Ateneo de Naga University Region V—BRLC
"I don't like books."
That is what my past self would say about reading. Growing up, books weren't exposed to me. The only books I could read were the ones with pictures. Though
I was an honor student, I felt behind than the others. But I did want to start reading; it just wasn't easy. I wasn't a reader and new books were expensive, so reading didn't feel worth it. I would've gone to a library, but the only thing was— my school didn't have one.
So, when I started high school, I was ecstatic to explore my school's library and read freely. It became the paradise of the developing book lover in me. I fed my brain with information and felt myself change. I felt ready to live— because of books.
But then again, I was privileged. Not everyone had the same access and opportunity. Some didn't even have decent classrooms, let alone a library. So, even if books changed me, others still remained indifferent.
However; with a collective vision and connected actions towards better library access everywhere, transformation might come in the society. For in a single page, paragraph, line, phrase, or even word— great power lies. A book's power could change someone's heart and outlook in life through empathy. If one book could do this, then a library could do even more. In this world filled with chaos, injustice, and false news created by our own leaders, everyone must be firm and not be swayed by falsities. The very change we asked our leaders should start within ourselves. Libraries could do that— in the form of literature.
Back then, I didn't like books. But then again, humans don't like what they can't understand. Books changed that for me— and it could to it again to others.