National library – Save My NJ Library http://savemynjlibrary.org/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 09:18:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://savemynjlibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png National library – Save My NJ Library http://savemynjlibrary.org/ 32 32 National Digital Library – Librarian https://savemynjlibrary.org/national-digital-library-librarian/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:07:41 +0000 https://savemynjlibrary.org/national-digital-library-librarian/ The National Librarian, Prof. Chinwe Anunobi revealed that the federal government has digitized the national library in line with technological advancements. Digitization, according to Anunobi, has made it possible to adjust and improve the service delivery of the library. According to a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday, Anunobi said so […]]]>

The National Librarian, Prof. Chinwe Anunobi revealed that the federal government has digitized the national library in line with technological advancements.

Digitization, according to Anunobi, has made it possible to adjust and improve the service delivery of the library.

According to a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday, Anunobi said so during a briefing on the occasion of his first anniversary in office.

Speaking later in the statement, the National Librarian noted that, in line with the FG’s digital policy, the National Library has automated its services and operations to connect the old and the new, and to build informed citizenship, with information about our culture and heritage.

She also pointed out that the agency would not be outdone by tech trends.

She said, “The national library has about 57 years and 60 consecutive years of information resources.

“Some of our resources have deteriorated due to age and use, but to preserve them, we are committed to the digitization of this fragile heritage, increased availability by relying on technologies of the information and communication.

“They say that when you build automation into your workflow, you don’t kill some jobs, you make them work efficiently,” she said.

Unfolding her accomplishments, she noted that the agency had designed a virtual library and automated library operations, among other things.

She added, “We have developed the national repository to preserve our heritage, our library environment is now accessible to the public with the construction and renovation of state branches, we are strengthening literacy awareness to encourage documentation of the family heritage in indigenous languages.

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Bilingual MotherToBaby fact sheets are now included in the prestigious National Library of Medicine https://savemynjlibrary.org/bilingual-mothertobaby-fact-sheets-are-now-included-in-the-prestigious-national-library-of-medicine/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://savemynjlibrary.org/bilingual-mothertobaby-fact-sheets-are-now-included-in-the-prestigious-national-library-of-medicine/ Non-profit organization’s expertise recognized as leading resource on exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding BRENTWOOD, Tenn., September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The nonprofit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), through its public service, MotherToBaby, now contributes to the prestigious National Library of Medicine (NLM) where over 250 of its specialist bilingual (English/Spanish) fact sheets can be […]]]>

Non-profit organization’s expertise recognized as leading resource on exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The nonprofit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), through its public service, MotherToBaby, now contributes to the prestigious National Library of Medicine (NLM) where over 250 of its specialist bilingual (English/Spanish) fact sheets can be found on medications, vaccines, diseases, herbal supplements, occupational exposures and more during pregnancy and pregnancy. feeding with milk.

MotherToBaby provides information about exposures before and during pregnancy as well as traditional breastfeeding through its toll-free helpline 866-626-6847, texting service 855-999-3525, and website http://www. .MotherToBaby.org, where the public can live chat or email an expert. “This is just one more way to ensure that pregnant women and healthcare providers have access to reliable, up-to-date, research-based information so they can make more informed decisions during pregnancy. reproductive journey or in case of adoption,” said Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, former president of MotherToBaby and professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego. “Being part of the NLM is a testament to the reliability of our resources. We are honored to be contributors.”

For more than 200 years, “The National Library of Medicine has been a partner in biological discovery, decision-making in clinical care, and healthcare choices in everyday life,” according to its website. The NLM includes tools for health information and biomedical literature, such as PubMed. MotherToBaby fact sheets through the NLM are available at public and hospital libraries as well as schools and clinics. It is also available at the following link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK582980/

Learn more about OTIS and MotherToBaby

The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) is a professional scientific society of individuals engaged in the assessment of pregnancy and lactation risks resulting from environmental exposures. Members include, but are not limited to, specialists in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, genetics, dysmorphology, perinatal epidemiology, teratology, teratology behavioral, pharmacy, genetic counseling, nursing, midwifery, maternal and child health, public health and includes experts who provide MotherToBaby services and researchers who conduct studies on MotherToBaby pregnancy. MotherToBaby is a suggested resource from many federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). MotherToBaby is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a total award $6,000,000 with a zero percentage funded by non-governmental sources. The contents of this release are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views or endorsement of HRSA, HHS or the US Government. To learn more about MotherToBaby and OTIS, please visit http://www.MotherToBaby.org.

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FG launches digitization of 57-year-old national library https://savemynjlibrary.org/fg-launches-digitization-of-57-year-old-national-library/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:50:41 +0000 https://savemynjlibrary.org/fg-launches-digitization-of-57-year-old-national-library/ The Federal Government has begun digitizing the 57-year-old National Library of Nigeria (NLN) and automating its services to the global standard. The NLN was established by Act No. 6 of 1964, with the National Librarian/Director General of the Library, Professor Chimwe Anunobi, claiming that some of the National Library’s information resources were already weak and […]]]>

The Federal Government has begun digitizing the 57-year-old National Library of Nigeria (NLN) and automating its services to the global standard.

The NLN was established by Act No. 6 of 1964, with the National Librarian/Director General of the Library, Professor Chimwe Anunobi, claiming that some of the National Library’s information resources were already weak and deteriorated due to age and use.

Anunobi, who spoke at a briefing to reporters in Abuja on some of his milestones to mark his one year in office, said modest progress had been made over the past year in efforts to reposition the National Library of Nigeria for effective and efficient services.

“My effort so far is seen as building bridges to connect the old and the new, leveraging technology,” she said.

She noted that while digitization activities are ongoing, the development and deployment of the National Repository of Nigeria (NRN) is approximately 70% complete.

The NLN boss said: ‘The National Library is around 57 years old with substantial information resources of sixty years old. Therefore, it is not out of place that some of the information resources are weak and deteriorated due to age and use.

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“To save and preserve them, we are committed to the digitization of this weak heritage aimed at preservation, increased availability and wider accessibility by taking advantage of information and communication technologies.

“We hope to complete and go public by the end of November 2022. The RRN houses in electronic form all Nigerian heritage that has been deposited since its inception to date by authors, printers or publishers, in accordance with the law on legal deposit. .

“We deployed KOHA library automation software for cataloging and classification at the National Library. On April 4, 2022, we launched our Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), the window to all resources hosted by the National Library of Nigeria.

“This will allow users to virtually check the materials we have and their exact location, without physically searching our shelves,” she said.

Anunobi further added that the NRN would be accessible to all Nigerians and beyond, regardless of status, qualification or location, saying that digitization was not only designed to increase the visibility of Nigerian intellectual heritage, but also to allow the creators of this intellectual heritage to return. on their investments.

She however called on the media, especially news houses, to deposit electronic copies of their publications with the NLN to facilitate the digitization process, explaining that the digitization of archival information would start from the Lagos vault.

She noted that some media houses have complied with this request while NLN is waiting for other media publishing companies to join the initiative.

Anunobi revealed that by leveraging technology, NLN under her leadership designed and developed a fully ready-to-deploy virtual library, which she believed would provide the reading public anywhere in the world with access to operations and services of the National Library.

NLN’s head office is in a rented apartment located in the Central Business District, FCT, Abuja, but the National Librarian told reporters that following the directive from President Muhammadu Buhari, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) would take supported the completion of the abandoned headquarters construction project.

She explained that TETFund has set aside funds and through the Minister of Education will present the estimate for the completion of the project to the President for approval and commencement of work on the site.

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Treasures on the Shelves – It’s National Library Pay-Per-View Month – Kenbridge Victoria Dispatch https://savemynjlibrary.org/treasures-on-the-shelves-its-national-library-pay-per-view-month-kenbridge-victoria-dispatch/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 21:04:36 +0000 https://savemynjlibrary.org/treasures-on-the-shelves-its-national-library-pay-per-view-month-kenbridge-victoria-dispatch/ Treasures on the shelves — It’s National Library subscription month Posted at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2022 September is the National Library card registration month. As many of us were growing up, the library card was a very important part of going to school. With our library cards, we were able to pursue […]]]>

Treasures on the shelves — It’s National Library subscription month

Posted at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2022

September is the National Library card registration month. As many of us were growing up, the library card was a very important part of going to school. With our library cards, we were able to pursue answers to questions that may not have been answered during the school day. We could learn to build or craft something that interests us or just find a new story to read.

National Library Card Signup Month was created to encourage people of all ages to use the public library by signing up for their own library card. To understand the history of this festival, we can go back to the roots of the first libraries.

For the earliest example of what we know as a library, go back to 2600 BC. One of the greatest libraries of all time was the Library of Alexandria. Like modern libraries, it was known to be a storehouse of knowledge. Celebrating Library Card Month is very simple for adults and children in our community. Nothing like a library card to open windows on the world. The choices are endless for kids and adults, as you can enter fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, graphic novels, biographies, magazines, reference or genealogy research. Just go out and get a library card ASAP.

It is free and available from the Ripberger Public Library in Kenbridge or the Victoria Public Library in Victoria.

Connie Krupa is the Children’s Program Coordinator for the Lunenburg County Public Library System. She can be contacted at cckrupa@embarqmail. com.

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Book banning efforts increase in 2022, says national library association https://savemynjlibrary.org/book-banning-efforts-increase-in-2022-says-national-library-association/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 19:56:00 +0000 https://savemynjlibrary.org/book-banning-efforts-increase-in-2022-says-national-library-association/ NEW YORK — The wave of attempted book bans and restrictions continues to escalate, the American Library Association reported Friday. The numbers for 2022 are already approaching last year’s totals, which were the highest in decades. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. “It’s both the […]]]>

NEW YORK — The wave of attempted book bans and restrictions continues to escalate, the American Library Association reported Friday. The numbers for 2022 are already approaching last year’s totals, which were the highest in decades.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. “It’s both the number of challenges and the types of challenges. Previously, a parent had heard of a certain book and had a problem with it. Now we see campaigns where organizations compile lists of books, without necessarily reading or even watching them. »

The ALA documented 681 book challenges in the first eight months of this year, involving 1,651 different titles. In 2021, the ALA listed 729 challenges, directed to 1,579 books. Because the ALA relies on media accounts and library reports, the actual number of challenges is likely much higher, according to the library association.

Friday’s announcement is timed for Banned Books Week, which begins Sunday and will be promoted nationwide through tabletop displays, posters, bookmarks and stickers and through readings, essay contests and other events showcasing contested works. According to a report in April, the most targeted books include Maia Kobabe’s graphic memoir about gender identity, ‘Gender Queer’, and Jonathan Evison’s ‘Lawn Boy’, a storytelling coming-of-age novel. by a young homosexual.

“We see this trend continuing in 2022, the criticism of LGBTQ-themed books,” says Caldwell-Jones, adding that books on racism such as Angie Thomas’ novel “The Hate U Give” are also frequently challenged. .

Banned Books Weeks is overseen by a coalition of writing and free speech organizations, including the National Coalition Against Censorship, the Authors Guild and PEN America.

Conservative attacks on schools and libraries have proliferated across the country in the past two years, and librarians themselves have been harassed and even forced out of their jobs. A college librarian in Denham Springs, Louisiana has filed a legal complaint against a Facebook page that called her a “criminal and pedophile”. “Gender Queer” and other LGBTQ books.

Audrey Wilson-Youngblood, who left her job as a media specialist at the Keller Independent School District Libraries in Texas in June, laments what she calls “the erosion of credibility and competence” in the way her profession is perceived. At the Boundary County Library in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, library director Kimber Glidden recently resigned after months of harassment, including shouting Bible passages referencing divine punishment. The campaign began with a single complaint about “Gender Queer,” which the library didn’t even have in stock, and escalated to the point where Glidden feared for his safety.

“We were accused of being pedophiles and caring for children,” she says. “People were showing up at library board meetings armed.”

Virginia Library Association executive director Lisa R. Varga said state librarians have received threatening emails and been filmed at work, tactics she says “are unlike anything what those who embarked on this career expected to do”. see.” Becky Calzada, library coordinator for the Leander Independent School District in Texas, says she has friends who have left the profession and colleagues who are scared and “feel threatened.”

“I know some are concerned about promoting Banned Books Week because they could be accused of trying to advance an agenda,” she says. “There is a lot of apprehension.”

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The National Library of Qatar inaugurates the “Read to Lead” program https://savemynjlibrary.org/the-national-library-of-qatar-inaugurates-the-read-to-lead-program/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 18:31:00 +0000 https://savemynjlibrary.org/the-national-library-of-qatar-inaugurates-the-read-to-lead-program/ Doha: The National Library of Qatar hosted the first session of the Read to Lead program, an initiative that focuses on leadership and how self-help books can empower individuals and employees to grow their efficiency and performance to improve their productivity. Former Prime Minister HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani was the guest […]]]>

Doha: The National Library of Qatar hosted the first session of the Read to Lead program, an initiative that focuses on leadership and how self-help books can empower individuals and employees to grow their efficiency and performance to improve their productivity.

Former Prime Minister HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani was the guest of honor at the event. He shared his knowledge and talked about his previous experiences as one of Qatar’s most prominent leaders. The session also focused on the most important leadership principles covered in the book The Leader Who Didnt Have a Position, by Robin Sharma, one of the leading publications on the subject.

The event was attended by HE the Minister of State and Chairman of the National Library of Qatar, Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, who delivered the keynote address, as well as leaders from 15 government institutions different. Their presence was a sign of the government’s commitment to successful leadership and the refinement of skills that will impact society and actively contribute to the achievement of Qatar’s National Vision 2030.

At the end of the session, the participants expressed their opinions and impressions on the themes and ideas of the book, and the most important lessons they learned after hearing about the experiences of HE the former Prime Minister. Copies of the book were also distributed to participants.

His Excellency said: “I extend my sincere thanks to the management of the National Library of Qatar and the organizers of the ‘Read to Lead’ program, led by Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, President of the National Library of Qatar. I had the pleasure of interacting and speaking with promising young leaders in whom I saw the spirit of leadership and was moved by their determination to hone their leadership abilities for use in their careers. wish them success and progress in their work, as they are the leaders of tomorrow and the builders of our nation.”

The “Read to Lead” program is part of “Qatar Reads”, an initiative of the National Library of Qatar, but which was originally launched by the former Community Development Department of the Qatar Foundation in 2019 to encourage residents of Qatar to read every day.

For his part, Dr. Al Kuwari said, “In our country, we are keen to educate our youth on the factors of successful leadership, and the starting point is knowledge, and knowledge begins with reading, with which leadership is achieved.

He added: “The Qatar Reads initiative, through its ‘Read to Lead’ programme, has gotten off to a good start by selecting a distinguished guest and leader from among Qatar’s great leaders, HE the former Prime Minister, who has discussed leadership concepts with young leaders and shared his rich and practical experience with clear examples and real stories, which had a great impact on the participants.

The “Qatar Reads” initiative aims to make reading an essential part of the daily activities of communities in Qatar, and an effective tool for disseminating knowledge, instilling values, encouraging analytical thinking and promoting social development. The project offers a variety of ways in which families, young people and various segments of society can interact with the world of reading.

Among these is the “Read to Lead” program, which takes the form of educational sessions and discussions around a specific book. This program targets groups such as university students, young professionals and employees, using specific books to put personal development and ambition in the hands of lifelong learners, and to help them use reading as a means of professional and personal development.

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September is the National Library card registration month. Here are 5 more ways to get involved with your local library. | Colombia https://savemynjlibrary.org/september-is-the-national-library-card-registration-month-here-are-5-more-ways-to-get-involved-with-your-local-library-colombia/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 15:27:09 +0000 https://savemynjlibrary.org/september-is-the-national-library-card-registration-month-here-are-5-more-ways-to-get-involved-with-your-local-library-colombia/ It’s National Library card subscription month! All three New York Public Libraries (New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library) offer both traditional and digital library cards. New York State residents can apply for the free cards online or visit a local branch in person to enroll. A digital library card gives […]]]>

It’s National Library card subscription month! All three New York Public Libraries (New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library) offer both traditional and digital library cards. New York State residents can apply for the free cards online or visit a local branch in person to enroll.

A digital library card gives you access to that library’s collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks, which you can access through the SimplyE app for Android and iOS. With a regular library card, you can access these digital collections, as well as view physical books, rent DVDs, stream movies online, and more. If you’re an avid reader, here’s a little tip: The Brooklyn Public Library’s e-card lets you check out 20 different ebooks from their extensive collection at once!

All New York public libraries also offer much more than media loans! With virtual and in-person events, learning opportunities, enrichment activities for kids, after-school programs, and even free museum passes, there’s something for everyone.

Each month, we share highlights from the George Bruce Library on 125th Street to help our neighbors make the most of the New York Public Library’s many offerings. Although this location is closed until the end of September for renovations, they continue to hold virtual events. For in-person book checkouts and resources, patrons are encouraged to visit Morningside Heights Library on Broadway, Harlem Library at 9 West 124th Street, and Harry Belafonte 115th Street Library at 203 West 115th Street.

Events to come

Check times for recurring virtual events, such as book hours, hook and chat, and more on the George Bruce Library event listings. Basic in-person computer classes will resume when the George Bruce Library reopens.

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The National Library organizes a creative content workshop based on local wisdom https://savemynjlibrary.org/the-national-library-organizes-a-creative-content-workshop-based-on-local-wisdom/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 11:59:08 +0000 https://savemynjlibrary.org/the-national-library-organizes-a-creative-content-workshop-based-on-local-wisdom/ The challenge is how libraries continue to play a role in improving people’s literacy in today’s digital age Jakarta (ANTARA) – The National Library is organizing the Nusantara 2022 Local Creative Content Workshop to improve literacy in the digital age. “The challenge is how libraries continue to play a role in improving people’s literacy in […]]]>

The challenge is how libraries continue to play a role in improving people’s literacy in today’s digital age

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The National Library is organizing the Nusantara 2022 Local Creative Content Workshop to improve literacy in the digital age.

“The challenge is how libraries continue to play a role in improving people’s literacy in today’s digital age. The digital platform is an unlimited space for people to cultivate a love of reading and literacy,” said the head of library analysis and reading culture at the National Library. Development Center, Adin Bondan, said here on Monday.

Bondan remarked that literacy is crucial for the advancement of the nation and civilized individuals.

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According to Bondan, the culture of literacy has become more strategic in solving the nation’s problems, as it is strongly linked to human qualities.

A collective ecosystem of knowledgeable people is necessary to achieve a civilized society, he asserted.

Meanwhile, rapid developments in technology, particularly the Internet, present both a challenge and an opportunity for libraries, especially the National Library, in improving services to foster public interest in the literacy.

“The creativity of young people in producing various creative content on digital platforms offers new (ray of) hope for cultivating a passion for reading and literacy, especially through local creative content,” he said. -he explains.

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“Daily activities, talk shows/chats, tutorials, product reviews can all be turned into interesting content, and we call it creative content,” Bondan said.

The Nusantara Local Creative Content Workshop 2022 is a program to find and train content creators, who can popularize applied local wisdom and creativity, so that the love of reading and literacy can stay pertinent.

For more information on the activities, the public can visit the link https://pappbb.perpusnas.go.id/kontenkreatifnusantara. Selected entrants will be offered workshops by content creators, and five selected pieces of content will be rewarded.

Registrations are open from September 12 to October 15, 2022.

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Queen Elizabeth II – Vale Regina exhibition at the National Library https://savemynjlibrary.org/queen-elizabeth-ii-vale-regina-exhibition-at-the-national-library/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 05:24:00 +0000 https://savemynjlibrary.org/queen-elizabeth-ii-vale-regina-exhibition-at-the-national-library/ Friday, September 9, 2022, 5:24 p.m.Press Release: Department of Home Affairs Queen Elizabeth II – Vale Regina at the National Library. Credit: Marcelo Duque Cesar/ National Library A memorial exhibition for Queen Elizabeth II has opened at the Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa National Library in Wellington following her death today. This tribute to Queen […]]]>

Queen Elizabeth II – Vale Regina at the National Library. Credit: Marcelo Duque Cesar/ National Library

A memorial exhibition for Queen Elizabeth II has opened at the Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa National Library in Wellington following her death today.

This tribute to Queen Elizabeth II is based on the pictorial archives held by the Alexander Turnbull Library, Archives New Zealand and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. These collections are the richest in illustrations from the visit during this “royal summer” of 1953-1954, so images from this tour are predominant in this exhibition of 26 images.

The public is invited to view the exhibition, which is free, on the ground floor during the opening hours of the National Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

The exhibition, in te reo Maori and English, can also be viewed online at: Queen Elizabeth II – Vale Regina | National Library of New Zealand (natlib.govt.nz)

A book of condolences is in the main foyer of the National Library for visitors to pay their respects.

Lucy Shand, National Library Partnerships Coordinator, at the Queen Elizabeth II – Vale Regina exhibit. Credit: Marcelo Duque Cesar/ National Library

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Turning the Pages of History at the National Library – Manila Bulletin https://savemynjlibrary.org/turning-the-pages-of-history-at-the-national-library-manila-bulletin/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 20:00:18 +0000 https://savemynjlibrary.org/turning-the-pages-of-history-at-the-national-library-manila-bulletin/ The school year has officially started and most students are now back to some form of face-to-face lessons after two years of virtual education. I’m sure it must be exciting for students to see their teachers and friends (and finally meet their virtual classmates in person). With some semblance of normalcy, libraries are now open […]]]>

The school year has officially started and most students are now back to some form of face-to-face lessons after two years of virtual education. I’m sure it must be exciting for students to see their teachers and friends (and finally meet their virtual classmates in person).

With some semblance of normalcy, libraries are now open to receive visitors and students. Libraries will once again be “alive” with students researching and studying in silence.

Among all the libraries in the Philippines, the National Library of the Philippines stands first. Located along Kalaw Avenue in Ermita, Manila, it houses two of the most important books in our country’s history. These books helped spark historic revolutions in the Philippines and produced countless unsung heroes and leading national heroes we admire today.

Facade of the National Library of the Philippines.

After the public announcement of a special exhibit in time for History Month last August, I was delighted to learn that the National Library of the Philippines is exhibiting the original manuscripts of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, written by none other than our national hero, Dr José Rizal.

Inside the special exhibition of the National Library, which already ended last August.

On a gloomy afternoon, I parked near the entrance to the National Library and walked to the second floor where the special exhibit was being held. It was the first time I entered the National Library, considered the mother of all libraries in the country. Its history dates back to the establishment of the Museo-Biblioteca de Filipinas (Museum-Library of the Philippines) during the Spanish colonial period, which was once located in Intramuros.

I was delighted to see up close the original manuscripts of what can be called the crown jewels of our National Library. I couldn’t believe I had seen in person what I only read in textbooks and was taught by my history teachers during my student years. Lo and behold, in the middle of the exhibit are the original manuscripts of the book that Dr. Rizal bravely wrote. With these books, he proved that the pen is mightier than the sword.

Original manuscript Noli Me Tangere

It was very fortunate that these original manuscripts were not lost forever unlike other rare Philippine books and collections in the National Library, which burned down when World War II broke out and the city of Manila been ravaged under a carpet of bombs.

The author looking at the various exhibits.

As I went through each exhibit, I also learned that in addition to Dr. Rizal’s original manuscripts, there were also his original letters to Ferdinand Blumentritt, his school documents, and his works of art. There was also a display of the old Holy Bibles used by our new and past presidents at their inauguration. There was also the controversial Murillo Velarde map, the old proclamation of our Constitution from the 18th century, old colonial Philippine coins and banknotes, an old musical piece of the old national anthem, as well as works by literary art by the eminent writer Lope K. Santos, and some old photos.

Before leaving the exhibition, I even had the chance to touch and walk through the replica of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, a chance that every guest would experience in this special exhibition.

“Seeing an original Noli Me Tangere manuscript up close gave me goosebumps.

This trip was quite special and memorable, especially seeing precious books that shaped the history of our country. The special exhibition of the National Library of the Philippines is part of its 135th anniversary of founding. Although the exhibit is already over, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to visit the library anytime soon. Even if you’re not a student, there’s a lot to see and learn inside a library. Take an afternoon and go to the library, there is a world waiting for you to discover there.

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