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Read pa more! Bistek to build more libraries

Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista is planning to build more libraries to encourage reading in his city.

“It’s more challenging now that we have a laudable public library at city hall. We still need to improve our community libraries, and better if we can add to them,” the politiko said.

He, however, cited several problems they have to face in building more libraries such as lack of vacant spaces and number of licensed librarians.

“Managing a library is a science, it’s why the college course for this is Library Science, and you even have to pass the board exams. I just don’t know if we’ll have librarians available,” he said.

Under his leadership, Bautista built the Quezon City Public Library (QCPL) which is the first and only library in the country equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tagging system.

The RFID is a technology that can thwart thefts from the library’s more than 15,000 books and track its collection.

The three-storey library also boasts of state-of-the-art data storage, retrieval and archival systems. It also has a cafe and a conference room.

“What’s important is these projects become functional, for people to converge in libraries so they can be more educated and updated with useful information. Ironically, technology is also what’s blocking libraries – instead of reading books, youngsters prefer to mingle with the latest advances and state of the art paraphernalia,” the mayor said as the city marks the library’s first year anniversary on Monday.