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Bookworm is increasingly finding itself in the news – and if there are online links or Bookworm has a copy of the article, this is the section where the most recent will be placed…

Navhind Times, Goa – 9th September 2012
“Breeding Bookworms” written by Arti s


“They say with age one tends to grow wiser as the horizon of the knowledge broadens. Same thing could be said about Bookworm library which is completing seven years and is now all geared up to broaden its reach. While entering the eighth year of its existence they are now ready with three new projects that have the vision of community development with an underlining theme of spreading knowledge through books. They are now catering to a larger community and not just children. The best example of it is the Book Stops programme which they are planning to start by next month. “It is a concept given by one of our members, Chryselle D’Silva Dias. It is actually about having a small place for books at various bus stops of Panaji. We have identified around 25 spots from Panaji to Dona Paula. These stations will be unmanned where anyone can walk in and pick up a book or magazine, newspaper etc” says Sujata Noronha, one of the brains behind Bookworm. She along with Elaine endonsa, Krystal Cardozo and their vibrant teams, make learning fun.”










The Goan, Goa – 8th September 2012
“No seven year itch for this Bookworm” written by Jennifer Parras

2012-09-08 No seven year itch for this Bookworm

For those who thought that one cannot buy anything for one or two rupees, think again. A little enterprise in Taleigao is set to curb such notions and has made the price of knowledge really affordable. Bookworm is much more than just a library.

It is a place for families to get together and promote healthy reading habits, introduce children to the world of books and also broaden their horizons outside the realm of academics. Not to mention the various activities for underprivileged children that Bookworm has undertaken in order to make a diff erence in society.”



Herald, Goa – 25th May 2012
“Bookworm: Pride of Taleigao” written by Tanya Pereira

2012-05-25 Pride of Taleigao

There is definitely no lending library or bookstore in Caranzalem or Dona Paula except in institutions like NIO or starred hotels like Cidada de Goa says Wilfred Nunes, a localite from Dona Paula. Now isn’t that an absolute pity! It is a shame that the two villages closest to the capital city are ‘bookless’. My hunt for a lending library or bookstore would prove disappointing if not for ‘Bookworm’ at Taleigao.

Bookworm is a lending library set up by educators Elaine and Sujata in 2005. They believe that there exists some reason why kids do not adopt a reading habit at an early age. Therefore Bookworm was started with the initial idea of being an after-school reading centre…”





Outlook Traveller – April 2012
Siteseeing – The Guides – Cholta Cholta

2012-4 Outlook Traveller - The Guides

lt is, really, what a four-year-old would call an activity book – and we mean it in the best possible way. For Cholta Cholta is no ordinary guide. But one that coaxes and cajoles you – with line sketches by architect Pritha Sardessai – to walk the lanes of Panjim and its surrounding areas.

Broken up into ten tours – each an hour-long stroll – the pages are inked with aerial maps, short histories and blank spaces for your own notes. Published by Bookworm, which started out as a children’s library, Cholta Cholta was inspired by the walks conducted for children by Sujata Noronha of Bookworm and Pritha. The simplicity of the idea and execution gives Cholta Cholta that uncommon quality of being both kid-friendly as it is grown-up-friendly. Neat, well-produced and reasonably priced, the book also has a mini glossary of Portuguese words still in use in this urban village by the sea.

[Cholta Cholta is now available to buy online from Dial a Book. ]




Herald, Goa – 4th March 2012
“writing new chapters” written by Jennifer Parras Mascarenhas

2012-03-04 Writing New Chapters

“Libraries are now fewer in number than ever before. Jennifer Parras Mascarenhas visits Bookworm, a library that brings books to children, to keep the reading habit alive.

With the advent of the various forms of social media, cultivating the reading habit in children at an early age is a challenge for most book loving parents. Sujata Noronha and Elaine Mendonsa decided to take up the challenge of introducing children to the world of books and imagination with ‘Bookworm’, a library that lends books to the children of the community…”







Planet-Goa [Online]
Cholta Cholta: Sketches of Panjim – illustrated by Pritha Sardessai; reviewed by Frederick Noronha

Planet-Goa Reading: Cholta CholtaA new book of walking tours does Panjim proud. It comes from the team behind the children’s library Bookworm, and is priced at a reasonable Rs 250 for its 104 pages. It is tastefully illustrated by Pritha Sardessai. This book is a light read, not too packed with text, and instead has a number of neat illustrations and useful tips.

Its title, if you were wondering, is ‘Cholta Cholta: Sketches of Panjim’ and the Konkani words in its title loosely mean “while walking”. It’s packed with illustrations and maps (nine for Panjim, and another for the historic Holy Hill of Old Goa). Included are details of architectural, historical and local lore of structures in each area. Maps carry details of shop and stop points for refreshments and shopping for local produce, adding value to the product. The book recommends “leisurely” walks, taking 45 minutes to an hour…

[Cholta Cholta is now available to buy online from Dial a Book. ]

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