Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bibliotherapy with Teachers and Librarians

I have to thank PAARL for inviting me last year to do a bibliotherapy workshop. It multiplied!

Last week, I did a bibliotherapy session for public school teachers during the Sa Aklat Sisikat-Petron Gurong Kaakbay Conference at Far Eastern University. I simulated a typical bibliotherapy session using Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree. They were an emotional bunch. They were touched at the story of the tree who gave everything. A good number of teachers cried a lot reliving memories and experiences of giving and receiving, and learning how to love in the process. Afterwards, I gave an input on bibliotherapy especially tackling tips, models and samples of  implementation. To end the session, I did a run of book talks on books that can be used for bibliotherapy.

I worked on the same format and structure for the Philippine Association of School Librarians Inc. (PASLI) Summer Conference here in Baguio City. But librarians are a different lot. No tears. More laughter and a thankful heart. On May 19-20, PAARL has invited me once more to do another bibliotherapy workshop. This time around, I will focus on the role of librarians as bibliotherapist and present technical preparations to building a "well-being" collection.

Below is the PowerPoint presentation I have been using in all my bibliotherapy workshops.


Anonymous said...

Hi mam....i'm one of the sas participants from Angeles City last May, hmmmm can u give me a tip on how am i going to begin my presentation about the bibliotherapy for our re-echo... i just wanted it to be lively like yours. But the problem is i dont know how to begin it. hehhehe..Thanks in advance!

Zarah Grace C. Gagatiga said...

Hi Anonymous!

Sorry for the late reply. I have been very busy. I suggest you start with a story that you personally like. After reading it aloud, share why you choose the book and what you like about it. Focus on "moments" in your life that the book touches on. Then segue to bibliotheraphy as a means to make connections and reflections (like a mirror) of our lives, bringing into an awareness the highs and lows in our lives.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

hi ms. zarah... can i have your email address?
-francis (

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