THE Cagayan de Oro City Public Library is joining other libraries in celebrating the 83rd National Book Week beginning Monday, November 27, to Friday, December 1.
With the theme: "Libraries Take Action: Providing Access and Opportunity For All," the City Head Librarian Loreta Deloso said the City Library promotes reading and love for books to young Filipinos.
"We promote reading to the children kasi ngayon mas gumagamit sila ng gadgets. Sa pagkakaron, ang mga students nato karon lahi naman, sa digital na, online (now use gadgets. Nowadays, the students lean more to digital, in online)," Deloso said, adding that some of the content found online are copied from the books.
Deloso said joining the celebration of the book week also helps promote the City Library to the public.
She added that promoting the City Library is important as libraries help provide opportunities to everyone, especially the children, through access to knowledge by reading books.
On Monday, November 27, the City Public Library gave free books, provided by the library patrons, to everyone who visited the place.
Other activities lined up within the week are: slideshow of the local history which will be shown everyday of the week; Question and Answer activity for children and film showing for children and adults on November 28, spelling contest, word search, and storytelling on November 29; and Tech4Ed Orientation on December 1.
Deloso said all the activities will be held in the afternoon as children still have classes in the morning, with the exception of the slideshow, film showing, and the Tech4Ed Orientation for they will be conducted from morning until afternoon.
The Tech4Ed Orientation, Deloso said, will be participated by representatives of every barangays in Cagayan de Oro City who will be briefed by speakers provided by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
The Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs, and Economic Development (Tech4Ed) is a project of the DICT that estabishes eCenters that provide critical e-government and ICT-enabled services in communities with minimal or no access to information and government services.
Deloso also mentioned that City Mayor Oscar Moreno plans to rebuild the City Public Library.
"Sabi ni mayor may plano siyang baguhin ang building. Yung whole building bali gigibain tapos papatayuin ng bagong building (The city mayor said he has a plan to change the City Public Library building. The whole building will be demolished and a new building will be built)," Deloso said, adding that there is still no specific date as to when it will be done.