BAGUIO CITY -- 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 ages six to 13 years old have registered and availed of the free reading tutorial for kids.
“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 in three different levels -- beginners, intermediate, and advance.
“'Yung mga bata ngayon most of them they are not after sa books kasi gawa nun dahil sa technology pero nung in-offer ko 'tong reading naging interesting sa kanila ang libro (the children are not interested in books because of the gadgets but they started to show interest after we offered reading [tutorials]),” 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, as well as 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 din dito sa library (Gadgets are not the only things children can have fun with but also in the library)," she said.
Making reading fun
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 (so that you can encourage them to read books),” she said.
"At tsaka ang reading ini-integrate ko ang sariling skills, ang iba't-ibang strategy na pwedeng ma-entice ang bata na mag-engage at maging iba ang attitude nila when it comes to reading (I am integrating my skills and doing 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 would 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.
"We don't just confine ourselves inside the facility, we have to go out also to reach out to them [community] to know that there is an existing public library, and that's for everybody," she said. (PNA)