By: Bienvenido P. Ongkiko, III
The Quezon City Public Library - Novaliches branch formally launched its Book-TANical Garden (formerly named “Green Library” or “Luntiang Bahay Aklatan”) on January 23, 2020, located at a vacant lot at the back of the library building to serve as an extension of the library services to the people of Novaliches Proper. Table and chairs were placed in the garden and copies of magazines hanged in makeshift newspaper stand, for the people roaming the garden to just sit, read, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the sprouting vegetable plants like pechay, ampalaya, mustasa, green sili, malunggay, and other flowering plants. It is a pioneering effort of Novaliches Branch Library to inspire people to plant as well in their own backyards and experience how a simple pot of soil with seeds when grown can provide healthy food for the family. To mark the occasion, a ribbon cutting ceremony, led by the City Librarian, Ms. Emelita L. Villanueva, highlighted the formal opening of the Book-Tanical Garden. “This is another innovative project of the QCPL out of the four corners of the library”, the City Librarian said in her speech. Among those present during the occasion were the Acting Assistant City Librarian Mariza G. Chico, Publication Services Head Lucila R. Raquiño, Children's Corner Head, Alistair Troy Lacsamana, District Libraries Head Analiza Martinez, Marketing Section Head, Mary Ann L. Bernal and District V Libraries Coordinator Emerlina R. Tan.
QCPL-Lagro Branch Launches Super Bookman
By: Raquel I. Lunar
In celebration of World Read Aloud day, the Quezon City Public Library (QCPL)-Lagro Branch Library had launched a super book hero named “Super Bookman” on January 21, 2020 at Barangay Lagro proper with the aim to encourage more people to enjoy reading. “Super Bookman” will be wearing a costume and designed to go around the barangays in the 5th District of the city to conduct series of reading campaigns, promote library services thru library orientation and share and read books to children. The concept of this project is to draw the attention of the children, teenagers and even adults to listen to Super Bookman (considering the very colorful costume) for them to go to the library and read. The launching of Super Bookman kicked off with a motorcade from Lagro Subdivision to Quirino Highway to Maligaya Road, Belfast Avenue, Bristol Street and back. It was participated in by 108 preschool children from Yakap Day
QCPL Gears Towards an AutismFriendly Environment
By: Rowena G. Remiendo
The Quezon City Public Library has partnered with the Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP) for the launch of the first seminar-orientation promoting the development of an autism friendly-environment in the city library. Councilor Nicole Ella "Nikki" V. Crisologo, who sits as chairperson of the QC Council committee on People with Special Needs and Ms. Cecil Sicam, one of the founders of the ASP, were among those present during the activity. In her inspirational message, Councilor Crisologo stressed that there is a continuing effort from the Quezon City government to address the concerns of children with
special needs in the city. She said that plans are underway to ensure that developmental program shall be adopted by the city for the benefit of children with special needs, specifically those diagnosed with autism. For her part, Sicam, whose son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, underscored the importance of creating an autism friendly-environment as she encouraged people to be mindful of the challenges faced by people with autism and their families, as well.
Initiated by the Readers Services Division, the orientation-seminar was attended by some 50 library personnel, including division heads, section heads, district coordinators and front liners.
City librarian Emelita L. Villanueva, in her inspirational message, vowed to support the development of an autism-friendly environment at the QCPL as she emphasized that people with autism need more understanding and empathy rather than criticized and belittled.
Held January 20 at the QCPL building, the activity was also attended by ASP Vice President Perlita So.
LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL JAPAN
DONATED COMPUTER SET FOR QCPL CUBAO BRANCH
MARIA CARMEN C. CHUA
The Quezon City Public Library- Cubao Branch acknowledges the
philantrophic deeds of Higo Reimei Lions Club International District 337-E from Kumamoto, Japan represented by Immediate Past President Hirosuke Genkawa, Yanachi Koichi and Ana Marie Fukada in partnership with District 301-D2 headed by Governor Generoso D. Del Rosario by donating one (1) set of Desktop Computer for this branch. Said Office equipment was turned over through District IV Libraries Coordinator Jeniffer R. Adajo, Library in Charge Maria Carmen C. Chua, and its staff last February 19,
In return, Cubao Branch gave its donors Certificate of Appreciation to
express its gratitude for their goodness. Ms. Floribel Carlos, District Chairperson of the Reading Action Program of Pasig Lions Club District 301-D2 also donated storybooks for our branch library where its community can benefit. She was actually the one who initiated the donation of said computer set. It’s noteworthy that Lions Clubs International (LCI) is an international nonpolitical service organization and has been an active and generous sponsor and partner of QCPL-Cubao branch’s outreach projects and activities aim to uplift the quality of life of the latter’s adopted schools and communities. For this year, Lions Club International District 301-D2 has lined up pledges
for this branch – something to be excited in the near future.