Issue of July 7, 2019
Mt. Province
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City Library gives free tutorial to 50 children
by Argielynne Gem Ramos / PNA

The city’s public library is promoting traditional reading among kids in the hope of encouraging them to see the value of reading books.

Some 50 children aged six to 13 years have registered and availed of the free reading tutorial.

“It is the newest activity launched by the city library to engage the kids to read books instead of gadgets,” said Sharon Hallig, librarian I at the City Library who gives the tutorial classes.

There are six one-hour sessions every Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., three sessions each in the morning and afternoon with a maximum of 10 participants per session.

Participants stay at the children’s section of the public library located at Burnham Park where the reading sessions are held.

Depending on the assessment, participants will be evaluated and categorized into beginners, intermediate, and advance levels.

“Most children now are not into books gawa ng modern technology pero ‘nung in-offer ko itong reading naging interesting sa kanila ang libro,” Hallig said.

She said getting the children’s interest in reading is a skill wherein the teacher has to come up with various ways to encourage and make children enjoy reading a book.

The activity, which is on its trial stage, teaches children how to read and appreciate the use of vocabulary and improve their comprehension while having fun. The kids are also taught the use of the dictionary.

Two years ago, the library also started the school-based reading, a two to three-month program of the city’s public library where they go to schools to teach reading in English and in Filipino.

Hallig said the goal of the program is to help the community and less fortunate children whose parents cannot afford to enroll their kids in a private tutorial.

She said they are not just promoting reading but the children’s section of the library as well.

Hindi lang puro gadgets ang pwedeng pagkaabalahan ng bata but pwede rin dito sa library,” she said.

Hallig said teachers have to be innovative and come up with different ideas to make the reading process interesting and enjoyable for children of different ages.

“It’s up to you on how to articulate the story para ma-encourage sila to read books. I integrate my skills and apply different strategies to entice the children to be engaged and change their attitude when it comes to reading,” she added.

Easter Pablo, librarian III, said they will continue with the program to promote the love for reading and modernizing their way of teaching using different strategies to engage more students to be involved in the activity.

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