Library Readers: preparing a research paper

Fourth Year Students of Concepcion Pequeña
High School, Naga City, rushed to the RSR Library for
the preparation of their research paper this November.

Training for Development of Library and Teaching Resources

July 8-10, 2009
Library Activity Center, Raul S. Roco Library, Naga City
Sponsored by the Philippine Librarian Association, The National Library

Hon. Prudenciana C. Cruz, Director of National Library
and Project Manager of the Philippine E-Library Project

Mrs. SAlvacion Arlante, University Librarian
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

Inauguration and Blessing of the Naga City Resource Center for the Blind

April 13, 2009
10:00 AM Ground Floor, Raul S. Roco Library

National Historical Institute and City Government of Naga - Preservation of Movable and Immovable Materials

in cooperation with the Raul S. Roco Foundation
February 25-27, 2009

Implementing Agency: Raul S. Roco Library

Dr. Amparo Nieves of Raul S. Roco Foundation
facilitated the program

Mayor Jesse M. Robredo welcomes the participants and
encourages the role of local government units in the
preservation of historical landmarks.

City Councilor Badette Roco, Exec. Director of the NAM-BAF facilitated
open forum

City Councilor Nathan Sergio, Chair of Bicol Literary Festival
participated in the three-day seminar workshop

Rev. Fr. Phillip Bersabe, graced the occasion for the
relaunching of his book -Sugal nin Palad

Architect Luisa Valerio introduced the current practices
of the National Historical Institute in the restoration of
Historic buildings in the Philippines

Archited Wilkie Delumen discussed the overview of the
Historic Preservation of the National Historical Institute

Hon. Flora Valmonte, Assistant Director of National Library,
provided a short glimpse of the Historical landmarks in the country.

Engr. Larry Cruz, Chief Conservator, National Historical
Institute, conducted an actual cleaning of historic masonry walls

Conservator Marilou Dancel talks on the
Preventive conservation of historical objects

National Historical Institute Shrine Curator Bryan Paraiso
introduced the important factors in the preparation of an Exhibit

Pintakasi nin mga Librong Bikolnon

February 17-27, 2009
Ground Floor, Raul S. Roco Library
Implementing Agency: Raul S. Roco Library
Chair: City Councilor Nathan Sergio

Photo:(l-r) City Councilor Badette Roco, Exec. Director of NAM-BAF,
DepEd Undersecretary and Chair of the National Commission for Culture and the

Arts Vilma Labrado, DepEd Assistant Regional Director Dr. Orfelina Tuy
and Acting City Librarian Riko Vinluan

Read-Along touches thehearts of public school pupils in Naga

By Juan Escandor Jr.

NAGA CITY---The Inquirer Read-Along event held here Saturday at the children’s section of the Raul S. Roco (RSR) Library in the City Hall compound has touched the hearts and minds of 70 pupils.

The activity also apparently boosted the continuing book-reading campaign here having for its guest readers a beauty queen and a book author.

Readers - Ms. Maria Venus Raj, Ms. Eco-Tourism 2008, and Kristian Sendon Cordero, read stories about the environment during the Read-Along event of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Naga City Government, Raul S. Roco Library, Concepcion Pequeña Elementary School and Jollibee.

It was perfect in the RSR Library’s children section, occupying a ground-floor area of 220 sq. m. and painted with bright colored murals and illustrations on the wall including the planetary system on the background. An elevated platform where the sofa chair of the reader was mounted facing the children who were huddled comfortably over a blue colored rubber mat.

Mostly students from the Concepcion Pequeña Elementary School, the participants to the one-hour interactive storytelling were glad to be entertained even as they expressed delight over questions being answered by them with token rewards given.

Judy Ann, Grade 5 pupil, said the read-along becomes enjoyable because of the group activity especially when there were rewards doled out for correct answers given.

Chito de la Vega, Inquirer Libre editor, laid down the conduct of the Read-Along which included listening, avoiding distractive movements and cooperating to make the activity an enjoyable learning experience for everybody which every pupil agreed as all of them enthusiastically responded “Opo.”

Welcoming the participants of the Read-Along event, Mayor Jesse Robredo enjoined the school children to self-initiate reading in order to learn important things that they could use in actual life and he thanked Jollibee for providing the token items, food and entertainment through the Jollibee mascot.

The first story was read by Kristian Sendon Cordero, a Palanca awardee and Bicol fictionist, poet and book author, which was about the journey of a tiny raindrop from the clouds to the land, rivers and dams --- an allegory to the importance of water to the living.

Cordero engaged the kids when he opened the story of “Ang Munting Patak ng Ulan (The Tiny Raindrop)” by Gloria Villaraza Guzman by asking them to raise their hands if they have taken a bath in the rain in their lifetime. Almost every one raised their hand yelling “Opo!”.

Nice, another Grade 5 pupil, loved the storytelling Maria Venus Raj, Miss Philippine Eco-Tourism 2008, delivered because she said it was “nicely done” and the story she told was easily understood because she said it cited important things regarding the environment.

Raj, who wowed the kids with her stunning beauty, stopping from time-to-time to ask and draw answers from her audience, delivered the story of “Emang Engkantada at Ang Tatlong Haragan (Emang the Fairy and the Three Rowdy Brats)”.

Drawing collective answers from her audience, the beauty queen effectively generated participation as she supplied clues and reiterated answers as she went along with the story of three rowdy brats who ran into the beautiful place of the fairy, destroying and wasting everything on their path until Emang Engkantada punished them. In the end the three rowdy brats named Pat Kalat, Pol Putol and Paz Waldas were able to change their ways and became responsible kids helping protect and preserve the environment.

Abel, a Grade 6 pupil, said he enjoyed the activity because it was challenging as it tested their ability to comprehend during the question and answer portion after each story.

The kids expressed elation when the Jollibee mascot came in dancing while hip-hop music was played. With smart dancing moves, the Jollibee mascot engaged the kids to a dance showdown with several of them responding. The kids and everyone else were treated for lunch by Jollibee which capped the Read-Along activity for the day. .

In appreciation of the participation and assistance extended by the guest readers and the city government, Robredo, Raj and Cordero were each given a wall clock with the INQUIRER masthead and the mascot Guyito, including two boxes of children’s books donated to the RSR Library.

Federico Vinluan, RSR librarian, said that read-along project of the INQUIRER is similar to Children’s Bookfest program of the library here that he said it targets pre-schoolers from the city’s Educare centers and elementary pupils up to Grade 2. Vinluan said the program which had been going-on for two years now select readers from the local officialdom, the academe, the business community and civic organizations who took turns in reading children’s books and amplifying them for the benefit of their young listeners.

Inquirer Read Along sa Naga

November 22, 2008, 10:00-11:00 AM

Best Practices:Raul S. Roco Library

City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo speaking before the National Conference of Public Librarians at the National Library last October 27-28 on Best Practices: Raul S. Roco Library. Also in the photo: Dir. Prudenciana Cruz, Asst. Dir. Flora Valmonte and Public Libraries Division Chief Sancho Domenden

Nagueños to fete 2nd Roco Day

Nagueños will celebrate the 4th Raul S. Roco Day from October 23-26 with various activities lined up to pay homage to the man “who could have been the best president that Filipinos never had” with this year’s theme: “From Dreamers to World Leaders”.

The Raul S. Roco Foundation and the City Government of Naga headed by Mayor Jesse M. Robredo have as early as October 17 to 24 sponsored storytelling, games, Internet quiz, poster-making and film viewing at the Raul S. Roco Library-Children’s Nook.

On October 25, at 7:00 p.m. at Plaza Quezon, there will be the Raul S. Roco Lives On! Battle of the Bands.

A memorial mass will be held at 6:30-7:30 a.m. of October 26 at the Our Lady of Penafrancia Basilica Minore which will be followed by wreathlaying at 8:00 a.m. at the tomb of the distinguished Bicolano senator at the Sto. Niño Memorial Park.

At 9:00 a.m. of the same day will be the final event which is the awarding of the 2nd Raul S. Roco Youth Achievement Awards to be held at the Universidad de Sta. Isabel auditorium.

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Stories Rediscovered

Enlightening young minds with lessons from various tales and amazing short stories, children of this city were treated to sessions of story-telling activities, running October 17 to 26 at the Raul S. Roco Library in partnership with Jollibee.

Naga Celebrates Reading!

August 5-7, 2008, in connection with the observance of the Death Anniversary of Raul S. Roco, the City Library holds a simultaneous film viewing, storytelling, poster making, Internet games and trivia.

1st Raul S. Roco Library Lecture/ Conference of Bikol Librarians

June 13, 2008; Raul S. Roco Library
Bicol Libraries: Building A Cultural Heritage through Effective Governance

Resource Speakers:

Mr. Conrado De Quiros, Writer/Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer
Dir. Prudenciana C. Cruz, National Library Director
Dr. Danny Gerona, Professor, Ateneo de Naga University
Ms. Cristina Ranche, Geneologist

1st Raul S. Roco Library Rewards Kids for Reading

May 23, 2008
Raul S. Roco Library - Children's Nook
Read and Drum! @ Wharf Galley
Kitefest! @ Naga City Eco-Park

2nd Raul S. Roco Day

Activities: 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Launching of Raul S. Roco Youth Achievement Award

Lecture Proper on Responsible Journalism, Effective Communication, and Transparent Governance
Guest Speaker: Eugenia Duran Apostol
2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication

8:30 am - 12:00 noon; Interschool Fancy Drill competition
City Hall Compound

Memorial Mass at San Francisco Church, Naga City

Roco Library Resource Sharing Launched

Raul S. Roco Library's“Interlibrary loan project” is based on mutual partnership to increase the quality of book collection between and among libraries. Partnering schools in the project are the HOLY ROSARY MINOR SEMINARY and the Naga campuses of AMA COMPUTER COLLEGE, COMPUTER COMMUNICATION DEV. INSTITUTE and PHIL. COMP. FOUNDATION COLLEGE .Both partnering libraries uphold the importance of making information available and accessible to every resident of the city. Under a Memorandum of Agreement, partnering libraries can be both the lending library and the borrowing library. The project will allow a partnering library to share and request resource materials with other libraries partnering in the project.

As a lending library, the Raul S. Roco Library will lend books on Bicol culture and other circulation materials that are essential and required readings for college curricular subjects at AMA Computer College, Comp. Comm. Dev. Institute, Phil. Comp. Foundation College and Holy Rosary Minor Seminary.
As a borrowing library, the Raul S. Roco Library will avail of Philosophy books from the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, and Computer Books from computer colleges.

The agreement allows the borrowing library to avail of its entire collection for one-in-a-half months. Thus, library collection are increased and the quality of materials that are being used by readers are boosted, and extra cost for for duplicate resources are minimized or prevented.The ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement was conducted last December 8, 2005 during simple ceremonies at the Ground Floor of the Raul S. Roco Library with Mayor Jesse M. Robredo, HRMS Rector Fr Peter C. Beriña, AMA School Director Enrique Villamor, and CCDI and PCFC Schools Administrators Erwin Nacianceno and Zenaida Llorin, RESPECTIVELY, as guests.

Renaming of Naga City Public Library as Raul S. Roco Library

October 26, 2005; 9:00 AM
City Hall Compound, Naga City

Photos L-R: Sen. Roco' s Mother Mrs. Rosario Roco, Mrs. Sonia M. Roco, Widow of the Sen. Roco, Naga City First Lady Atty. Leni Robredo, Naga City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo, and Naga City Vice Mayor Gabby Bordado Jr.