By Chito Chavez
The Quezon City Public Library – Children Section said on Friday it has adopted new approaches to make reading more fun and enjoyable in a bid to entice children to read more.
From April 20 to May 3, teachers and librarians from various public schools attended the city library’s Pinoy Reading Buddies (PRB) workshop.
The teachers were taught creative methodologies to make reading fun and interactive for students.
These strategies included a photo walk (where learners create stories based on pictures), read-out-loud sessions, and word wall where students learn new words and their meanings.
QCPL – Children’s Section chief Troy Lacsamana said the PRB program has trained more than a hundred teachers and librarians in its three years of implementation.
“Iisa lang naman ang layunin ng aming programa: gawing equipped ang mga guro upang maayos na maisagawa ang programa nang sa gayon ay maibalik ‘yung hilig at pagmamahal ng mga bata sa pagbabasa (Our sole purpose of the program is to equip our teachers and make them encourage the children to love reading),’’Lacsama said.
Program participant and Tandang Sora National High School Grade 10 English teacher Narciso Guerra said the program helped them in bringing back their students’ interest in reading books.
“Napaka-positibo ng naging feedback ng mga bata noong in-implement namin ito last year. Bumabalik sa library ‘yung mga bata, kitang-kita na nadagdagan ‘yung interest nila sa pagbabasa (We received positive feedbacks from the children when we implemented the program last year. The children returned to the library and it was obvious their interest in reading had intensified),” Guerra said.
PRB is part of QCPL’s 2019 summer activities that also included a digital literacy workshop on May 6 to 10 and a puppetry workshop on May 14 to 16. (Chito A. Chavez)