Sunday, April 14, 2013

Do You Know There is A Public Library Day?

by Neni Sta. Romana Cruz

Chair, National Book Development Board

Public school teachers recently assembled to celebrate Public Library Day (which, of course, they were surprised to know) through a day-long Booklatan sa Bayan at the Pasig City Public Library, a collaboration between the National Book Development Board and the head librarian of the showcase Pasig Library, Teresita P. Osorio. Booklatan is a series of workshops geared toward promoting a culture of reading and lifelong learning for teachers and librarians. The special focus in consonance with the thrust of the Department of Education on teaching and reading in the mother tongue was pointed out by a youthful hip writer in Filipino, Beverly Wico Siy, author of the popular novel “It’s a Mens World.” Siy did a survey of Philippine contemporary literature in Filipino, showing samples of books for teachers to use and, perhaps more relevant, actual anthologies put together by teachers and students. Those made classroom publishing so feasible. Typical of Bebang (billed as Beb-ang, as a foil to the mysterious Bob Ong that has even reluctant readers among Xavier School teeners in stitches), she advised that the best Linggo ng Wika essays or “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” compositions be chosen.

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Maraming salamat po, Mam Neni!

Maraming salamat din po kay Dr. Elena Cutiongco! Siya ang tumawag sa akin para sabihin ang tungkol sa artikulong ito.

PAUNAWA: Ang Palawan City Library ang nasa larawan. Ang coypright ng larawan ay kay Beverly Siy.

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