Meet the Maplewood Memorial Library Foundation Board of Trustees: Akshatha Gopal Shetty


From the Maplewood Memorial Library Foundation

Akshatha Gopal Shetty

Akshatha Gopal Shetty got used to exploring new worlds from an early age. She was born in a small town near Udupi in India, and her father’s job took her and her family to Bangalore, Mumbai and other cities, never staying in one place for more than three years. As a child, her mother often entertained her with fairy tales to entice her to eat.

Very quickly, she fell in love with reading. Relying on her school’s libraries, Akshatha read between classes and on her trips to and from school. Her appetite for reading overtook her school’s one-book-a-week policy and soon she was begging her parents to buy her more books, and after devouring them she was reading her mother’s magazines. end to end.

“I want my daughter to experience the same joys of reading as me; the ability to slip into different worlds. Being able to laugh or cry with a good book is priceless,” she says.

What is the book that changed your life?

I like to think that every book I’ve read has changed my life in a small way. But if I had to name one, it’s The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. If I had to recommend one book to someone who would like to change their life for the better, it would be James Clear’s Atomic Habits. When the pandemic hit, I read the full volume of One Thousand and One Nights. I want to call it a divine masterpiece; It brought back so many childhood memories.

Why did you join the Foundation?

I have always had a vocation to do more for society. Someone once said that if you want to change the world, start at home. I’m proud to call Maplewood my home and when the opportunity arose to join the Library Foundation Board of Trustees, I was thrilled, because it’s something I’m passionate about. Libraries have touched and changed so many lives for the better and as long as we have libraries we will have hope for the future.

Which library updates are you most interested in?

I am very excited about the children’s reading room where I can bring my toddler for story time. I also look forward to attending events in the Community Hall and enjoying the view of our Memorial Park from its floor-to-ceiling windows with a good book in hand.


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