December 30, 2011

Sri Mayapur International School Students Visit BRC

One particularly enlivening visit was from a dozen students from the Sri Mayapur International School. A group of teenage girls visited the library and stayed overnight in the guest house. 

As one student put it:
“Coming to this library has really been a life changing experience.  It has inspired me to the utmost level to read only Srila Prabhupada’s books and study them… I am really very grateful to all the devotees who have worked so hard to put this library together. This library has really inspired me!” 
–Gaurangi dasi, aged 15 yrs. 
Note: Gaurangi was so inspired that when she returned home she threw out all her mundane literatures and had her mother buy a full set of Srimad Bhagavatam.

December 15, 2011

General Secretary of Original Gaudiya Mission at Bagh Bazaar Visits BRC

We were very pleased to welcome Sripad BS Sannyasi Maharaja, the General Secretary of the Gaudiya Mission at Bhag Bazaar, Kolkata. The Bhag Bazaar Gaudiya Matha is of course the first major temple constructed by the Gaudiya Matha under Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. 
Sannyasi Maharaja had a tour of the library and reciprocated by inviting BRC staff to visit the temple at Bhag Bazaar on December 28 2011.

December 1, 2011

The role of fumigation in restoration efforts

Fumigation of all inventory is essential. The older materials are riddled with destructive insects of various kinds and some of the oldest works are seriously eaten away.

Our fumigation program is simple but effective. Acting on advice from the Asiatic Society library we obtained the necessary chemicals to ensure that all the destructive bugs were eliminated. The books are enclosed in special steel almiras which allow the fumes from the chemical cocktail to circulate. Three weeks is the standard fumigation period.

Once on the shelves of the library the books are surrounded by naphalene balls to keep out any possible new infestations.