The Davao City Library and Information Center (CLIC), in its campaign to provide easy access to books and other learning materials to everyone in all parts of the city, has called on barangay functionaries to create reading centers for residents.

City Library Head Salome Enoc told the City Information Office that their office continues to distribute book titles to reading centers in barangays, with each reading center receiving around 300 to 500 book titles and reading materials.

In 2022, the CLIC distributed books to reading centers in 15 far-flung barangays and an elementary school in Marilog District.

Enoc, in another interview with the Davao City Disaster Radio on Thursday, urged barangays who have yet to establish their own reading centers to make space where they can create one.

“This is a call to all barangay captains to open their own reading center, maski’g nook lang (even if it is only a nook),” Enoc said.

“We are aiming for a child-friendly city, and one of the components is for us to build a library in our reading centers,” she added.

Enoc said the CLIC is willing to help barangays establish their own reading centers as long as ample space that can be easily accessed by residents is provided. She said the generous donations that the city library receives will provide sufficient reading materials for each reading center.

“Kaning mga donations na gipanghatag diri sa atoang mga generous Dabawenyos, we are sharing this to the reading centers. Hinay-hinay nato ning gihatag sa ilaha kay usahay naa na may mga duplicate, triplicate diri so atoa ning i-share didto sa ilaha (We are sharing these donations given by our generous Dabawenyos to the reading centers. We are slowly distributing these to them because sometimes we have duplicate, triplicates here so we are share these with them),” she said.

Enoc also urged Dabawenyos to support the libraries and the reading centers in the districts and barangays by either visiting them or by donating books. CIO