The library, located at the Lions Club Building along McArthur highway in Matina in this city, is a joint project of the Davao Association of College and Schools (DACS), the Davao City Lions (Host) Club and the Kyabaan Association, Inc. (KAI).
“The library aims to respond actively to the information, education and communication needs of students and professionals in search of development and positive change relevant to Philippine realities,” says May Fe Templa, managing director of KAI who also manages the library.
It features various collections of college textbooks, books published by Ibon, even those by the National Democratic Front. There are also progressive books on unionism, class struggle, martial law, and even Amado Guerrero’s “Philippine Society and Resolution.”
The library also has an extensive collection of Chinese publications, ranging from Chinese arts, culture and society to magazines and Chinese story books such as “Spring Silkworms” by Mao Tun, Chinese stories compiled by Jiao Bo, “Lovely Land” by Yang Shuo, Pu Songling Selected Tales of Liao Zhai, “The Butterfly and Other Stories” by Wang Meng.
Other collections include “Plato for Beginners,” “Economics for Beginners” and “Sex for Beginners,” literary books and readings on sexual reproductive health, gender, health, and environmental issues, legal and social issues. One can also purchase copies of Ibon books that are for sale. They can even rent educational and documentary films from Lions Club and Department of Health at 10 pesos each.
The library was named after Wang Shu Shin’s mother, Doña Luisa Villa Abrille. The late Wang Shu Shin is a member of the Lions Club.
Members of the library’s book club can borrow and take the books home. For non-members, the books are only for reading inside the library.
Interested citizens can avail the perks of being a club member by paying an annual membership fee of P50 for students and P75 for professionals.
The library, however, also has its problems. Lack of money is the most major. “The money we get from the membership fee is not enough to support our personnel and other operating expenses,” says Templa.
The library, which started operations last February, is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays to Fridays. (Thea S. Padua / MindaNews)