June 17, 2024

The Benguet Provincial Library is recognized among the country’s top 10 diligent libraries for 2020 owing to its unhampered services to the community and programs encouraging reading among children during the pandemic.
Other awardees conferred by the National Library of the Philippines are the municipal libraries of Pozorrubio and San Manuel in Pangasinan; Dapitan Public Library and Manila-Saramento Friendship Library, both in Manila; Pinamalayan Municipal Library in Occidental Mindoro; Tayabas City Library; Lucena City Library; Malabon City Library; and Polangui Municipal Library in Albay.
The Benguet Provincial Library has recently launched its online “Reading Challenge: Benguet Provincial Library Storytelling” program for gradeschool pupils.
Mariline Sawey of the provincial library said the program, which started on Jan. 7, promotes reading among children aged eight to 15 years old.
“We post children’s stories and videos of these narrated stories every week on our Facebook page,” Sawey said.
The children’s stories would then be accompanied by questions from the story which will be answered by participants through the Google form posted in the Benguet Provincial Library Facebook account.
Winners will then be informed through private messages or phone calls. 
Last week’s stories were “Covibook” by Manuela Molina and “Alamat ng Ampalaya” by Augie Rivera, Jr. and illustrated by Kora Albano.
Winners for the Covibook reading challenge are Lheander Lloyd Isaiah Elayda, 13 and Chris Joy Pangilinan, 10, who received certificates and prizes picked up by their guardians.
The provincial library has also opened its facilities to students who are taking up their modules. Students can use the library’s desktop computer and laptops, Internet access and library books for their researches.
The library located behind the Capitol is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.
Minimum health protocols are being implemented inside the library. – Ofelia C. Empian