As per reports Yashoda has climbed down the stairs of her house in Mattancherry in Kochi for lunch. She has to hurry back upstairs there is, on the upper floor, a library to run and by now, her story has been written about. Young Yashoda D Shenoy all of 12 has been interviewed and hailed for being perhaps the youngest librarian around, and running it free for all in Kochi.
Yashoda says “It is open every day, from 9 am to 7 pm. When I go to school, my mom or dad or brother is there and nearly six months ago, the library Yashoda’s Library was opened on the top floor of her house, converting the gallery of her artist dad to a library cum gallery. On one side, there are her father Dinesh R Shenoy’s paintings, which have been kept aside to make space for the many racks of books, and chairs and desks to read them on.
Moreover Yashoda, who read books from the age of eight with the help of her elder brother Achuth and mother Brahmaja, had no idea there was a cost one has to pay to read. The young librarian said “We began with about 2000 books, now there are more than 3500. We have separated them into fiction stories, novels and poems among them and non-fiction. There are books in English, Malayalam, Konkani, Hindi and Sanskrit”.
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