The Cebu City Public Library and Information Center (CCPL) has reached another milestone as it celebrates its 93rd anniversary from April 14 to April 30, 2012. With the theme “Pagbasa sa Kabataan, Binhi sa Kauswagan,” the celebration promises fun-filled events for everyone.
Unleash that bookworm side of you and participate in the activities that the Cebu City Public Library has prepared for all its supporters. Invite your family and friends and shop for interesting and unique books from the book sale. Kids will definitely enjoy the storytelling and face painting. There will also be short film screenings, photo exhibits, sign language classes, and other activities this April.
Take note of these important dates:
April 14 – Opening Salvo
April 16 – Storytelling Sessions
April 17 – Book Fair
April 18 – Storytelling Sessions
April 19 – Book Fair and Cebuano Short Film Screening
April 20 – Storytelling Sessions, Book Fair and Cebuano Short Film Screening
April 21 – Storytelling 101 and Sign Language Class
April 23 – Storytelling Sessions
April 24 – Book Sale and Sinebuano Film Showing
April 25 – Storytelling Sessions
April 26 – Book Sale and Sinebuano Film Showing
April 27 – Storygami
April 28 – Book Sale and Sinebuano Film Showing
The Cebu City Public Library was established in April 13, 1919, at its original location in Parian, Cebu City. Because of the war and other unavoidable circumstances, the library had been moving around the city. In the year 1938, it was transferred to its current spot along Osmeña Boulevard. It closed in 2008, and reopened in 2010. The library now has a much improved structure and better facilities as it continues to fulfill its commitment to provide accessible information to people from all walks of life. It caters to the needs and interests of those who are studying, working and thirsty for knowledge.
The vision of the library is to provide an exceptional library service to fulfill the informational, educational, recreational, and cultural needs of the residents to equip them with the knowledge instrumental in building a sustainable community.
Its mission consists of (1) supporting individual and self-conducted as well as formal education at all levels; (2) creating and strengthening the reading habits in children from an early age; (3) promoting awareness of Cebuano cultural heritage, appreciation of the arts, scientific achievements and innovations; and (4) ensuring access for Cebu City residents to all sorts of community information.
The library is currently headed by Rosario C. Chua, Librarian IV. Reynaldo M. Chua is a Clerk II and Follow-Upper and Document Handler, while Elizabeth A. Dayday is the Internet and Children’s Section in-charge. Lucy R. Boligor is the Filipiniana Section in-charge, Frian F. Lumen is the Periodical Section in-charge, Nicanor I. Alivio is the Reference Section in-charge, and Jose C. Borces is the General Reference Section in-charge.
The CCPL offers the following services:
- Reference and research services
- Circulation of books for home use
- Internet access for research purposes
- Access to the most comprehensive libraries in the Philippines and in the world through the Philippine eLib, a collaborative project of different government agencies (http://www.elib.gov.ph)
- Materials for the blind (braile)
- Reading guidance for children and out-of-school youth
- Organization and maintenance of the children’s section
- Organization and maintenance of local historical and cultural materials / rare collections for preservation and conservation.
- Outreach programs and reading services for depressed barangays
- Educational programs/lectures for special groups
This library holds various events regularly like storytelling sessions and film showings courtesy of Sinebuano. Several support groups help in keeping the reading hub alive. They conduct fun and educational activities and advocacy campaigns.
A volunteer group called Friends of the Cebu City Public Library helps in upholding the institution’s mission in “providing without bias or discrimination an accessible information service responsive to the needs and interests of those who live, work, study and visit the City of Cebu.” They raise consciousness on the value and purpose of the library, endorse its programs and services, encourage the donation of both tangible and intangible resources, and promote literacy and love for reading in Cebu. You may contact the group at (032) 253-1526 or http://fccpl.blogspot.com.
In February 2012, the Cebu City Public Library, together with the newly-formed group The Basadours, launched the “I Love to Read Project,” a joint project intended for literacy development. It aims to address the fundamental challenges of illiteracy in the country. It makes use of alternative and non-formal approach to learning through storytelling in different ways such as reading aloud, role playing, and puppet shows.
The Basadours is a group of Cebuano volunteer ambassadors for storytelling and reading. They are advocates of the ideals of volunteerism and public-private partnership. As the keystone of the “I Love to Read Project,” they provide a pool of facilitators, readers, storytellers, and support staff. For inquiries regarding this project, you may contact Rosario Chua at 412-4460 or [email protected]
The Cebu City Public Library is inviting everyone to be a patron, a friend and a donor to further enrich its collection for future generations to enjoy. The information center is located at Rizal Memorial Library & Museum Building, Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City. It is open on weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no lunch break. For more information, you may call (032) 253-1526 or 412-4460 or e-mail them at [email protected]