Monday, March 23, 2009

arts in the library

A week ago, my staff, library volunteers and students of Global IT were working for the exhibit of old books and Bicolano writers. The materials sent from six provinces were not sufficient to display an exhibit. In fact, I was surprised to note that few local government units in the region have commissioned a printed work of thier towns/cities which are essential today. I maybe skeptics but, if you are in-charge of the project, and when you are assigned to coordinate with the this lgus, you will notice how hard it is to convince them to come up with a regional exhibit.

Anyway, when members of Sumaro Bikolnon are coming and they are sending their special collection of Bikoliana, the exhibit became a display of Bikol publication of old books written by Bikolano/Filipinos in Bikol dialect. The output of the display is a proof that there are interests and initiatives by Bikolanoes to write and publish books on Bikol during the 1800s. I am refering to the Bikol Literary Festival: Pintakasi kan mga Librong Bikolnon held at the Raul S. Roco Library last March 17 and which was made possible through the help of Sumaro Bikolonon.

In this matter, I learned a lesson. For a public library to grow and became an vital partner of the arts, it needs to reach-out with the local artist -- the writers, poets, etc.

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