DARREL MANUEL O. MARCO, RL
Chair, 84th National Book Week Celebration
Happy 84th National Book Week!!!
We are just a year away from celebrating the 85th year of the National Book Week. As an organization, PLAI has done a lot to promote the love for reading and the widespread of literacy -from library building to librarians' trainings, from book mobiles to technology applications -- and yet we also recognize that we still have a long way to go.
Connected Actions. Libraries are communities and we acknowledge the role of other stakeholders that help us with our goal -- the LGUS, the NGOS, and many organizations and individuals, who have the heart to serve and help raise awareness on the value of libraries and literacy.
Collective vision. We also recognize the regionalization and multiculturalism of libraries and librarians. Though set apart by differences in cultures, we are united and bound together because we have one common goal: to escalate the value of libraries in our society.
Libraries (and librarians) transforming society. I long for a society that will look up to libraries as their sanctuary, their learning hub, their third space. Think of Cebu City Public Library. This is one good case study of how libraries should be -- service-oriented and always open to everyone who needs it.
This National Book Week 2018, I also challenge our librarians to pick up one good story -- read it, tell it, re-write it! Do something that would leave a mark to your community and will make them realize of our worth.
The love for books and reading should come from each one of us. After all, how are you going to share something that you do not have?