Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s constituency has achieved a new record recently. It has become the only constituency in India to have a library in all the wards. CM Vijayan’s constituency Dharmadam has achieved the position of complete library constituency in India, the first in India. Out of the total 138 wards in the constituency, there were no libraries in 63 wards. Dharmadam reached the achievement with the opening of libraries in these wards too.
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- Kerala which was the first state to achieve 100% literacy status in India is also perhaps the only state in India that has a library in every village.
- Puthuvayil Narayana Panicker of Kerala is also known as the Father of the Library Movement in India. He started Granthashala Sangam with about 50 small libraries in 1945 in Kerala which grew into a large network of thousands of libraries.
- To honour and acknowledge P.N.Panicker ,Kerala Government declared June 19, his death anniversary, as Vayanadinam (Reading Day) in 1996 In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared June 19 his death anniversary as National Reading Day in India. The following month is also observed as National Reading Month in India.