Black Mountain and Mumbai libraries establish exchange

From staff reports

Reaching around the globe, the Black Mountain Public Library has established an exchange with the first free public library in Mumbai, India.

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, had not had a free public library until Vibha Kamat co-founded Mcubed Library (

During the Friendship Link children’s program May 7 at the Black Mountain library, Kamat and her daughter Surabhi received gift books and left books written by Indian authors (many were signed by the Indian authors “for our friends in Black Mountain”).

One of the authors is Kamat’s husband, Dilip D’Souza, whose book “Roadrunner: An Indian’s Quest In America” recounts his travels across the United States, including a visit in Black Mountain.

“This is a great link for us,” Denise King, Black Mountain’s head librarian, said. “It helps broaden the horizons of our young people and gives us all an opportunity to feel a real connection with India.”