First-ever City Library Open House event launched

Mayor John Dalipe leads the launching of the City Library’s first-ever Open House event and the 3rd Annual Summer Learn program, Wednesday, August 2.

Intended to promote literacy and reading among young children, the Open House celebration from Aug 2-11 provides book lovers the opportunity to explore the world of books and knowledge as well as know more about the services offered by the Zamboanga City Library to support their reading and research needs.

During the event, participants can take books of their choice for free (maximum of 3 books per person).  Up for grabs are a wide selection of reading materials to include story books for children, novels, academic books, magazines and chavacano books.

On the other hand, the 3rd Annual Summer Learn program is a 3-day activity (Aug. 2-4) participated by Grade 3 to 6 learners. The program includes a Read Aloud Session and Storytelling with Mayor Dalipe and Vice Mayor Josephine Pareja, represented by her Chief of staff Atty. Mike Fernandez on the first day and the organization of young storytellers club and storytelling with Councilor Vino Guingona on the second day (Aug. 3). On Aug. 4, the activities will be focused on arts and culture.

In his message, Mayor Dalipe exhorted the young students to develop the love for reading stating that “in every book there’s a lesson to be learned, a message to embrace and adventure that will resonate with your hearts.”

“In each word you read, you grow wiser, stronger and more compassionate. The characters you read will become your friends and the wisdom you gain will become your armor in the face of challenges,” Mayor Dalipe added.

City Librarian Madelyn Candido calls on book lovers to take the opportunity and celebrate the joy of reading during the weeklong (Aug. 2-11 from 9am to 2pm) Open House event at the City Library located along R.T. Lim Boulevard, San Jose Cawa-cawa (fronting the Sangguniang Panlungsod). Admission to the Library Open House is free.

The City Library is a division under the Office of the Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod. (Sheila Covarrubias with reports from Jamil Dari, Mae Crystelle Bucoy – ZPPSU Interns)