Library on Wheels: Lakbay Aklatan Begins Its Journey For Students
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, October 08, 2019 5:06pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Almost every content is in its digital form these days, we seldom visit our local libraries or read actual books. As we take our libraries for granted, there are still secluded places and schools that have no access to this kind of facility. And so, a local bus company takes libraries closer to students in need.
Five Star Bus Company, in partnership with Hulma Foundation, transforms one of their buses into a mobile library called Lakbay Aklatan. The vehicle contains materials that can help students, particularly kids ages six to seven, learn to read faster. It opened its doors to the children of Laoang Elementary School in Tarlac last September 9.
This pop-up library aims to improve children’s reading proficiency. Lakbay Aklatan hopes it will help them establish a better learning habit as they move into the upper-grade levels. Through the books and reading sessions within the bus-turned-library, Lakbay Aklatan believes this could help children become readers at an early age.
The mobile library will travel to three other secluded areas that have no or little access to libraries: San Juan de Valdez, Mapalad, and Carangian.
This kind of pop-up libraries may not seem much. But for the children who would be able to enter a “world of learning” for a week—and even the first time for some—this could change their lives in the long run. Lakbay Aklatan is not just to educate children.
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