One of my friends shared this on Facebook and I just have to repost because:

(1) I’ve always thought that books are one of the best things in the world.

(2) As a mother, I spend a lot of money on books for my daughter thinking that one can never have too many. I want her to love books and reading as much as I do. I often wish we have our own library at home and despite the family home’s susceptibility to constant flooding, I still wish it. I have grandiose dreams of having a beautiful library, if only one can afford it. In the advent of e-books and e-book readers as well as iPads, one cannot but think if the good old-fashioned books that we know of is going to extinction. The fact that Enyclopedia Britannica, after 244 years  of printing, has announced that they will no longer be printing books and instead will concentrate on digital publishing via CDs and online versions the Wikipedia way. (Think: Oh noooo! The grand collections of encyclopedias of our childhood, that our parents slaved to buy for us from house-to-house salespeople!)

And I quote, “A.J. Jacobs, who read the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica for his book, The Know-It-All, told the Financial Times: “I am a bit heartbroken. There was something so wonderfully concrete about the print version, and I loved the idea that all the world’s knowledge could be contained in those pages.“”

Yes, turning leaves is just one of the highlights of reading a book. To me, it gives an incomparable feeling of leaving something so you can move forward. I won’t even mention that distinct musky smell of old books. Or the art works!

(3) And as an educator, I wish to impart to all the students the importance and the joy! of having books. It is my utmost wish that all schools, even and most especially the public ones, have libraries, even if not grandiose. That students will look forward to going to school because they want to go to the library. That these students will become adults that have fond memories of keeping a library card as a kid, and going to the library every day to borrow books, walking home with a backpack filled with books, to lay curled in bed reading til dusk, only to rest for dinner, and read again until they fall asleep.

My own grade school, despite being a private one, did not have a library; so I was filled with excitement when my high school had a relatively extensive library. I filled up my library card year after year and would make lists of all the books I would borrow one after the other. I’d even hide the ones I liked so no one else would see it and borrow it before I did. The library is my favorite place in school. I keep a mental photo album of all the libraries I have ever been to and going through it is always a comforting activity.

Oh how I wish everyone would have an immense infatuation with books!

 


 

Children everywhere are irresistibly drawn to the color and content of vibrant story books. But books that feed the imagination and inspire learning are beyond the reach of many children in developing Asia, home to 66 percent of the world’s illiterate population. Books for Asia presents Storytime in Asia, a campaign that celebrates the transformative power of children’s books by providing more than 120,000 books to 2 million students and 1,700 in-need schools across 17 countries in developing Asia.

The Asia Foundation’s Books for Asia program launched Storytime in Asia, a month-long campaign that celebrates the transformative power of children’s books. Through behind-the-scenes photos and videos, Storytime in Asia will be showing the impact of beautifully crafted storybooks on students whose schools and families cannot afford high-quality reading material. Storytime in Asia will honor International Literacy Day with special literacy-promoting events throughout Asia during the last week of the campaign, August 31 to September 8.

For more information, visit this website: http://asiafoundation.org/program/books-for-asia/storytime.php

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