By: Alistair Troy B. Lacsamana
Ms. Aparato’s book “I can finally read! : a guide to building a community based literacy program in the urban poor communities” published by Little Free Library Philippines was launched in simple ceremonies at the conference room of the Quezon City Public Library last November 27, 2017. In attendance were LFL founder Todd Bol, Mark Quinn, father of the late Max Quinn, an LFL Philippines volunteer, Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands, Max’s Foundation, Valenzuela Public Library, PEKK, Learning Links, IClip, Culiat High School, Cubao Elementary School, QC Public Library led by City Librarian, Ms. Emelita L. Villanueva and LFL Philippines convenor Miguel Patolot.
In Ms. Aparato’s short speech, she narrated how the book came to be via a video presentation wherein a reader was slowly reading a book by syllables and during the end part was in awe that he can finally read. She hopes that thru this book more non-readers or struggling readers especially in the informal sector will be able to read. Quezon City Public Library is happy to host gatherings such as these in its goal to popularize reading among the youth. Incidentally, the date of the book launch coincides with Araw ng Pagbasa.
For a copy of the book, it can be purchased for P350 and is available thru LFL Philippines. Please contact Mr. Miguel Patolot thru email: firstname.lastname@example.org.