February 9, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The municipal government through the Bontoc Municipal Library has come up with a unique way to invite children and teenagers to get interested in reading books. 
Dubbed “2019 Reading Challenge,” participants have to read a book they borrowed from the Bontoc Municipal Library for a minimum of 20 minutes daily from Nov. 5 to Dec. 6. 
Librarian Chamreine Casiwen said the activity is open to five to 12 years old for the children category and 13 to 19 years old for the teen category. 
Casiwen said registration is free but participants must pay an annual borrower’s fee of P30 at the Municipal Treasury Office and present the official receipt of payment at the library upon registration.
Children aged five to 12 must be accompanied by their parent/guardian in the registration. 
Under the children category, the parents/guardians must monitor the daily reading challenge of their child through the reading log sheet which will be provided upon registration. The school librarian shall monitor the reading challenge of participants in the teen category. 
Casiwen said for every week that the reading log sheet has been filled out, participants will get one star punched on their punch card at the Bontoc Municipal Library. 
Participants who will earn five stars from reading books they borrowed will be given a certificate of completion and gift certificates sponsored by the local business sector. 
Aside from the gift certificates, 10 copies of the book “Bontoc and its Barangays” authored by Florence Chaokas will be raffled to the five-star earners. 
The activity is part of the annual observance of the Library and Information Services Month every November pursuant to Proclamation 837, s.1991 in recognition of the need to focus public awareness on the invaluable service that libraries and information centers render. 
With this year’s theme, “Inclusive Innovative Interconnected,” the 2019 Reading Challenge is in coordination with the Department of Education Mountain Province Schools Division Office, Learning Resource Management Services, Mountain Province General Comprehensive High School Library, Saint Vincent’s School Library, and the Bontoc business sector. 
Business sectors who pledged to sponsor the gift certificates are Infinitea, Tchayapan Hotel and Restaurant, Urbanitea, The Terrace, Kamfili’s Café, Cuppa Joy Tea Shop, Tea Corner, Anayah’s, Jegala Resto, Bontoc Bed and Bistro, Kath Sumcad Photo Factory and Gallery Shop, JJF Snackhaus, Florma’s Foodhaus and Bakeshop, Unlimited Brew, Tribeline Café, Odchayak’s Snack Hauz, Ummibayan Food Haus, Jubilee Store, Teacup, Tea’ssence, Snack n Sip and Giggle Mug Café , Café Tagtag, and Drop By Restaurant. 
Individuals who wish to be part of the 2019 Reading Challenge may register before Oct. 31 at the Bontoc Municipal Library located at the 3rd floor of the Bontoc Municipal Capitol, Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Alpine L. Killa