Reaching out through reading

In line with the University's community engagement thrust, the DLSU Libraries continue to promote literacy and life-long learning by partnering with the Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) to reach out to less privileged communities. Activities such as book donation and storytelling sessions are just some of the Libraries' initiatives to realize this thrust.

For this reason, last July 19, 2013, another outreach activity was held at the Child Friendly Spaces Day Care Center at the Brgy. 718, Malate, Manila. Forty-three (43) preschoolers participated in the fun-filled activities prepared for them by the Libraries. Teachers, parents and other barangay officials were also present during the event.

The activity started off with the formal turnover of storybooks and other English language learning materials, led by Ms. Janice PeƱaflor, Public Programs Librarian. From an empty shelf, 90 volumes of children’s books filled its layers, which were enthusiastically received by the teachers and children.

Engagement with the kids followed as the Associate American Studies Resource Center Librarian, Ms. Donna Labangon, started the storytelling session. The story aimed at teaching the children how to appreciate different colors they see around them. After listening to the story, the kids were asked to participate by quizzing them, and those who answered correctly were given prizes. To further reinforce learning, the use of iPad, along with its cool educational apps for kids, was used in the session. The session ended by giving away treats for the children to enjoy.