A newly constructed public library in Rizal, Kalinga has been opened to the public. The library is well-equipped with computers and internet connections and new books. A mini-museum houses artifact from the National Museum.
Having a public library in a community is an advantage to help and encourage children to read, learn new things, and widen their knowledge. The province of Kalinga aims to focus on the interests of the youth, thus they come up with the Kalinga Public Library. It was realized through the collaboration of the local government of Kalinga and other private organizations.
The city government also purchased new books amounting to Php2.1 million through the EU100,000 donation of the Gerda Henkel Foundation. They also bought new bookshelves and other pieces of furniture for the Kids Corner of the library.
One of the people who started the construction of the public library is Mylene Lising. She is an archaeologist at the National Museum. Aside from books, visitors can also find different human bones. They situate the public library at the Rizal Eco-Tourism Center. The site is a very strategic location accessible to both the locals and from neighboring places.
The public officials of the provincial government attended the launching of the public library. It amazed many netizens seeing the photos uploaded by a concerned citizen in social media.
The effort of the local government to build a public library is a challenge to other cities and provinces throughout the country to have even a small library to help not only the youth but also other people who want to learn.
The Kalinga Public Library is open to anyone for research and opens during weekdays. The administrator of the public library requests the visitors to follow the rules and regulations in using the library. Visitors must help to maintain the cleanliness and orderliness of the facility.