I remember the first time I ever held my first non-picture book. It was a Nancy Drew hard bound book, the title escapes me but I was very excited to hold it in my hands. Mind you have been reading books on my own since I was 3 years old and most of them were long thin books with large colorful photos, but now at 7 years old am finally ready to go a step further.
My feelings about books and reading runs very deep. As a child I was always left alone on my own devices during the summer. My parents were not believers of Summer Programs or Summer Activities since they were both so busy about making ends meet. So I am left in the company of my siblings who prefer television and rowdy play. So I go travel in the pages of my favorite books and I will spend my summer days content. Now a days though, children are not given the same opportunity to develop a love for reading. Some are not even lucky enough to own a book or have a place to borrow them.
I don’t know about you but there is a certain satisfaction and a bit of sadness as we finish a book and finally put it up a shelf. No matter what book you finish you are forever changed, you become richer in terms of knowledge and your views widen. Out of all the books you have read, I am sure like me you have favorites you come back to and possibly share with friends and family
Spreading the love for reading among Filipinos is at the core of National Book Store (NBS).
This year, the country’s favorite book store is celebrating 75 years of creating a growing nation of readers and being a strong advocate for education.
As part of the festivities, NBS recently launched the Read Out Loud Challenge (ROLC) on Facebook and Instagram, aiming to promote the love of reading among Filipinos while supporting a good cause. The mechanics are simple. Post a video of yourself reading out loud an excerpt from your favorite book and challenge 3 other people to do it. When you upload to either Facebook or Instagram, add the hashtag #ReadOutLoudChallenge and tag National Book Store (@nbsalert).
For every 75 videos posted, the NBS Foundation will set up a library in an indigent community, complete with Project Aklat racks that consists of DepEd-approved books. Project Aklat is an initiative started back in 2006 by the NBS Foundation, and 400 libraries have been set up since then. Now, with the ongoing ROLC campaign, NBS aims to set up 100 libraries nationwide.
With such a worthy cause, it’s no surprise that celebrities, authors, and social media influencers have taken on the ROLC. Leading them is no less than the founder of NBS and an advocate for literacy, Mrs. Socorro Ramos or Nanay Coring, as she is fondly called.
While the ROLC will promote and support Project Aklat, the NBS Foundation will also launch the 8th year of Project Aral this April 7,2017 in all NBS branches nationwide.
Project Aral aims to visit and help over 150 communities who lack basic school necessities. That’s why in this year’s Project Aral, there will be two different kits: The first kit which costs only 25 pesos contains 2 notebooks, 2 pencils, a sharpener, and an eraser. The second kit costs 50 pesos and contains 2 notebooks, 2 pencils, a sharpener, an eraser, and a pair of slippers – a great gift for children who currently have to make their way to school barefoot. But whatever kit you purchase will surely bring a smile to many Filipino children.
These are just a few of the activities in store for Filipinos as part of National Book Store’s 75th Anniversary. There will be more to come, but for now, celebrate with NBS by accepting the Read Out Loud Challenge to spread the love for reading and help set up libraries nationwide.
Time to bring your favorite lines to life! Shop online at nationalbookstore.com. Visit the NBS Blog (blog.nationalbookstore.com) and follow them on social media (@nbsalert) on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Below is one of my contributions to National Bookstore’s #ReadOutLoudChallenge. It is so simple, effortless and you get to help built libraries for kids. So now my readers, I officially challenge you to Read Out Loud.
Until next time!