Monday, March 25, 2013

Folk Story and Tall Story

In one of my teacher workshops this month, Teacher Ava discovered Tall Story by Candy Gourlay. She became an instant fan!

I make it a point that in every talk, seminar, forum, workshop I conduct, I do book talk sessions on the six National Children's Book Award Best Reads. Teacher Ava was immediately smitten as I talked about the problem of Bernardo, the main character in Tall Story.

It turned out that Teacher Ava is from Montalban, Rizal and that she is very familiar of the legend of Bernardo Carpio. She plans to buy a copy, have the book read by her and her kids and together, this summer, they will all go to Wawa River in Rizal where foot prints of the giant Bernardo Carpio are found.

She told me that folk from the area say that the river takes lives. Many who bathe or fall in the river were never seen again. I replied that perhaps, some vacuum of air and water sucks in bathers and river waders. But she said, that the mystery remains and that science has no space to explain this story.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Easter Egg Hunt Promo at the Library

Sharing the library promo we're having this Easter:
April 3-8, 2013 is EASTER EGG HUNT @ the library!

There are eggs hidden in selected books in the FICTION, GENERAL COLLECTION, FILIPINIANA and TEACHERS RESOURCE. If you happen to borrow that selected book with an egg, then you get a coupon for a cup of quail eggs (aka kwek-kwek!). This can be redeemed from our cafeteria during PM snacks (2:45 - 3:30) on April 10, 2013. Just present your coupon with Mr. Flynn's signature to our cafeteria personnel :-)

Here's a clue: The eggs are hidden in books about RENEWAL and REDEMPTION.

For those who will borrow a KINDLE and DVD over the long Holy Week break, (begins on March 27 - April 2, 2013) the library will give away a special "Spring Basket" upon return of the resources on April 3, 2013.

Lastly, we will prepare simple handouts (EGG-CITING DISCOVERIES)  for when you find out a helpful info on the library's online subscriptions: EBSCO, The Day, World Book Online and Scientific American. For this, we have a spring token in exchange of your online review or feedback.

We hope that you participate for the fun of it, and for the joy of reading, of course!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dear Librarian: On Bibliotherapy

Kevin Dhale dela Cruz, a LIS student from UP Diliman sent questions regarding Bibliotherapy. I answered them and sent him links on Bibliotherapy published in the blog.

What is the history of bibliotherapy in your area or in your institution?
The school is pretty new, just three years old, as well as the library. We've only started with a Bibliotherapy collection this school year.

How long has your institution been offering bibliotherapy? (if applicable)
The library is starting with a bibliotherapy collection. The guidance counselor has not used the collection yet. There are no sessions yet for bibliotehrapy in the library.

How long have you been in this field?
I have been a school librarian for nearly two decades already. I started bibliotehrapy, formally in 2009.

What kinds of patron avails your services?
High school students. Guidance Counselors. Teachers.

What are the schedules and the intervals of the sessions for bibliotherapy?


Is there a fee for your services? If yes, how much?

What are the processes involved in conducting bibliotherapy?
Bibliotherapy is developmental and clinical. Developmental bibliotherapy can be done side by side with Reading Guidance. This should also be in collaboration with guidance counselors. Begin by identifying a need or a problem of the child. A book or books are recommended for reading. When the child engages in the text, the guidance counselor receives responses from the reading experience. If mirroring happens, then it is a sign that the techniques made an impact.

Two important things to see in a bibliotherapy process: catharsis (mirroring) and response that is proactive.

What kind/s of librarian/s can practice bibliotherapy?
Librarians who are interested in readers services and user centered programs are the better ones to practice bibliotherapy.

What are the advantages of being a bibliotherapist? Are there also disadvantages? If yes, what are those?
The advantages are: knowing the reader and what book he/she finds helpful; the image of a librarian doing bibliothsrapy conveys a caring and compassionate professional; use of books and literature is authenticated. The disadvantage is, no concrete measure or statistical data can prove that a bibliotehrapy session is successful. As therapy, bibliotherapy is just one way to heal or solve problems.

What other institutions can you recommend that offer bibliotherapy?
Counseling centers may use bibliotherapy, but I do not know of any. You may wish to contact Eric Ramos for he has done bibliotherapy in the college level. San Beda Grade School and High School libraries have bibliotehrapy collection, as well as Miriam College.

For those interested in Bibliotherapy, here are links to my blog posts on the topic:

-powerpoint-slides.html">Bibliotherapy Powerpoint

PAARL Bibliotherapy

Monday, March 18, 2013

Fan Girl Mode: With Fr. Manoling Francisco SJ

Over the weekend, I was up in Tagaytay for a retreat along with forty one members of the Magis Deo Community. This Annual Ignatian Retreat focused on the theme, Love Unto Death: the Passion and Death of Christ. Fr. Manoling Francisco SJ was our spiritual director. This is my second retreat by him.

He is, no doubt, a musical genius. In my first retreat by him, he composed a song impromptu using words, phrases and lines from the prayer we wrote to God. This was a retreat he gave for the Magis Deo Choir in 2011.

This time around, I discovered what a fantastic storyteller Fr. Manoling is! The Bible Exegesis he had was made more meaningful with real life stories of people who suffered but found virtue and grace in the process. Indeed, it was a life affirming retreat. Thank you, Fr. Manoling!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Library Giveaways for Easter

I made these, for Easter, as giveaways when library patrons come back and join our Easter Egg Hunt after the long Holy Week/Mid-term break.

Star Box (I did not make the name. No pun intended) for keeping chocolate eggs.

A tulip to fill in a spring basket.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

World Read Aloud Day 2013: Doll Eyes & Ay Naku!

Two book talks for today's World Read Aloud Day 2013 celebration: Doll Eyes by Eline Santos and Ay Naku by Reni Roxas. Doll Eyes is illustrated by Joy Mallari, while Ay Naku is illustrated by Serge Bumatay III.

Bibliographic info:

Santos, Eline. Doll Eyes. Quezon City: CANVAS. 2010

Roxas, Reni. Ay Naku! Makati: Tahanan Books for Young Readers. 2010.

Monday, March 11, 2013

World Read Aloud Day 2013: The Secret is in the Soil

Written by Flor Gozon Tarriela and Gidget Roceles Jimenez, The Secret id in the Soil: A Beginner's Guide to Natural Gardening helps kids realize that edible plants are healthier; that soil needs to be taken cared of; and that agriculture remains an industry of survival. I love the recipes included in the book! Liza Flores' neat paper art lends a wonderful design and fresh look for the book.

Bibliographic data: Tarriela, Flor Gozon and Gidget Roceles Jimenez. The Secret is in the Soil. Makati: Conquest for Christ Foundation Inc., 2010.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

World Read Aloud Day 2013: The Great Duck and Crocodile Race

Robert Magnuson's The Great Duck and Crocodile Race is a fun read as it allows the readers to see  the story and the pictures unfold together. Magnuson combined these two elements creating a harmonious dance of words and images.

Bibliographic info: Magnuson, Robert. The Great Duck and Crocodile Race. Mandaluyong City: Hiyas, 2011.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

World Read Aloud Day 2013: Jake's Cooking Craze

Imagine a world where everyone can read...
World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.
By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.
Here is my book talk video of Ken Spillman's Jake's Cooking Craze.

Bibliographic info: Spillman, Ken. Jake's Cooking Craze. New York: Scholastic, 2012

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Filipino Librarian: Ann Grace Bansig

The blog's Ms. March is none other than Ms. Ann Grace Bansig, Readers Services Librarian at De La Salle Zobel School. She's a BS LIS graduate from UP SLIS and is pursuing her masters degree in Reading Education at UP Reading Department, Diliman.
a. What's your lib story? Describe how you made the choice of majoring in LIS and what was college life like for you as a LIS major. You can cite challenging stories and success stories while studying the course.
LIS is not my first course. I never thought that I will become a librarian, seriously. When I first entered UP, I am a Chemical Engineering student. After two years of hard work and frustrations, I began to realize that Engineering is not for me. So, I shifted. Back then, LIS is not  a popular course yet. But during the time that I shifted, many Engineering students are also shifting to LIS course. That’s why we have a running joke about it. We always say that LIS is a very hard course because it requires a two-year Engineering pre-requisite.

When I become LIS student, life changes for the better. For one, I was never ineligible to enrol. Two, I always have maximum number of units (18). That’s why I finish the academic subjects in two and a half years plus thesis writing. I also like the general education of the course which was very diverse plus the foreign language course that we had to take.  At SLIS, I led a simple life. I am not active in the library organization because before entering, I am already an active member of a socio-civic organization. 

You might wonder, why shift to LIS? Well, I am a hopeless student back then. Looking back, I am very thankful that there was SLIS who accepted me wholeheartedly.

b. What has been the greatest challenge you've faced so far as a licensed and working librarian? Why do you say it's a challenge?

So far the biggest challenge was how to entice the students to come to the library, read and borrow books because our students are what we call ‘digital learners’. They will rather play the iPad than read books. So we have to do something about it. We did several things to address this challenge such as: redecorating the library (make it more colorful, more inviting and happy in ambiance); putting up a Reading Nook where a portion of the library was carpeted and surrounded by bean bags where students can read in a more relaxed manner; posting regular trivia (yes trivia! And it depends on monthly theme…it is now a regular feature and students are looking forward to it); collaborating with teachers specially with the English department (we had tandem storytelling and literature quiz bee last year ); planning monthly activities (ex. February – Blind date with a book…it’s a success by the way! ); and of course it helps if the librarian reads as well! Given all of these, I am happy to say that our grade school are still readers.

Ms. Bansig in Helinski. She attended the IFLA World Congress 2012 and presented a paper on DLSZ Library's Mobile Library with friend and colleague Darrell Marco (who, I think is the one who took the photo).
c. What is your area of expertise in LIS? 

This is quite hard. I’d say at this point, one will be storytelling to kids. I always love to tell a story especially when we do our Book Mobile Project. 

Two, Children’s Literature as it is one of the fields close to my heart. Three, Library promotion in terms of books and reading.

d. What do you think are the requirements and preparations necessary for becoming a LIS professional?

More than Education and training, being service-oriented, open-minded, innovative and a heart for librarianship are the requirements necessary for becoming LIS professional especially in this digital era.

e. What rewards have you reaped from being a LIS professional? 

I was really surprised to be selected as one of the participants in library management training abroad which was life changing and professionally uplifting. I was also able to present papers both in local and international conferences. I’d say LIS profession has opened a lot of opportunities to me and I plan to grow more in this profession. 
I love being a librarian!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A World Where Everyone Can Read

March 6 is World Read Aloud Day.

I'm joining the bandwagon by posting videos of my book talks. The books I have selected are for read aloud sessions that teachers, librarians and parents can use. There will be seven titles in all, one book talk for each day starting on March 6, 2013 and ending on March 12, 2013.

The books are:

1. Jake's Cooking Craze by Ken Spillman

2. The Best Reads of 2012, National Children's Book Award (NCBA): Tall Story, The Secret is in the Soil, The Great Duck and Crocodile Race, Doll Eyes, Ay Naku!, and Ang Sampung Bukitkit.

The Best Reads 2012, NCBA is an initiative of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) in partnership with the National Book Development Board (NBDB).

Monday, March 4, 2013

Reading Inventory: First Quarter of 2013

My, how fast time flies. It's March now and soon, the second quarter of 2013 will begin. In the midst of all the busy-ness, I ask myself how my reading life has been the past two months.

I have read the following, so far:

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman - Gaiman combines the scary and the charming. What a mix!

The Best of Chico, Delamar and Gino: The Morning Rush, Top Ten Vol. 2 - My first Filipiniana for the year. It's as hilarious as the first one. I wish there will be a third volume.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman - I agree with the reviews. This is Harry Potter for adults.

Peaches for Father Francis by Joanne Harris - This book is comfort food for the mind.
Reading now: The Hobbit and Philosophy: For when you've lost your dwarves, your wizard and your way, edited by Gregory Basham and Eric Bronson.

On my reading list:

The Sandman Paper, edited by Joe Sanders
Love is a UFO by Ken Spillman
NW by Zadie Smith
Banana Heart Summer by Merlinda Bobis
The Silmarillon by JRR Tolkien

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