A mobile library has been put up by the municipal government of Carigara, Leyte to help raise interest among kids of the town, especially those in the remote villages. (Photo Courtesy)

TACLOBAN CITY- A mobile library is now roaming around barangays of Carigara, Leyte, with the aim of raising awareness on the importance of reading among kids.
The program, dubbed as book mobile drive, visited day care centers in six barangays of the town since it was launched July 25.
The program is being coordinated between the municipal government and its municipal library, said Vice Mayor Eduardo Ong, Jr.
Ong said that the program is design for all the barangays of the town but those located in far-flung areas were prioritized since the children there are most unlikely have not visited a library.
Under the program, which is a way of bringing services to the barangay people, books are deposited to the villages for at least three weeks for the residents, particularly the children, to read.
So far, the villages of Tigbao, Camansi, the pilot area, Manloy, San Juan, Hiluctogan and Canlampay, were visited by the mobile library.
“If the children cannot visit the library, then the local government unit (LGU) will bring the library closer to the children,” said Ong.
“We also invite individuals to volunteer as story book readers. They just have to coordinate with the LGU for the details,” added the vice mayor.
Meanwhile, the LGU is also planning to bring computer units to the barangays for the computer literacy training courses the system is also similar to Book Mobile drive but is intended for out of school youths and adult, Ong said.
The program is a way of preparing the out of school youth and even adults for employment, he added.
“We are all aware that employers are now looking for those equipped with technical skills and also it is also a gateway for those who wants to start a business,” Vice Mayor Ong said.(LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)