Saturday, November 29, 2008

Inquirer Read Along sa Naga





Its been a while since I posted the NBW activities. Last November 22, Raul S. Roco Library served as the venue for the
Inquirer Read-Along which was held simultaneous with other cities in the country. We acknowledged Jollibee and the pupils of Concepcion Grande Elementary School for thier participation during the program. Also, the Inquirer South Luzon for thier decision to hold the activity, the Storytellers, DepEd English Supervisor Mam Selga and the Roco Library STaff.

The reading program boosts and compliments our current storytelling programs such as the Children's Bookfest and Byaheng Bukmubil. For this, I will be pushing for more reading activities sessions, storytelling in particular, for the year 2009.
Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Interactive storytelling in Naga City

I did not attend my Saturday class in UP to give way with the Inquirer Read-A-Thon which selects the Naga City Library as one of venue outside Metro Manila. I did not hesitate to accept the request since it will make the library more sensible to the Naga residents, and obviously, this is an opportune time that Raul Roco Library will be features in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Anyway, this is one that I cullred from the Philippine Daily Inquirer writter by Juan Escandor Jr. and Posted date: December 11, 2008



NAGA CITY – For two years now, the Children’s Bookfest Program of the Raul S. Roco Library (RSR Library) in Naga City has been developing the habit of reading among preschoolers in “educare” (education day care) centers and elementary pupils of up to Grade 2.

Federico Vinluan, the librarian, said the program would select readers of children’s books among local officials, academicians and members of the business community and civic organizations. They would then explain the benefits of reading to the young listeners.

So, when the Inquirer (parent company of INQUIRER.NET) proposed to hold its Read-Along session at the RSR Library inside the City Hall compound, Vinluan gladly welcomed it as a boost to its own book-reading program.

The Inquirer event on Saturday was launched simultaneously in Baguio, Talisay and Davao cities as part of the newspaper’s thrust to develop love for reading among children outside Metro Manila.
Touching hearts, minds“It has touched the hearts and minds of 70 pupils at the same time that it boosted our continuing book reading campaign here, having for its guest readers a beauty queen and a book author,” Vinluan said.

The library’s children’s section on the ground floor was a perfect venue. Its walls are painted with bright-colored murals and illustrations on the wall, including the planetary system.

A raised platform, where the reader’s chair was placed, faced the children, mostly students from the Concepcion Pequeña Elementary School, who were seated comfortably on the blue rubber mats.

The participants enjoyed the hour-long interactive storytelling, answering questions tossed to them for rewards. Judy Ann, a Grade 5 pupil, said she loved the group activity.

When Chito de la Vega, Inquirer Libre editor, laid down the “rules” of the Read-Along – listening, avoiding distractive movements and cooperating to create an enjoyable learning experience for everyone – the children readily responded in unison: “Opo!” (Yes, sir!).

In his inspirational talk, Mayor Jesse Robredo enjoined the children to develop the reading habit so they could learn things that are useful in actual life.

StorytellersKristian Sendon Cordero, a Palanca awardee and Bicol fictionist, poet and book author, read the first story, “Munting Patak Ulan” (“Little Raindrop” by Gloria Villaraza Guzman) about the journey of a tiny raindrop from the clouds to the land, rivers and dams – an allegory on the importance of water to life.

Cordero engaged the youngsters by asking them to raise their hands if they had taken a bath in the rain in their lifetime. Almost all did and answered “Opo!” Nice, another Grade 5 pupil, loved the story, “Emang Engkantada at Ang Tatlong Haragan (“Ema the Enchantress and the Three Brats” by Rene Villanueva),” which was read by Maria Venus Raj, Miss Philippine Eco-Tourism 2008. The reading was “nicely done,” she said.

Raj paused several times to ask for feedback from her audience, giving clues and repeating answers about the story of Pat Kalat, Pol Putol and Paz Waldas, who ran into the beautiful place of the fairy, destroyed and wasted everything on their path until Emang Engkantada punished them.

In the end, the three changed their ways and became responsible children, helping protect and preserve the environment.

ComprehensionAbel, a Grade 6 pupil, said the activity was challenging and tested their ability to comprehend.
Excitement swept the crowd when the Jollibee mascot came in, dancing to hip-hop music. The food chain treated the children to lunch after the Read-Along formally ended.

Vinluan said the presence of personalities and celebrities had been effective in attracting participants and heightening the library’s reading-habit advocacy. Its regular storyteller, Roco’s widow Sonia, reads to children every August and October.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

READ, LEARN AND CONNECT@nAGA Library!

I have been out for a while with studies and work that constitute most of my time, and the blogging, which serve as my avenue to share information on naga library was hampered. However, will not escape the month ends without congratulating the new librarians who passed the recent Librarian’s Licensure Examinations. And of course, without noticing that, some libraries have been busy with the celebration of the National Book Week. The FilipinoLibrarian blogs is one of the useful sites for this year celebration and I’ve read the blogs on READ Pinoy! with the NBW Theme: Ang batang palabasa dalubhasa sa kultura (with different versions and translations in Naga City schools). Naga Library enjoins other libraries with a simple celebration to promote the Library in Naga.

It started in this coming Saturday, November 22, with the support of Jollibee and the Naga City Government, Philippine Daily Inquirer - Inquirer Read-Along program has chosen the Naga Library as the venue for the simultaneous Storyreading sessions along with other key cities in the country.

Some activities will be reset in January and in the celebration of the National Arts Month, where Raul S. Roco Library is the venue for the exhibit of Bikol Materials.... as of the moment, happy library month!

Visiting Masbate

I had a chance to visit the Provincial Library of Masbate as the Secretariat when i coordinated the LGU on the 3rd Raul S. Roco Youth Achievement Awards. It is located within the Masbate Provincial Building and, sadly, I missed the Provincial Librarian. Her staff introduced me to the reading areas and its services during my visit and they allow me to get photos of the library. Anyway, I will be back in January 2009 for the formal launching of the 3Rd Youth Achievement AWArds, and will take advantage of my visit to coordinate and share programs with the Masbate Provincial Librarian.

Here's the library:





One of the scene when visitors travel from Pilar Sorsogon to Masbate

Monday, November 10, 2008

Best Practices!

Day after the occasion of the 3rd Raul S. Roco Day is the National Conference of Public Librarians at the National Library. This was on October 27 and 28, where public librarians gather together to bring out issues in public libraries and librarianship, formulate solutions and ideas to improve the library services.

Raul S. Roco Library, on the other hand, was chosen by the National Library to feature in the two-day Conference entitled Best Practices: Raul S. Roco Library. The presentation became more more authoritative and convincing as Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee in Public Service and one of the new inspiring leaders, delivered the lecture attended by 600 public librarians nationwide.

There are more than one thousand public libraries in the country, and being chosen by the National Library, is one of the best thing I can share to my staff and to inspire them to work for the general interest of the Naga City.
AGAIN, Dios Mabalos.


City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo (righmost part) speaking before the National Conference of Public Librarians at the National Library last October 27-28 on Best Practices: Raul S. Roco Library with Public Libraries Division Chief Sancho Domenden, Asst. Director Flora Valmonte and Director Prudenciana C. Cruz .