The Reading Nook in Colombo offers sessions combining reading and art

PUBLISHED Aug 9, 2022

Romola Rasool at The Reading Nook

Almost six months have passed since The Reading Nook (24 Averihena Rd, Colombo 05), a lending library and reading corner for children, opened in Colombo 5.

Romola Rasool, Senior Lecturer at the University of Kelaniya’s Department of English Language Teaching, launched the non-profit facility in February to provide a place where children can develop their reading habit and get interested in different art forms. The library was created to be a space “that was as far away from a school environment as possible” so that children can purely enjoy reading. The Reading Nook offers approximately 1,000 books for children ages 3 to 18 in many different genres, from picture books to nonfiction, but it does not carry textbooks or study materials. “Children nowadays are so taxed at school, and they have so many classes after school and on weekends, so I want them to enjoy themselves when they come here,” Romola said.

To encourage children’s interest in reading, it also offers reading activities and book discussions. Monthly interactive sessions combining reading with a specific art form are also available. The target age group is from 4 to 14 years old. In the future, the library hopes to invite professionals who teach children traditional arts such as Sri Lankan dance and puppetry.

As part of its activities, it intends to provide support to under-served schools in and around Colombo through reading activities.

The Reading Nook is open Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • An interactive reading activity at The Reading Nook