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Davao, Mindanao – The National Book Development Board (NBDB) holds the Philippine Book Festival and the first evert Book Nook Conference from August 17 to 19. Coinciding with the National History and Language month, the Philippine Book Festival is the second reiteration since the June event at World Trade Center. This time, the PBF goes south in Mindanao with the Panagtapok Book Nook Conference.
There are at least ten sessions from involving community in readearship development, responding to the call of the community, cultivating and encouraging reading culture, storytelling workshop and demonstration, best marketing campaigns to generate readership, best practices in collation of visitor and readership data, likewise challenges in data collation during the first day alone. This would be followed by the Philippine Book Festival opening ceremonies on August 18 then presentation of overall Book Nook Vision and mission, vision and mission alignment, presentation and critique of strategies, success indicators and targets and the last session on alignment of these strategies, indicators and targets. For the last day of Panagtapok, there would be a ceremonial rites before coming to respective book nooks in the archipelago by August 19.
According to the NBDB program, “the Book Nook Project has, since its conception, envisioned itself as a catalyst for communities to take on its role of nurturing a boisterous reading culture within itself. Following three years of promoting a love for reading across the nation, an opportunity to recount past victories and to converge future efforts arises in PANAGTAPOK: The Book Nook Conference 2023.”
Moreover, in this conference are participants with like-minds and like-experiences; and we appreciate the fact that they, too, feel joy when a child flips through a book with boundless curiosity, and they, too, feel hopeful when readers enthuse about a book they have read cover to cover. NBDB said “Our prime point of convergence is that we are all here to nurture the readers and future readers of our communities, strengthened by the belief that we are stronger if we put our hands together. The conference has since then been conceptualized to call our valuable partners and colleagues into a gathering to become better stewards of our community reading centers.”
The organizers of Panagtapok is hopeful and loking forward, “We look fervently into a sustainable future for the project, wherein the Book Nook becomes a model for a reading center that will make Filipinos well-read and Filipino-published books well-loved; and we pray the Book Nook Conference 2023 to be a fruitful and insightful experience for everyone. Past the closing of the conference, let us return to our communities with renewed vigor and purpose.”