Tuesday, October 16, 2018

PPT: Inclusion and Diversity in Library Services and Programming

Monday, October 15, 2018

The 2019 PBBY Salanga Prize: Call for Entries

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is now accepting entries for the 2019 PBBY-Salanga Prize. The winner shall be given a cash prize of P25,000.00, a gold medal, and an opportunity to be published. Prizes will be awarded in an appropriate ceremony to be held during the celebration of National Children’s Book Day on July 16, 2019. This year’s theme is narrative nonfiction.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by the PBBY Secretariat and time-stamped no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 11, 2019.

The contest rules are as follows:

  1. Open to all Filipino citizens except those who are related to any PBBY member up to the third degree of consanguinity.
  2. Content should be intended for children aged 8–12. The content must be capable of sustaining an illustrated book.
  3. Topic must be about narrative nonfiction (e.g. historical nonfiction, biographies).
  4. Citing of sources and research materials used is a must. Citations should include the name of the author, the title of the resource, the publisher and the year of publications. URLs for online sources should be cited as well.
  5. Entries may be in Filipino or English.
  6. Entries must be in hard copy, double-spaced, on short bond paper. Each entry must be 2,000-5,000 words long.
  7. A contestant may send in up to three (3) entries.
  8. Contestants who envision their works to come with special features (e.g. photos, maps, timelines, infographics) should include a write-up on these special features. The write-up should be 1,000 words or less.
  9. Each entry must be signed by a pen name only. Five (5) copies of each entry should be placed in an envelope, on the face of which only the pen name of the contestant should appear.
  10. Together with each entry, contestants must submit a second envelope, on the face of which the pen name shall appear. This must contain the contestant’s full name, address, contact numbers, a short literary background, and a notarized certification from the author, vouching for the originality of the entry and for the freedom of the organizers from any liability arising from the infringement of copyright in case of publication, and affirming that the entry or any variant thereof has (a) never been published nor (b) won any other contest i.e. that it has never won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, honorable mention in any other contest or otherwise been awarded a medal, a citation, or included in a publicized list of meritorious entries to a literary contest.
  11. All entries must be sent through snail mail to the PBBY Secretariat, c/o Adarna House, Inc., Scout Torillo cor. Scout Fernandez Sts., Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City.
  12. All entries must be received by the PBBY Secretariat no later than 5:00 p.m., January 11, 2019.
  13. Winners will be announced no later than February 2, 2019. Non-winning entries will be disposed of by the PBBY Secretariat.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The 2019 PBBY Wordless Book Prize: Call for Entries

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People is now accepting entries for the 2019 PBBY Wordless Book Prize. 


The winner shall receive Twenty Thousand Pesos and a medal. Prizes shall be awarded at an appropriate ceremony to be held on National Children’s Book Day, July 17, 2019.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by the PBBY Secretariat and time-stamped no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 19, 2019.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. The contest is open to all Filipino citizens except those who are related to any PBBY member up to the third degree of consanguinity.
  2. All entries must be e-mailed to pbbywordless@gmail.com. For this contest, all submissions must be in digital form, with each file clearly identifiable by a filename that is actually the pen name of the contestant.
  3. Entries may be in color or in black and white. They may be digitally rendered or traditionally done artwork that may or may not have been digitally enhanced. The submission format should be pdf. Entries should use the CMYK color space and should be at actual size format with resolution at 300dpi.
  4. Each entry should comprise the following:
  5. One clean comprehensive artwork of the cover spread design (includes both the front and back covers).
  6. Filenames for this file should include the initials CS. Example: PenName_CS.pdf
  7. Two clear comprehensive artworks of two spreads, rendered in the intended style and medium, and in the actual size format. The recommended spread size for a board book is 13 x 6.5 inches while the recommended size for a picture book is 14 x 9 inches.
  8. Filename should include SP01 for the first spread, and SP02 for the second spread. Example: PenName_SP01.pdf and PenName_SP02.pdf
  9. A detailed storyboard in line drawing (grayscale).
  10. Filename should include the initials SB. Example: PenName_SB.pdf
  11. The contestant also has the option to submit all files already collected in a 4-page pdf. Filename should be Penname_ALL.pdf.
  12. Entries should not contain any words, just the title and subtitles (if any) on the Cover spread (CS).
  13. Failure to observe file naming rules may affect judgment of entry.
  14. A contestant may send in more than one (1) entry.
  15. Entries may be collaborative, meaning a visual artist may collaborate with a writer to come up with the narrative for the entry.
  16. Each contestant should also email two documents:
    1. The first document should indicate the contestant’s full name, address, telephone/cell phone numbers, and email address.
    2. The second document should be a scan of a notarized certification from the contestant. (Download the format for the certification).
  17. If the entry is collaborative, there should be complete information for both contestants.
  18. The PBBY reserves the right of first refusal for the publication of all winning entries.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The 2020 PBBY Salanga Chapter Book Prize: Call for Entries

The Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) is now accepting entries for the 2019 PBBY-Salanga Chapter Book Prize. 


The winner shall be given a cash prize of P25,000.00, a gold medal, and an opportunity to be published. Prizes will be awarded in an appropriate ceremony to be held during the celebration of National Children’s Book Day on July 21, 2020. This year’s theme is narrative nonfiction.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by the PBBY Secretariat and time-stamped no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 18, 2019.

The contest rules are as follows:

  1. Open to all Filipino citizens, as well as non-Filipino residents with dual citizenship, except those who are related to any PBBY member up to the third degree of consanguinity. For foreigners, they must have spent at least six months (can be accumulated) in the Philippines for the past six (6) years
  2. Stories should be intended for children aged 8–12, with not less than 15,000 words and not more than 30,000 words.
  3. Entries may be in English or Filipino.
  4. Plot may be anything that relates to a Filipino child’s experience.
  5. Entries must be in hard copy, 1.5 space, Times New Roman 12 with 1-inch margins on short bond paper. 
  6. On a separate sheet, contestant must identify the target grade level, number of words, and the synopsis of the story.  Contestant may also include suggestions to teachers for enrichment activities.
  7. A contestant may send in more than one (1) entry.
  8. Each entry must be signed by a pen name only. Five (5) copies of each entry should be placed in an envelope, on the face of which only the pen name of the contestant should appear.
  9. Together with each entry, contestants must submit a second envelope, on the face of which the pen name shall appear. This must contain the contestant’s full name, address, contact numbers, a short literary background, and a notarized certification from the author, vouching for the originality of the entry and for the freedom of the organizers from any liability arising from the infringement of copyright in case of publication, and affirming that the entry or any variant thereof has (a) never been published nor (b) won any other contest i.e. that it has never won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, honorable mention in any other contest or otherwise been awarded a medal, a citation, or included in a publicized list of meritorious entries to a literary contest.
  10. All entries must be sent through snail mail or personally dropped off at the PBBY Secretariat, c/o Adarna House, Inc., Scout Torillo cor. Scout Fernandez Sts., Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City by October 18, 2019.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Max is a CMMA Finalist!

Early today, I received happy news from my publisher, Lampara Books. Our book The Day Max Flew Away is a finalist in the Best Children’s Short Story category of the 40th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA). I am still wearing a smile in my face and there is joy in my heart as I write this. But I am nervous too.

I know that the story is up against tough competition. Eugene Evasco’s story book, Ang Tatlong Prinsipe ng Kalinaw (Lampara Books) is a finalist too. I do not know whose works are lined up as well but joining the list along side a Palanca Hall of Famer’s work shakes my confidence.

I take comfort in the idea that the panel of judges took time to read and to consider my story and our book. They sure got the message!

Max is a very personal story. It is Nico and Zoe’s experience growing up and Papadoms’ relevant role in the lives of our children. It is my story too, one about detachment and letting go. At the time of writing, I was grappling with the teachings of Ignatius, most especially about the truths we hold dear. I have gained perspective since then. Ignatius can do that too. Now I know that to be able to love freely, we need to hold the truth lightly in our hands.

I will definitely attend the awards ceremonies. Win or lose, I will be there to celebrate. I feel I have gone full circle. I am ready to begin anew.

St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Teen Read Week 2018

Teen Read Week in the US kicked off last October 7, 2018 and will run until October 13, 2018. This year’s theme is It’s Written In the Stars: READ. For details and promotions ideas, visit the Teen Read Week website.

To quote the purpose and objectives of Teen Read Week, here is an excerpt from the website:

“Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)... Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.”

In August, the top ten nominees for Teen Read Week was announced. The video can be viewed in the site as well. But here’s a link to the one in YouTube: 

Top Ten Nominees

What Teen Read Week activities or library evebnts do you run for the young adult readet?

Monday, October 8, 2018

Book Review: How Psychology Works


How Psychology Works
Dorling Kindersley, 2018
Rating: 4 Bookmarks 

Dorling Kindersley’s (DK) How Psychology Works presents fundamental Psychology concepts and theories through visuals and graphics balanced with content and text. The page spreads are well designed to accommodate macro and micro ways of thinking. Needless to say, the book stimulates whole brain functioning that is the trademark of Dorling Kindersley (DK). Before infographics were made available online, DK has been doing it all along with their books.

The book has the five branches of psychology namely, psychoanalytical, behaviourist, humanism, cognitive psych and biological psych. Includes hefty chapters on psych disorders, healing therapies and application of concepts in real life situations.

Recommended for senior high school or grades 11-12 as companion to textbooks and case studies.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Inclusive Libraries and Developing a Diverse Library Collection

Finally! My talk on Inclusion and Diversity in Library Services and Programming pushed through last October 6, 2018 at the training hall of JRich Building in Quezon City. Thanks to the Philippine Board on Books for Young People and Lampara Books for putting this together. There were only ten participants but all of them were eager listeners and have keen interests in running literacy and reading advocacy activities in their own communities. Numbers do tell success in talks and workshops like this, and so do  interest and enthusiasm. 



Here’s hoping I was able to inspire them! As always, I came out of the experience with insights. I learn from the participants of my workshops and talks. That’s why I enjoy conducting them!

First of all, the issues we talked about are all common across different library types: how to make our libraries appeal to kids and teens, raising a bigger budget to develop a diverse collection, support from school leadership, selection of resources based on readers’ profile and building a dynamic librarians support system. Needless to say, we came from different libraries but our battle cry for support and visibility remains the same. 

When Lampara big boss Jun Matias came in to say hello, we couldn’t help but talk about sensitive topics in children’s literature. His new book for young adults, Mga Batang Poz, is all about HIV and young people infected with virus. And so, the question on inclusion and representation came up. How to circulate and render services for a book such as this? Will it pass evaluation? If acquired, who will read such sensitive topics? What followed was a rich discussion of processes and decisions making skills on the part of the librarian.

Lastly, the participants took notes of the varied library and reading advocacy projects and programs I presented. From the Human Library to Reading Without Walls, to micro libraries and pop-up libraries initiated by The Books Stop, Pilar Reading Center and Tabang Kariton, they all had takeaways and ideas to bring back to their schools and learning communities.



Diversity is what makes us unique. Inclusion is the actualisation of diversity. Libraries are inherently made for inclusive services and the development of diverse library collections. More on this in future posts!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Library Packet for Teachers

On National Teacher’s Day, my staff and I prepared a packet for teachers. The packet contains a thank you card which I personally wrote notes for all forty teachers of the Academy, a poem about the many reasons why we teach, promotional collateral of all out online subscriptions and a profile of my staff and myself. Yup. Shameless plug. 

Needless to say, the packet was put together to thank teachers of their continued patronage, encourage teachers to ask us for questions, inform them of the rich resources we have in the library and remind them that their library staff are human resources that can help them teach better. In this age where virtually anything can be taken and sourced from Google, communicating the library’s role and our added value is very important. I have received good feedback thus far and I do welcome suggestions. And this is what I am more keen on getting. The activities, projects and programs that we run are informed by library users’ needs, feedback and responses. 

This is not the first time we distributed library packets. Nor will this be the last. In the changing landscape of education, librarians are challenged to be more creative and resourceful every day!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Pilgrim's Pit Stop: On the Journey to Midlife

One Saturday I was at the clinic of my primary care doctor. I was there so she could help me read the results of my blood chemistry (plan 12) and hematology. This reading helped me understand new terminology and words pertaining to my health in general. I was fascinated at the way my doctor read the results to me. Explaining every acronym such as SGPT, SGOT, BUN and what it indicates per reference value. Telling me about all the “philes” in my blood cells, what each of them mean and their difference with the “cytes”, the implications if results go over and beyond their value. It was a very informative and helpful session. I will never look at a blood cell the same way again.

Why I only learned about this now, I thought? The biology and health education I had back in the day didn’t sound this interesting. Aha. The folly of youth. If not for my mini-stroke two years ago, I would not pay attention to my changing body. Indeed, life is a bundle of experiences that needs to be unpacked, sorted and to make connections to new ones. Unknowingly sometimes, life experiences allow us to take random mental notes on imaginary posts its to be retrieved when the situation calls for it. And here, at the other side of the spectrum, I find myself being grateful for the benefits of ageing and growing old.

Long and short of it, the result of my blood test gave me reason to celebrate. Images of another cheat meal crossed my mind. Banana pancakes with a generous helping of maple syrup and whipped butter. Yummy. However, before I could run to the nearest branch of Pancake House, my doctor reminded me to drink plenty of water, take longer walks, spend more time in the sun, have enough sleep, 6-8 hours when possible, continue keeping a record of meals taken in a day and to keep smiling. Lastly, she gave me a list of medical specialists to see. Optlhalmologist. Cardiologist. Gynecologist. And my dear Neurologist. Sigh. The GIST saga continues. There goes my cheat meal ideas out the window. Salamat po, doktora!

Seriously, I have been thanking God for answered prayers. One of which is the provision for medical access with doctors who truly care for their patients. For two years now, I have seen doctors who dispense and prescribe medicines with utmost care, taking into consideration my medical history first of all. The other month, the dermatologist told me to anticipate changes in hormones as I age. The eye doctor I paid a visit to last week sensed my anxiety when he mentioned the need to use progressive lenses. He calmly said, Lahat tayo darating sa ganyang pagbabago sa buhay. He smiled and added, You are not alone. How comforting.

At that instance, I acknowledge God’s presence in my life. He is in all things and in all beings. I only need to humbly seek Him and ask Him for graces. He is all I need. He is enough.  
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...