To continue with the Bibliotherapy Q and A, here are two more questions from the webinar. Here are links to the previous blog posts: set 1 which is about retellings of classic tales and set 2 which is about access to books and library services. What ...
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"School Librarian in Action" - 5 new articles

  1. Bibliotherapy Q and A: Senior High School Students, Reading and Technology
  2. PLAI Congress: Plenary Session
  3. Paghilom at Pag-asa sa Panahon ng Pandemya: 3x3 Best Reads by Audrey Anday
  4. Reference and Resources: Post Pandemic Hacks for Librarians
  5. Ajooma Reviews: Tale of the Nine Tailed Episodes 7 - 10
  6. More Recent Articles

Bibliotherapy Q and A: Senior High School Students, Reading and Technology

To continue with the Bibliotherapy Q and A, here are two more questions from the webinar. Here are links to the previous blog posts: set 1 which is about retellings of classic tales and set 2 which is about access to books and library services. 

What techniques can we do to create bibliotherapy for senior high school students? How we can convince them to read.

First, we have to know what reading is. Research in literacy teaching and learning informs us that reading can be defined and understood from many lenses or disciplines. In education, reading is seen as a series of developmental stages (Chall, 1983). Reading is also a process. Rosenblat (1990) theorised that reading is an interactive process where in the reader and the text engage and connect efferently and asethetically. The reader plays an active role in the construction of meaning and in comprehension the message of the text.

Senior High School students fall under the stage where they are capable of understanding multiple viewpoints. They can respond to the text in varied ways. They learn in this process of understanding and clarifying their responses to text or literature they encounter either in formal schooling or in every day. Here are my top three activities you can do with your junior high school and high school students.

1. Reading Challenges like the one Gene Luen Yang advocates. The Reading Without Walls reading challenge by Yang, a well loved comic book creator, can be fully accessed in the link provided for. Offer your high school students an array of different books and materials to read. Expose them to as many forms of literature as possible.

2. Book Vlogs and Book Trailers. Have them respond to books and stories they have read through blogging, vlogging and book trailers.

3. Create an online reading room or virtual reading where students can access digital libraries for free.

How do you encourage (reading to) children of today (who are) engrossed to technology and social media gaming etc.?

We need to take the printed book as it is and the same can be said about media and technology. We need to see how different these technologies are from each other and also understand what makes them similar to each other. We do not have to pit books against online resources. We often speak of balance in tech use, but, we also need to acknowledge that different kinds of technologies, or a mix of them, can address many modalities of learning.

So, for this question, my answer is very similar to the one above. As librarians we need to create and design learning spaces and environments where readers can choose reading materials, set their own goals or criteria for reading and using tech as we provide a safe space for them to be and get involved in their process of creating and communicating their responses.

This means, we have to learn with our readers. We are learners ourselves.


PLAI Congress: Plenary Session

This one is for the PLAI Congress as I am speaking on Day 3 where all the education and instructional tracks are scheduled. Also, it is Library Association day, so I am doing this one for PASLI.

Zarah C. Gagatiga, RL


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Bio Note (English)

Zarah is a teacher librarian, an award-winning author, blogger and storyteller. She handles press releases and communications protocol for the Philippine Association of School Librarians and currently represents the library sector in the Philippine Board on Books for Young People. 

Zarah believes in three things: the power of love; the value of family and friendship; and, with the use of appropriate methods, that books and reading can change lives. Visit her blog at

Bio Note (Filipino)

Si Zarah ay isang gurong librarian, premyadong manunulat, blogger at kuwntista. Siya ang PRO ng Philippine Association of School Librraians (PASLI) at kumakatawan sa sector ng mg librarian ng Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY). Si Zarah ay naniniwala sa kapangyarihan ng pag-ibig; sa kahalagahan ng pamilya at pagkakaibigan; at, gamit ang tamang pamamaraan ng pagtuturo, ang aklat at pagbabasa ay may kakayahang gawing pambihira ang isang buhay.



PLAI Congress Parallel Session for PASLI

Title: Designing Media and Information Literacy Skills Modules for Online Distance Learning and Remote Learning




The session is a seminar-workshop for school librarians, teachers, advocates of Media and Information Literacy (MIL), parents and media practitioners. Trends and current practices in the teaching of MIL skills will be discussed including a matrix of MIL skills and topics for K-12 learners. Platforms of different modalities that are used for the design and delivery of MIL modules for ODL and remote learning will be presented as well.


Reflection Questions

1.     What are the key principles of instructional design?

2.     What are the fundamental concepts of MIL in application to school library services and programing?

3.     With an understanding of the context of your learning community, how will you approach the design and planning of a MIL program?


Paghilom at Pag-asa sa Panahon ng Pandemya: 3x3 Best Reads by Audrey Anday

Here is Ms. Audrey Anday's 3x3 Best Reads. Librarians read!

Allow me to share my output for the second priming activity, for the webinar-workshop Paghilom at Pag-asa sa Panahon ng Pandemya: Kamusta ka? Kamusta na? Magkamustahan Kata sa Panahon ng Pandmeya!


Here are three books I considered as my best reads for the past two years, with my simple review of the book in three sentences and complete bibliographic data of each book. 


Mama said there’d be days like this (but she never said just how many) by Charlene Ann Baumbich, published by Guideposts, 1995.


This book served as divine summation of stories about good, bad and dubious days that I helped me laugh at my own escapades. It reminded me of certain Someone I need to remember and hold close, days that I treasure so much from yesterday events and as long as my childhood. Truly, everyday is a gift, everyday offers a chance to giggle and backslap, belly laugh and hug, cry and dream, love and forgive, something my Mama used to tell me.


A little salty to cut the sweet: Southern stories of faith, family and fifteen pounds of bacon by Sophie Hudson, published by Tyndale House Publishers Inc.,  2013.


How this book was written also has a different way of touching my heart. It made me recall family days, our gatherings, meals and stories we share  that really became our sources of nourishment. This book illustrates how God faithfully teaches us deep lasting lessons about loyalty, love and more about Him.


Language the language of prayer by Joyce Huggett, published by The Bible Reading Fellowship, 1994.


As the saying goes, Communication is the lifeblood and heartbeat of every relationship, that is why I am delighted to have this guide as I explore the heart of prayer. It also emphasized the importance of having a prayer journal and creatively take note of the promises and revelation of words spoken/written. Silent time with God in an established prayer corner/prayer room reserved for quiet prayer is a sacred time is very important.



Reference and Resources: Post Pandemic Hacks for Librarians

Ajooma Reviews: Tale of the Nine Tailed Episodes 7 - 10

Tale of the Nine Tailed
Studio Dragon, 2020
Written by Han Woo Ri
Directed by Kang Shin Hyo

Tale of the Nine Tailed has six more episodes to go. The series will fold up by the end of the month, more or less. Many fans of LDW and loyal viewers of the series are excited to see how every pieces of the puzzle will all fit together. Questions that sprang up at the beginning of the series are constantly being asked on socmed. Will there be a happily ever after for Yeon and Ji Ah? Is death the ultimate redemption of Rang? Will Granny ever show tenderness to Yeon? Who will make the ultimate sacrifice to defeat the Imoogi? Where are Ji Ah’s parents and how will they factor in the resurgence of the Imoogi if they are ever found?

I would rather take things in stride by watching episode per episode for the next remaining weeks. Like eating my favorite dish, I will enjoy this ever so slowly until the last morsel because LDW’s next drama will probably be in the middle of 2021. A long wait.

So, here are the things I relish from the last four episodes.

The honesty is evident in the dialogues and scenes between the casts of the drama. At times witty, but often straightforward. Shin Ju does not deny his feelings for Yu Ri nor his displeasure for Rang. When he loves, he loves. When he is annoyed, he is annoyed. It is the same with Yeon and Ji Ah. This is a pairing that does not beat around the bush.

By episode 5, they already recognized their feelings for each other. They do not play around or explode into useless drama. There is a bigger force at work and they both know it has to be dealt with. This connection and dynamic were established early on that is why, Yeon was able to reach her in her subconscious when they were both in the realm of darkness. I particularly liked this episode. It is the 9
thepisode and I think the writer made use of the folkloric and mythic elements (the red string of destiny, the shadow self, the underworld) quite effectively to show that destiny entails commitment and devotion. The universe has something to do with this, yes, but loving is a lot of hard work. Pinaghihirapan ang forever. Yeon and Ji Ah had to wait for each other.

“I waited for you” is a line that has been repeated three times in the drama. Waiting is no joke. Waiting is a test of character. Waiting requires restraint and self-sacrifice. If that is not romantic tell me what is.

And finally, that kiss they shared in the rain. Slow and tender at first. Then it deepens until Yeon and Ji Ah break for air. Eyes closed and lips partly open, Yeon waits (again!) for her to reach up to him. She does so with eagerness that Yeon meets her passion and reciprocates it with his own. The song reaches the refrain while rain softly falls all around. A fitting closure to the second act.

Episode 10 begins with the Imoogi making a move on Ji Ah. Rang is faced with a difficult choice. Yeon confronts his nemesis. I am hoping it will not take the route that TKEM did. No fan service, please.


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