Friday, November 10, 2017

The Lighthouse Diary Entry 6: Students' Works As Part of the Library's Collection

The old International School Manila Children's Media Center, housed a collection of books made and written by students. Most of these were short stories and collection of tales, poetry and essays written in English class. The librarians and teachers of ISM recognized the value of such creations that they included them in the library's collection.

This made a lasting impression on my young mind when I discovered that shelf filled with books - bound by hand and, some by a binding machine written by kids my age and older. There were stories similar to The Little Prince with towering trees and starry skies. There were books containing folk tales jazzed up conveying old motifs, but the way they were told were modern (at the time, circa 80s). I was in awe. I wanted to write too! So, I did through journals and diaries. It was only years and years later that I gathered up the courage to write my own stories.

In Xavier School, while working as a school librarian in the Early Education unit, I would team up with Nursery and Prep teachers for book projects. Our boys made picture books, word books, counting books and flash cards they can use for telling stories. I kept them in a special cabinet. Now I wonder if those books and storytelling flash cards are still in the EED Library.

Fast forward to today.

Imagine my joy when I discovered a packet of zines on my table one morning! The zines were made by our grade 10s and our English teacher donated them to the library. What precious additions to the library's collection! Apart from the Personal Projects and copies of Extended Essays, I am a proud curator and guardian of these "books" and student made projects. 

A few years ago, I was part of the team who organized the Early Readers Online Project. Our high school students made stories for readers in the early grades and these are all accessible on our school's website. The stories can be downloaded for free. Visit the Community and Service of the Beacon Academy.

This is one of the many things I love about my job. I am part of the creative process, the transmission of information and the regeneration of patterns of thought and knowledge. What is best, it's my job to keep these symbols and representations of humanity's ideas and culture for posterity.

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