Graciano Lopez Jaena Shrine transformed into Iloilo City library

The Dr. Graciano Lopez Jaena Shrine was rehabilitated and transformed into the Iloilo City Public Library and Learning Center (ICPL). The shrine-cum-library is located on the hero’s former home along Fajardo Street, Jaro.

Lopez Jaena was an editor and orator whose writings and literary works rallied against Spanish invaders.

"After this project, we will have an Avanceña shrine and library in Arevalo. We will allow the younger generation to know more about the important persons in their districts who contributed a lot to our lives today. We are what we are because of what they did for us during their time," Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas said.

This will pay tribute to Arevalo's pride Ramon Avanceña, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court. Part of La Paz plaza redevelopment will also host a library.

City Librarian Marion Aguirre said they purchased new books, which will be delivered soon. This, after they have updated the collections and return to stockroom the worn-out and unserviceable ones.

ICPL promotes love for reading among children and helps students in their research.

The library provides learning modules to parents for their children, ages 6 to 12 years old from Grade 1- Grade 6 that can be printed online. They also have sensory books for children with special needs.

It also has its Department of Information and Communication Technology or DICT, wherein free computers are available for everyone.

ICPL joined the World Read Aloud Day Febuary 2 with Iloilo River Plains Integrated School as representative. They also sent the recorded presentation to LitWorld, an international organization based in New York, USA.

ICPL proposed to the mayor to join the 63rd Public Library Day of the National Library of the Philippines. Its proposal is in lieu with the 2022 Istoryafest in collaboration with Philippine Librarian Association Inc.-Western Visayas Region Librarians Council (PLAI-WVRLC).

"We will compile our online videos and show the films to all pediatric vax sites for kids to learn and be entertained," said Aguirre.

Aguirre said there have been many requests for ICPL to open on Saturdays. She added the plan to extend the weekday services will be presented to the mayor for approval.

ICPL entertains online queries via their Facebook page.