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Kendriya Vidyalaya Port Trust, Kochi

Free Map Tools: Website Review

Free Map Tools is a place to find free tools to allow you to measure, save and send maps to other people. These tools can be used for a variety of reasons and by a broad range of people.

The site makes use of Google Maps and offers some very useful and unique online tools which some of us might find handy. Some of the tools offered are:

  • Radius around a point on a map: Draw a quick radius around any given point on a map.
  • How far is it between: Find the distance between two points.
  • Area calculator
  • Find population of a given locality
  • Elevation finder

If you want to try these tools visit the site at

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Academic Inspection on 20/10/2014

Sri.Johnson Mathew, Hon’ble Assistant Commissioner, KVS Ernakulam Region, addressing the students during the Academic Inspection on 20/10/2014.

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About this blog

What this blog has to offer

Welcome! This is your library’s blog. It is like a window of your library to the Web-world. Or, in other words, it is your library’s part of the Web. It offers you a wonderful opportunity to get to know your library better (if you belong to KV Port Trust, Kochi). You will find the following resources here.

  • Searchable, regularly updated Library Catalogue on the Web.
  • Online quiz. Come and check your general awareness.
  • Submit and read book reviews. You can submit book reviews by sending them to
    kvptlib [at] gmail dot com.
  • Photo gallery of most recent events in the Vidyalaya. Come and be a part of it. Find photo galleries of earlier sessions.
  • List of new arrivals in the library.
  • Interesting articles.
  • Read the classics online.
  • Download past CBSE Question Papers: Class X, Class XII
  • Give air to your opinions and suggestions. Make your library serve you better.

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About the library

The library is fully automated since March 2010. The details of all the books in the library have been entered in the computer and these details can be read using a barcode reader. An integrated library software called Libsoft is used for the purpose. Issue and return of the books are done using this software. Circulation record is also maintained on cards as a back-up.

Two library blogs are maintained which give the latest information about the library and other new happenings in the Vidyalaya.

The library catalogue can be accessed at

Books purchase:
Total amount spent on Library books in the session 2015-16: Rs.23664
Total No. of books purchased in the session 2015-16: 261 (entered vide accession nos. 16204-16464)
Total amount spent on Library books in the session 2014-15: Rs.139752
Total No. of books purchased in the session 2014-15: 1091 (entered vide accession nos. 15113-15873)

Number of old books weeded out:
Total No. of books condemned till date: 1956
Books recommended for condemnation in 2014-15: Rs.2169 (67 books)

No. of books:
Total No. of books – 16464 (as per the Accession Register which includes condemned books and books issued to Primary Section).
No. of textbooks – 1029
No. of Reference books – 603
No. of books in Hindi: 1879

No. of newspapers and periodicals/magazines: 06 newspapers and 28 periodicals (including gratis). List of newspapers and periodicals subscribed

No. of users and issue details:
No. of library users: 1101 students and 57 teachers and other staff

Other activities:
Story reading hour
Quiz (Take an online quiz challenge)
Word games
Book review writing and reading in assembly
Discussion about favourite books and authors
Library Bulletin board
Library blog
Book fair – Held during October
Database of e-books and documents (Click here for more information)

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Book Review: Drama Queen

Book Title: Drama Queen
Author: Lara Bergen
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Series: Candy Apple

Candy Apple is a fresh, fun take on fiction for girls: a new line of single titles with pep and pizzazz targeted at the solid middle-grade reader.

Charlie and her best friend Nicole never dreamed that auditioning for the junior high’s musical would lead to this much drama! Charlie gets stuck babysitting her little sister — and her sister’s imaginary friend — at rehearsals. The school’s theater diva has it out for her. And who knew the cutest guy in school could sing and act?

But when the curtain finally goes up, the spotlight falls on something no one expected . . . especially Charlie.


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Photo Gallery

Celebrating Azadi 70 yaad karo kurbaani. View more photos here...

Commencement of Sanksrit Week celebration. View more photos here...

Independence Day celebration. View more photos here...

Social Science exhibition. View more photos here...

The student leaders posing with Dr.Uma Sivaraman, Hon'ble Deputy Commissioner, KVS Regional Office, Ernakulam and other dignitaries after the Investiture Ceremony. View more photos here...

Book Highlight

Told in diary form by an irresistible heroine, this playful and perceptive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the May Bird trilogy sparkles with science, myth, magic, and the strange beauty of the everyday marvels we sometimes forget to notice.

Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood has lived in Cliffden, Maine, her whole life. She’s a typical girl in an atypical world: one where sasquatches helped to win the Civil War, where dragons glide over Route 1 on their way south for the winter (sometimes burning down a T.J. Maxx or an Applebee’s along the way), where giants hide in caves near LA and mermaids hunt along the beaches, and where Dark Clouds come for people when they die.

To Gracie it’s all pretty ho-hum…until a Cloud comes looking for her little brother Sam, turning her small-town life upside down. Determined to protect Sam against all odds, her parents pack the family into a used Winnebago and set out on an epic search for a safe place that most people say doesn’t exist: The Extraordinary World. It’s rumored to lie at the ends of the earth, and no one has ever made it there and lived to tell the tale. To reach it, the Lockwoods will have to learn to believe in each other—and to trust that the world holds more possibilities than they’ve ever imagined.

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