Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Diwali workshop for kids ages 3-6 years

Potpourri: A fun 5 day workshop with a mixed bag of activities for kids in the age group of 3 to 6 years. Each day will hold something new, ranging from diya painting, craft, the legend of Lord Rama and even some cookery.
Workshop timings: 5.30 to 6.30
Dates: 12th of Oct to 16th of Oct, 2009
Please email gulmohardays@gmail.com for further details or to register your child's name for the workshop.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Calligraphy Workshop (ages 8 and above)

Basic Calligraphy Workshop for children above the age of 8 years:
When: 12th to 16 th october, 2009
timings: 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm
Please email gulmohardays@gmail.com for further details on the programme.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Happy Birthday Gulmohar Days!

Gulmohar Days turns TWO today!! Thank you so much for being part of this fanatastic year!

As we begin Year 3 in new surroundings with an ambitious library project for children, I thank each one of you for the tremendous support you have extended through the past year. From friends who have shared words of encouragement, to friends who came into the library with a bag full of books to donate, to those who helped make T shirts and grocery bags and helped run an entire green camapign, to those who simply came in and sat at the library so that I could have some time off, to my students who were more enthusiastic than I was in any new project we attempted, to those who came in to become teachers and share their talent with children....I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Watch this space, for I promise, the next year will be even more exciting. Thank you, once again, for joining us as we celebrate the gulmohar days of life!

Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. —Roald Dahl

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Allow me....

I have great pleasure in sharing a thought-provoking poem that was penned by a parent whose child is part of the Gulmohar Days craft club. The poem is a humble request by a child to be left alone and be allowed to learn and grow at a comfortable pace. Beautiful words, thanks for sharing this Sangeeta! I hope the muse visits you often!

Allow me to grow
at my own pace
Please dont hasten me
I have rainbows to trace

Allow me to linger
a little while longer
on clouds and sunshine
until my confidence is stronger

Allow me to learn
how to break free on my own
after-all even a butterfly
came out of a worm
---(by Sangeeta Apshankar)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Feel like chess?

Who said libraries are dull boring places where you have to keep quiet??
Not at Gulmohar Days for sure. There was much noise and good natured fighting over carrom and chess this weekend. And if you thought pictionary was a peaceful game, you havent seen anything yet!!

Scrabble, Hangman, pictionary, carroms, chess and other board games all available for library members only! And you thought libraries only stocked books???

Free Story Telling Session

Kids love nothing more than a good story!

As part of the "Reading is Fun" programme, I am glad to announce a free story telling/reading session for kids at the library from 5.30-6.30 pm on Saturday, the 19th of Sept., 2009. This is for kids in the age group of 3-5 years. Please e-mail gulmohardays@gmail.com to register your child's name at the earliest and participate in the story session.
See you there!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Art Class for Adults

Yes, its true! Gulmohar Days is deviating from the rule and doing a workshop for adults!! Happy to announce a class for those who have always wanted to hold a brush in their in their hands and colour something other than grey hair! Perfect for those who are uninitiated and also for those who have dabbled in art earlier and want to learn/experiment with a new medium.
Class timings: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm every Friday.
Please email for further details on the programme.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Onam celebrations

The library wore a festive look yesterday. All library members were invited for the special Onam celebrations. The kids looked wonderful in ethnic wear and a big thank you to all parents and grandparents who helped out with the preparations. After listening to the Legend of Mahabali and snacking on some traditional Kerala goodies, the kids tried their hand at the flower rangoli or Pookolam. I have never seen boys enjoy rangoli this much!! Considering not one of them had done this earlier, I think they did wonderfully well. And by the end of the event, they all learned to say "Onam Ashamsakal"!! Enjoy the pictures.....