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  • Read for Free: 57 Public Libraries in Metro Manila

    Make a visit to these libraries your next bonding activity with your child!
    by Jazer Basan .
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  • Reading to — and with — our kids shouldn't be just an introduction to literacy; it should be a continuous habit they can enjoy, love and live. If your family spends hours in bookstores browsing over interesting reads, but find that buying them takes its toll on your family budget, then it's time to take advantage of an oft-overlooked resource: public libraries.

    Check out this list of family-friendly libraries that will surely spark your child's interest. Just by presenting your ID, you can widen your child's horizon with a wide array of titles. Celebrate National Children's Book Day on July 16 by visiting a library close to your place.

    1. The Manila City Library

    Manila City Library

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    Manila City Library moved from Mehan Garden in Arroceros on May 2012 to its new location along Taft Avenue (fronting Luneta). Though many of its book collections have been damaged by last year's typhoon, a number of reference books are still useful. Book supplies come from the Manila City Hall, The National Library and generous individual donors. Reference books must be used within the library premises only but may be photocopied. Pocketbooks can be borrowed. The Manila City Library also offers internet services.

    Address: 800 Taft Avenue Manila
    Tel No: 523-8687
    Website: http://manilacitylibrary.wordpress.com/
    Email: manilacitylibrary@gmail.com
    Library Schedule: 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Mondays to Fridays
    To use their internet services, present a barangay certificate, 2 valid IDs and a filled out form

    2. Arsenio Lacson Public Library

    Arsenio Lacson Public Library


    Formerly Sta. Ana Public Library, this historical site is 57 years old and was named after the Manila Mayor of the 50's, Arsenio Lacson. Once serving as a venue for storytelling by Adarna House Publications, this library now houses a spacious children's section with a TV set.

    Address: Calderon cor Suter Sts. Sta. Ana Manila
    Tel No: 310-2674
    Library Schedule: 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Mondays to Fridays

    3. Manila - Sacramento Friendship Library

    Manila-Sacramento Friendship Library


    This library served as a symbol of friendship between Manila Mayor Arsenio Lacson and the mayor of Sacramento, California in 1965. Currently, it has a children's playground on the side and ample yard and interior space, making it a perfect venue for puppet shows, kiddie activities and story telling. The books at the new Children's Section were donated by the Rotary Club of Bagumbayan Manila.

    Address: Canonigo cor. Zamora Sts., Paco Manila
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/ManilaSacramentoFriendshipLibrary
    Library Schedule: 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Mondays to Fridays

    4. Kapitan Isidro Mendoza Public Library

    Isidro mendoza public library


    Situated in a quiet district on a major street, this library has been serving local residents for half a century now. The building and lot was donated by a prominent local, Isidro Mendoza, in 1952. Toys and books are courtesy of private individuals and organizations like Samahang Sining at Kultura ng Pilipinas (SSKPil)  and balikbayan citizens of Pandacan.

    Address: T. San Luis cor Central Sts., Pandacan
    Tel No: 310-2674
    Library Schedule: 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Mondays to Fridays
    Library Card requirement: present a barangay certificate, 2 pcs ID photos

    5. Manila-San Francisco Friendship Library
    1559 Alvarez (near Rizal Avenue) Street, Sta. Cruz (North), Manila
    Tel. 711-9840

    6. San Nicolas Public Library
    Corner San Fernando & Madrid Streets, San Nicolas, Binondo, Manila
    Tel. 310-7050
    Open Mondays to Fridays, 8AM to 5PM

    7. Tondo Public Library
    2/F Tondo Sports Complex, Corner J. Nolasco & N. Zamora Streets, Tondo, Manila
    Open Mondays to Fridays, 8AM to 5PM

    8. Valeriano E. Fugoso Public Library
    Corner Lacson (Forbes) & Aragon Streets, Sta. Cruz, Manila
    Tel. 310-4474
    Open Mondays to Fridays, 8AM to 5PM

    9. Bacood Public Library
    3825 Biyaya Street, Bacood, Sta. Mesa, Manila
    Tel. 716-1828
    Open Mondays to Fridays, 8AM to 5PM


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