District library found them jobs and friends

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They all come from villages and belong to agricultural families. These youth appeared for various competitive examinations and have been successful. 

Preparing for competitive examinations is no easy task. One needs to do a lot of reading and this requires the purchase of expensive books. These youth were in no position to afford expensive books. Yet they were successful in appearing for the examination and emerging successful.

There is no great secret behind their success. In addition to their hard work, the backbone for their studies was the District Central Library. They did not learn how to use the library from anyone, but they made the best use of it.

Venkatapara Srinivas Reddy of Bethmangala hobli of Bangarpet taluk, who has been selected as statistical officer; Malappanahalli Malathi of Devarayasamudra Gram Panchayat in Mulbagal taluk  has been selected as principal of Morarji Desai School; Arathi of Yanadahalli of Kolar taluk is the superintendent of Backward Class Minorities Hostel; B S Vijayalakshmi of Byalahalli is the statistical officer. This list goes on.

They were all strangers in the beginning, but became friends at the central library. They all had one ambition - to get a job. It is not easy to appear for competitive examinations and face the challenge from urban candidates. Regular studies, constant reference to resource books and guides. Study materials and coaching classes are expensive.

Therefore they all depended upon the  Central library. They went through every available books and guides on competitive examinations available in the library. Requests for particular books made to the library authorities got quick response and books were made available as early as possible. 

These aspirants used to come to the library at 10 am and stayed back till 6 pm. They brought lunch from home. Having broken the ice, they became friends and during the lunch hours held group discussion. 

“We were not used to visiting libraries and making use of it. After coming here we became familiar with books. We discussed what we read,” says Ramesh.

Says Srinivas Reddy, “In our group of seven members, five secured jobs in one go. One of our members is studying for his Karnataka Administrative Service examination.” They are unanimous in their opinion that all this happened because of the library.

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