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Philippine Nanie Guanlao: Book lover, book sharer

06-27-2012 10:11 BJT

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The Internet has changed the world no doubt in many ways for the better, in some ways, for the worse. Many believe it may have replaced books as our main source of knowledge and information, but as CCTV's Barnaby Lo reports, one man still believes in the power of books, and has turned his home in the Philippine capital Manila into a public library.

For over a month now, Dan Meneses, a writer and a publisher, has been coming here every day. No, not to buy nor to borrow any of these books, but to take them home for free.

Nanie Guanlao, who still believes in the power of books, has turned his home in
the Philippine capital Manila into a public library.

Dan Meneses, writer, said, "This is the minimum that I will get today. This is the minimum."

And true enough, there's already more in his car and he's not even done for the day. But he feels no remorse for it and why should he? He says he also donates from his collection of more than 7,000 books. And that's just the way it works here at the Reading Club 2000 established 12 years ago when 60-year old Nanie Guanlao turned his home into a neighborhood book club.

Nanie Guanlao, Founder, Reading Club 2000, said, "We enjoy living in a free choice environment, no rules!"

Nanie Guanlao, who still believes in the power of books, has turned his home in
the Philippine capital Manila into a public library.

CCTV reporter, Barnaby Lo, Manila, said, "Nanie Guanlao's neighborhood book club is not only open 24/7, but you see all these books here? They're free to read, free to borrow, and if you don't return them, no one's going to be running after you."

In fact, Nanie has gone one step further by taking the book club around the neighborhood, giving books away in the hopes of encouraging more people to read, believing firmly that technology and the Internet should not be blamed for people’s declining interest in books.

Nanie Guanlao, Founder, Reading Club 2000, said, "Loss of books to read may be the culprit of this. They have no sufficient public libraries available 24 hours a day."

Nanie Guanlao, who still believes in the power of books, has turned his
home in the Philippine capital Manila into a public library.

But not in Nanie's neighborhood, some kids even opt to do research for their homework at the book club.

Benedict Paranal, 7th grader, said, "If I go to an Internet shop, I'd have to spend money for browsing and for printing. And besides, everything I need is here and I don't even have to pay for anything."

But the true measure of Nanie's success is how much these kids have come to know the value of books and have learned to love reading.

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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