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The Story of Hangout Library

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FLAGSHIP CENTRE– Based out of Bangalore Hangout Library is a community place spread over an area of 1500 sq ft in a quiet corner in Bellandur, which lend books, conducts storytelling events and other activities (often free for its patron). It provide a cosy and nice ambience for book lovers where they can come, dig their heels in and spend their mornings, afternoons and evenings sitting on a couch or a bean bag with a book/magazine of their liking.

ONLINE PLATFORM– For those who cannot visit the store (blame it on Bangalore traffic) Hangout Library has an online super user friendly web platform. This allows users to browse through our awesome collection and borrow books on rental basis (by subscribing to one of our cost effective plan starting as low as Rs 250pm).

The platform is user friendly with a very powerful and friendly search function making it very easy to find the right book. You can create a queue of books that you want to read; from this queue we deliver books at your door steps giving you the comfort and the cost advantage. It also allows you to see history of books that you have read.

OTHER HOOKS

  1. Complementary activities for members: At Hangout Library we regularly conduct a lot of sessions which are absolutely free for our members. Sessions are based on storytelling, art and craft, workshops & special days celebrations.
  2. Educational Puzzles – At the library, we have a good number of educational puzzles which members can use during their visit to the library. These puzzles have helped many children learn various concepts in a fun way.
  3. Reading Dinos– We track your reading and reward you for the same!! How cool is that! At Hangout, we reward children for reading books and for writing books reviews.
  4. Reading Guidance – We understand how selecting books for children who have just begun to read can be difficult for parents. There are various reading levels to choose from, various themes to tell apart, various font sizes which may matter, various text: picture ratio which may attract or repel a child, who is still struggling with developing skills and interest in reading. Ask us, and we will help you there!

OUR MISSION

Everyone at Hangout Library believes in the importance of books in our lives and how they can shape and influence us. All of us wish to promote book reading habits across all age-groups and more importantly in the next gen children. We want to be the reading face of the new generation.

COLLECTION

The collection of books at our library is something we are extremely proud of. Entire collection is handpicked with a lot of time and devotion going in picking the right books. While picking books, we do admit our bias towards children as they are the foundations of future. That said it does not mean we have neglected others. Library has more than enough stock of fictions; popular books on Leadership & Management; Self Help; Investment; Personal Finance; Travel; Spirituality, Religion; Philosophy, Health, Parenting and Cookery among others.

At last count we have an authentic collection of more than 10000 books. And we are always on the prowl, adding books every month. We also store books in regional languages (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali and Kannada). We add all the popular, best-seller and critically acclaimed books immediately on release. Besides, we also add books on demand in case they are not in our stock.

Store members also have access to more than 80 magazines on a regular basis

FOUNDER

Hangout library has been conceptualized by Aanchal Agrawal after seeing reduced interest in reading habits in children and lack of public libraries in India unlike some of the western countries.

Aanchal, a gold medalist from Banaras Hindu University, is a trained child psychotherapist and a special educator. She has more than 15 years of experience in working with children and is extremely passionate about developmental and learning processes in children. She has a dedicated section on Parentree, which is one of the premier parenting website in India (http://www.parentree.in/India/Ask-Aanchal). Besides she has also been associated with Vibgyor High, India International, I Play I Learn and Little Elly to conduct workshops. She also contribute articles on various publications.

In addition to Hangout Library, Aanchal also runs CL Learning (www.confidentliving.co.in) which focusses on developing learning skills in children. Above all this Aanchal is a dedicated mother both to her son and a canine.

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