National Library conducts online storytelling, art workshops
QUEZON CITY, June 27 (PIA) — Parents, how do you engage your kids to learn during lockdown?
Although a hundred days of home quarantine could bore them to death, the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) offers a hundred ways to engage them.
The NLP invites parents and kids to follow the NLP Book Cart Facebook Page and listen to librarian kwentitas or storytellers Melai “Ate Melai” Abad Ramirez, Tom “Kuya Tom” Fernando, and James “Kuya James” Mab as they read-a-loud Filipino-authored childrens’ books.
Aside from online storytelling, they also stream live via Facebook some arts and crafts workshops, puppet shows, and storytelling webinars every Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:00am and 3:00pm.
Oral reading is one way to improve children’s oral fluency while keeping them entertained, studies show.
The NLP Book Cart Library Project was launched in July 12, 2017 in cooperation with the Library Renewal Partnership and 70 Degrees of Change Foundation to reach out to young children who do not have access to reading materials.
The librarian kwentitas from NLP headed by Ate Melai, Kuya Tom, and Kuya Jake could be spotted with their book cart roving around Rizal Park every Friday and Saturday prior to lockdown.
They promoted reading and lifelong learning by bringing library materials and services to street kids loitering at the Rizal Park.
But since no mass gatherings are allowed to control the spread of COVID-19, the three librarian kwentitas brought their storytelling advocacy online with their pilot episode on March 26.
They have established partnerships with local publishing houses, schools, local governments, and international organizations such as the Philippine Italian Association and European Union to better promote the project.
Those who want to catch up on NLP Kwentistas’ online storytelling sessions may log on to the NLP website: web.nlp.gov.ph and watch their videos by clicking on the book covers. (MTQ-PIA/IDPD)