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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Public Librarians in Action Wins Everyone's Heart In Poor Communities of Manila





These group of people are not selling street foods on sidewalks , Hence, they sell more than that! "Free Learning and Entertainment for Everyone". In fact, they are workers from the National Library of the Philippines and call themselves Public Librarians in Action.



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The National Library of the Philippines built this project few years from now, The "Reading Brigade" aims to bring part of the library collections to selected poor communities around Manila and provide free LEARNING AND ENTERTAINMENT such as storytelling, coloring activities, read-a-loud while also teaching them good morals at the same time. 


Ms. Melanie Ramirez is currently working in the Children's Section of National Library of the Philippines and she is quite famous in the field of Philippine Librarianship as an amazing storyteller. She conducted so many seminars and attended forums with  regards to storytelling, library reach-out programs and public speaking .



These kids felt really excited to check all the books and toys brought by Public Librarians in Action on Wheels during that day.


Ms. Ramirez admits, "It's not easy to be roving with all these story books, tables, chairs and teach these kids because of the dust and trash on the streets, the weather is sometimes extremely hot and cold but it's even harder to watch these kids joyfully expecting us and abandon them. They come to see us!

"As Librarians, we do our very best to be with them in just a short period of time, they expect us to read wonderful stories, dance and sing along with them while showing our biggest smiles."

"We always tell them that it's free to hope and dream big. Someday, you will not be poor and help others too."

"The laughter and joy we see on their faces is the best payment we receive from them"




The Reading Brigade Project was inspired by the remarkable story of Efren Penaflorida ,"2009 CNN Hero of the Year".  From a very poor family , it never stops him to educate himself and finished school. After that, he helped to educate many poor communities around Manila with his push cart library. 


"Selling Free Education on Streets: Things Money Can’t Buy That Sells More Than Once It Meets the Eye" 




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Mga Kuhang Larawan na Galing sa Social Media, ito ang link:  https://www.facebook.com/melanie.a.ramirez.7

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