well known Science writer Mohan Apte, British Library Manager Kajari Mitra, social activist Bharati Thakur and of course eminent environmentalist Dilip Kulkarni and Purnima Kulkarni among others have visited the Library and praised our work.
The work has brought us close to many respected personalities from diverse fields right from science and research to writers, authors, publishers and editors, environmentalists and sports personalities. Our Library was chosen for a case study and a detailed survey was conducted as a part of University Master’s program. During the course of time we were honoured by awards and letter of appreciation by many coveted organizations and institutes. Kirloskar Vasundhara Mitra Award being the feather in the cap, which was presented by non-other than ‘The Waterman of India’, Ramon Magsaysay Award and Stockholm Water Prize winner Shri Rajendra Singhji. Though all these are jewel in the crown, the real driving force is our members ranging from age 3 to 95 who fuel us for the mission we have undertaken. Our members remind us of a famous quote by Jorge Borges where he says “I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of Library!”