9-year-old girl runs slum library in India

A nine year old girl in Bhopal, India is being touted as the youngest librarian of India, after helping to maintain a library for children in the regions’ slums.

Muskaan Ahriwar started her new role at the library, known as “Bal Pustakalaya” when a team from the State Education Board (SEB) visited Muskaan’s slum on New Years.  At the time, they gave 25 books to the children to read and share with each other.

They conducted a Q&A round as well to gauge more information on the status of the kids’ education. Muskaan won the quiz and readily accepted the challenge of educating her friends with the help of the books provided to her by SEB, who has handed the responsibility of maintaining a library for the books provided to the little girl.

“Currently officials have provided 121 books to the library, which is my responsibility and I love doing this. Other children in slum area take books and then return other day. Some stay back to read here with me and ask questions where they don’t understand,” said Muskaan.

Muskaan also receives help and input from her elder sister Neha Ahriwar.