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Dumaguete approves ordinance establishing 24/7 library

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:36 PM

The ordinance comes weeks after a post began circulating online of a McDonald’s branch requesting students not to study in their establishment

ALWAYS OPEN. The Dumaguete City Council passes an ordinance opening the library 24/7. Photo from Dumaguete City Public Library's Facebook page

Israel gets missing Franz Kafka papers, ending long legal battle

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The late Czech writer's papers are now in the hands of the Israel National Library

Guests look at papers and manuscripts belonging to Max Brod, the friend and literary executor of Czech writer Franz Kafka, on display at the Israeli embassy after the stolen items were handed over to the Israeli ambassador by Germany's Bundeskriminalamt, in Berlin on May 21, 2019. - German police on May 21, 2019 handed over to Israel thousands of stolen papers and manuscripts belonging to Max Brod, who died in Tel Aviv in 1968, and who is primarily responsible for Kafka's success as one of the 20th century's most influential writers, having published many of his works after the writer's death in 1924. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)

Cebu City Public Library resumes 24-hour operations

Jul 24, 2019 - 9:39 AM

The library limited its hours for a month while the administration of new Mayor Edgar Labella looked for new staff to man the round-the-clock operations

LIMITED HOURS. The Cebu City Public Library returns to 24-hour operations. Photo from CCPL Facebook

Labella assures Cebuanos city library will resume 24-hour services

Jul 01, 2019 - 8:32 PM

The Cebu City Public Library stops its 24-hour services – an initiative of former mayor Tomas Osmeña – citing manpower shortage

LIMITED HOURS. The Cebu City Public Library says it doesn't have enough people to man the place 'round the clock like it used to. Photo from CCPL Facebook

UPLB encourages students to converse offline through human library

May 31, 2019 - 4:19 PM

People become an open book through University of the Philippines Los Baños' Human Library

[OPINION] In choosing a degree, consider Library and Information Science

May 23, 2019 - 8:53 PM

A librarian has the responsibility to guide their patrons to the truth. Nowadays, such a responsibility is greatly needed.

Cebu City Library offers free Spanish classes beginning April 27

Apr 25, 2019 - 10:23 PM

‘Registration will have to be done in person. 40 slots are available, first come first served,’ says Mayor Tomas Osmeña

FREE. The Cebu City Public Library's Spanish classes will go over conversational skills, basic grammar, cultural information, and pronunciation. Photo from the library's website

Over 5,000 sign up for free Japanese classes at Cebu City Public Library

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:25 PM

The library is also planning to offer Spanish, Mandarin, and German language classes, says reelectionist mayor Tomas Osmeña

How to help Mang Nanie, the man who made his home a public library

Dec 20, 2018 - 9:34 AM

The story of 66-year-old Hernando Guanlao captivates netizens. Here's how you can find him and help him continue his mission.

Beyond the pages: Man turns home into public library

Dec 15, 2018 - 10:59 AM

66-year-old Hernando Guanlao wants to empower people by giving them unlimited access to books

[OPINION] Ask Senate hopefuls to show pictures of their libraries

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:00 PM

I heard a proposal that only those who finished college should run, which is stupid, because everyone should be free to run. I'd rather that all senatorial candidates bring a picture of their libraries.

FAST FACTS: National Library of the Philippines

Aug 12, 2018 - 8:56 PM

Founded on August 12, 1887, the National Library of the Philippines has archived millions of pages of Philippine materials for more than 130 years now

LOOK: Cebu City library to start 24/7 operations on March 8

Mar 08, 2018 - 5:41 PM

In the long term, Mayor Tommy Osmeña promises that other rooms in the building will be repurposed to 'give students doing group work a place to talk'

Photo from Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña's Facebook page.

Quezon City Public Library open to operating 24/7

Mar 08, 2018 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) Quezon City's main library can accommodate 300 people and is open from Mondays to Saturdays

MODERNIZED. The Quezon City Public Library exterior. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 8, 2018

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:27 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

CHA-CHA. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hints at her opposition to Charter Change or Cha-Cha in a speech delivered before students of St. Scholastica's College Manila on March 7, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Thanks to netizen’s request, Cebu City library will be open 24/7

Mar 06, 2018 - 7:57 PM

An engineering student messages Mayor Tommy Osmeña on Facebook, wishing the public library remains open overnight so students won't need to hang out at fast food restaurants to study

Newsbreak Chats: Top stories for February

Mar 01, 2018 - 2:27 PM

Join us as we make sense of each issue and talk about the importance and impact of these stories: frigates deal, Sereno impeachment, a non-librarian as head of the National Library, and Russian bots

The Librarians: A Rappler Profile

Feb 23, 2018 - 7:14 PM

'The law is clear,' Totanes says. 'Only licensed librarians can be appointed to all government libraries. So yes, the President violated the law.'

Probe 'national non-librarian,' Ombudsman urged

Jan 28, 2018 - 12:25 PM

A complaint alleges that National Library head Cesar Gilbert Adriano is not qualified for his post

NATIONAL LIBRARY. A librarian questions the appointment of a 'non-librarian' to head the country's national library. File photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

The week in photos: November 11-17, 2017

Nov 18, 2017 - 2:06 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) delegates watch the performance of the Philippine Ballet dancers during the Opening Ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila on November 13, 2017.World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / NOEL CELIS

China's futuristic library: More fiction than books

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Readers expecting to pluck tomes from most of the terraced shelves are in for a surprise – most books are in other rooms with more classic library bookshelves

FUTURISTIC. This picture taken on November 14, 2017 shows people visiting the Tianjin Binhai Library. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Bohol teachers hope gov’t info portals can revive interest in libraries

Nov 16, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Technology has made students shun libraries and do research on their gadgets instead, say the teachers. They're banking on the DOST's Starbooks learning stations to change that.

Photo from DOST Starbooks Facebook page

DOJ denies Solano’s motion to trash evidence taken from frat library

Oct 30, 2017 - 8:37 PM

The prosecution panel also denies Solano’s motion to strike from the record his first affidavit where he lied about seeing a dead Castillo in Tondo

SWEEP. SOCO members look over every inch of the evidence. Rappler sourced photo

Solano claims judge who issued frat library search warrant falsified docs

Oct 25, 2017 - 5:05 PM

John Paul Solano's motion for inhibition against Judge Reynaldo Alhambra is instantly denied, but the fratman's lawyer says they will file a motion for reconsideration

MOTION TO QUASH. Aegis Juris fratman and suspect John Paul Solano attends a hearing at the Manila RTC Branch 53 on October 25, 2017, on his motion to quash the search warrant on the fraternity library. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Solano, Dela Rosa, Human Rights Watch | Midday wRap

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:48 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

WATCH: Book Stop Project brings libraries to communities

Aug 27, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The Book Stop Project aims to give everyone access to libraries and ultimately to help build an active citizenry

MODERN LIBRARY. Young people drop by at the Book Stop to read and donate books. Photos by Vee Salazar

Malacañang, Google offer virtual tour of Presidential Museum

Jul 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Anyone with internet access can now tour the Presidential Museum and Library and see its precious memorabilia on Philippine presidents

From left to right: Googles Philippines Country Manager Kenneth Lingan, PCOO Asec. Margaux Uson, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, Google Arts and Culture Program Manager Pierre Caessa pose after the launching of the Online Malacanang Presidential Museum and Library with Partnership with Google in Malacanang Palace on Wednesday. Photo by Lito Boras/

J. K. Rowling marks 'wonderful' Harry Potter anniversary

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:37 PM

20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others It s been wonderful Rowling tweets

Local bizmen to gov't: Turn Leyte library into a convention center

Jan 21, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The People s Center and Library used to be a cultural gem in the hometown of then First Lady Imelda Marcos Part of it is now being rented by a Japan surplus shop

FUTURE CONVENTION CENTER? The facade of the People's Library and Center in Tacloban City. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

MovePH 2016: Online campaigns and the communities they served

Dec 31, 2016 - 3:10 PM

As 2016 ends we in MovePH highlight the online campaigns we’ve launched and their impact on the communities that we continue to serve

NATIONWIDE COVERAGE. Rappler's 20 core Movers with the MovePH team pose for a photo after the 3-day training. Photo from Rappler

#ShareLove this holiday season, one good deed at a time

Dec 16, 2016 - 11:01 AM

Check out this list of organizations with charitable activities you can join this Christmas

How community libraries can change lives

Jul 27, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Established in 2010 the Library Renewal Partnership aims to build at least 200 community libraries by 2020 and empower Filipinos to make our nation great again

LIBRARY. Volunteers of LRP read a storytelling book to the kids. All photos by Dwight Angelo de Leon

Bata, bata, paano magbasa?

Jul 23, 2016 - 6:33 PM

Although the Philippines has a high literacy rate not all children are able to read and write depriving them of the opportunity to travel across new worlds through reading

Horseback library serves Indonesia's remote readers

Jul 15, 2016 - 4:00 PM

For many this unique mobile library is their only link to books There is no traditional library nearby and stores are miles away in big cities It s a problem for villages across the sprawling Indonesian archipelago

MOBILE LIBRARY. This picture taken on March 30, 2016 shows an Indonesian child reading a book delivered on a 'moving library' via horseback, run by Ridwan Sururi in Serang, a quiet hamlet fringed by rice fields and a volcano on Indonesia's main island of Java. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Anthology: Stories about architecture 2016

Jun 16, 2016 - 9:39 AM

The architecture festival “Anthology” is completely free and open to the public It will be held in Plaza de Roma and will be anchored by The Book Stop as its main stage

ANTHOLOGY.  Anthology is a three-day architecture festival that features platforms in support of an architecture that matters

Google wins long US court battle on book-scanning

Apr 19, 2016 - 4:15 PM

The US Supreme Court junks the petition of the Authors Guild saying that Google Books is covered by fair use under the copyright law

This photo taken on April 11, 2016 shows visitors gathering at Google booth during the 2016 China International Electronic Commerce Expo in Yiwu, east China's Zhejiang province.  The on-going China International Electronic Commerce Expo, which is being held in eastern China's Yiwu city from April 11 to 13, has attracted 1,185 e-commerce companies from 12 countries including Canada, France and Germany. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT

Lopez Museum's 'Drawing the Lines' exhibition: The art of news

Mar 20, 2016 - 1:23 PM

See editorial cartoons magazine covers and propaganda paintings throughout the years at the Lopez Museum and Library s Drawing the Lines exhibition

All photos by Rome Jorge/Rappler

Marcos wealth, John Paul II ‘intimate letters,’ stegodon tusk | 12PM wRap

Feb 17, 2016 - 12:20 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

#AlDub recap: Lola Nidora's 'tamang panahon' finally gets a date

Oct 17, 2015 - 5:14 PM

Yaya Dub and Alden will unite with the AlDub Nation fans on October 24

THINKING OUT LOUD. Alden sings the Ed Sheeran song that he always sings to Yaya Dub. Screengrab from Facebook/EBdabarkads

Asia needs to help the poor more, say philanthropists

Oct 15, 2015 - 9:15 AM

In my assessment a lot of countries save for Singapore have failed in being able to provide housing for the poor which is a shame as it creates good foundation for a country says billionaire Vincent Tan

POOLING IDEAS. Some of Asia's tycoons get together on the final day of the 15th Forbes Global CEO Conference to discuss ways to improve development on the philanthropic front. (From left) Vincent Tan, Dr. Tahir,, Rohan Narayana Murty, Laurence Lien, and Dr. Binod K. Chaudhary. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

SIGABO 2015: Ang Ikapitong Taunang Patimpalak sa Sabayang Pagbigkas

Oct 01, 2015 - 8:38 PM

SIGABO promotes Filipino art culture and literature through the Sabayang Pagbigkas

British Library rejects Taliban trove fearing terror laws

Aug 28, 2015 - 9:39 PM

International researchers spent years putting together a trove of documents related to the Afghan Taliban digitizing the estimated 2 to 3 million words and translating everything into English

The British Library is pictured in central London on August 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

GRADERSCON 2015: Trailblazing a Filipino identity in global society

Aug 24, 2015 - 5:05 PM

The Children s Museum and Library Inc will teach young people what it means to be a Filipino in today s world

Move your books to Mindanao!

Aug 05, 2015 - 2:41 PM

Books are passports to learning possibilities Help young Mindanawans achieve their potential

 Nico Villarete/Rappler

WATCH: 5 PH indie musicians to check out

Jun 15, 2015 - 11:23 PM

Tired of the usual top 40 radio fare? Music enthusiast and Jam 88 3 DJ Russ Davis gives us the lowdown on 5 local indie music acts worth checking out

Latino named US poet laureate for the first time

Jun 11, 2015 - 11:59 AM

Juan Felipe Herrera gets the prestigious nod from the Library of Congress

PRC releases Librarian Licensure Exam results

Apr 28, 2015 - 4:26 PM

Congratulations to the latest batch of licensed librarians

Estero kids learn to manage trash through toy libraries

Apr 01, 2015 - 12:21 PM

A group of college students plans to build toy libraries for children living along one of the unsafest canals in Metro Manila

ESTERO DE PACO. A group seeks to build toy libraries for kids living along one of the unsafest canals in Metro Manila. All photos from PACOlayin ang Estero.

Free history talks on legacy of Bataan

Mar 30, 2015 - 10:40 AM

Bataan Legacy Historical Society’s mission is to educate the public on the historical significance of Bataan and World War II in the Philippines by presenting the war from different perspectives

Why I became a librarian

Mar 02, 2015 - 5:56 PM

What can I see myself doing 10 years from now? The answer to this question was I love reading books but it was obvious that there is no career in reading for me