Mr. Hernando "Nanie" Guanlao established "The Reading Club" for anyone who wants to read. With more than 500 titles under its name, this library of sorts for everyone, can be found in the front of his ancestral home in Balagtas St. in Barangay La Paz, Makati City. With the "Reading Club" Mr. Guanlao wanted to create a service for his community while at the same time encouraging the culture of reading.
"The Reading Club"actually began in 2000 when Mr. Guanlao built some makeshift shelves outside his house and displayed his family's collection of books. Though people initially didn't understand what Mr. Guanlao was doing, they picked up after a while that these books were there for their reading pleasure.
|Mr. Nanie Guanlao, founder of "The Reading Club" shows some books on his version of the libraries mobile counterpart.|
What's most interesting about the "Reading Club" though is that Mr. Guanlao says there are no rules behind this. People drop of boxes of books at his door step, sometimes anonymously, and the collection grows. But what's even more interesting is that he says "people can read, can borrow, can take home." And the "Reading Club" never closes. It's always there for people to visit and use. From students who are looking for reference books and textbooks to people who just want to read, the "Reading Club" is always open.
At the end of the day, what we love most about the "Reading Club" is that Mr. Guanlao says he doesn't expect anything from this. Plain and simply, he just wants to promote literacy to people and give them the chance to read.
Read more about Mr. Guanlao in this article from the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
*Information for this blog entry was taken from the article published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Saturday, June 2, 2012.
*Pictures from: http://www.samutsari.info/readingclub/?m=201206