The newly renovated Manila City Library along Taft Avenue was launched by the city government Monday morning.
The library is equipped with hundreds of books and other publications, computer sets, and printers. A customer service hotline was also set up so people can ask about the availability of some books before coming to visit.
Jerry Vicente Catabijan, St. Mary’s Publishing president, donated around P1-million worth of books to the library.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, who led the inauguration, said they aim to make libraries in the city attractions that children, and even senior citizens, can visit to “sharpen their minds” once the pandemic is over.
“Kailangan natin patuloy na pagyamanin ang kaalaman ng kabataan (We must continue to enrich the children’s knowledge) and the government should be providing opportunities for them,” he said in his speech.
“Make it available to anybody. When I say anybody, I mean anybody who have interest or are interested to read,” he added. “City library should be available to any age.”
Domagoso lauded the officials of the Manila City Library for keeping up with technological advancements to better cater to learners.
“Ito’y patuloy natin na palalakasin kahit na sa ngayon ay wala pang pangangailanhan dahil nga sa limitado pa ang galawaan ng ating mga kabatanaan (We will continue to strengthen this even if there is currently no need for it because of the limited movement of our youth),” he said.
“Pero darating ang oras, may awa ang Diyos, matatapos din ang pandemyang ito, and by that time, maaliwalas, masigla, at punong-puno ng laman ng mga bagay na mahalaga na magagamit ng isang magaaral na mapampunliko man o pribado (But the time will come, with God’s mercy, that the pandemic will end, and by that time, the library will be pleasant, vibrant, and full of important tools that can help both public and private students),” he added.
The Manila mayor told residents to foster their love for reading as learning is a life-long process.