DARREL MANUEL O. MARCO, RL

Chair, 84th National Book Week Cel­e­bra­tion

National Book Week 2018 - - M E S S A G E -

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?

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