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19th June is Reading Day and the week is celebrated as Reading Week in Kerala. ‘ Read and Grow ’ is the slogan
P N Panicker is known as the Father of the Library Movement in Kerala. The Government of Kerala observes 19 June annually as Vayanadinam (Day of Reading) with a week-long series of activities at schools and public institutions to honour the contributions of P.N. Panicker to the cause of literacy, education and library movement.Kerala today occupies a top slot in the country’s literacy scenario. This ascent has not been quite easy and smooth;among those who gave their “blood, toil, sweat and tears” for the lofty cause, the late PN Panicker stands foremost. He knew the power of the written word and what the power knowledge of the written word would give to a people. He literally trekked through treacherous terrains for “miles and miles”, driven by the noble mission of spreading reading habit among the ordinary folks in his native state.
Shri. P.N. Panicker was a legend in his own life time. It was a life-long devotion to the cause of literacy and sustainedwork in the field that made him so. And his loving memory is honoured in several ways by the people of Kerala inparticular, and now the country at large. Several institutions, organizations and movements have come up to
commemorate his monumental contribution not only in wiping out illiteracy in the state but also steering the state to the path of social, economic and cultural development. In short, he is considered as one of the principal architects of modern Kerala