By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
It’s almost the end of November, which is Philippine Book Development Month as mandated by law and the Department of Education’s National Reading Month. And happily, many book-related events continue to take place.
November is National Reading Month, and at the kickoff last Monday Education Secretary Armin Luistro urged schoolchildren to let books unleash the wonders of their imagination. “There are books that will take you anywhere in the world… Books open up new and strange worlds that we might neither know nor reach. They can give us anything we imagine,” he told his audience at Pasig Central Elementary School.
By Mariejo Mariss S. Ramos
Secondhand bookstores have taught me some of life’s valuable lessons.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
What books are significant to you? Facebook introduced this challenge to get people engaged and read the advertisements that boost its revenues. Facebook friends ask the same intrusive question to get people to disclose a bit more about themselves. Don’t think too hard, they ask, just give a list.
Public libraries are open places where the community can bask in reading and learning. They are spaces where people, regardless of age, gender, religion, race, nationality or social status can have equal access. In this age of new technologies, libraries are still essential in promoting culture, information, literacy and education.