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Hooked on Books

LIBRARY AND READING PROGRAM

HOB Libraries are where children can dream beyond the pages of a book!

A world-class initiative to create school libraries stocked with attractive children's books and empowers communities through workshops and trainings with the hope that all children will develop a love for reading that can benefit their education, well-being, and their future.

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RICARDO P. CRUZ Sr. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Taguig City, Metro Manila

Let's make stories come alive!

The community of Taguig turned the page and stepped into Lola Basyang's world last October 15, 2023 at the 15th Hooked on Books (HOB) Library at Ricardo P. Cruz Sr. Elementary School in Taguig City! This library captures the magic of our grandparents' stories. It's a place where kids and the young at heart can dive into their wildest fantasies, surrounded by a wonderful mural painted by our talented LINKS artists, the Taguig GSO artists, and Ricoh volunteers.

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NARRA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

San Manuel, Pangasinan

One word... Magic

Painted and designed with love, our 14th Hooked on Books (HOB) Library at Narra Elementary School, San Manuel, Pangasinan opened its doors last August 21, 2023. This magical space was designed by Interior Designer, Joel S. Jose Jr. This library not only aims to ignite passion for learning and reading among the students but it is also a space that sparks creativity and sets imaginations ablaze.

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BATAD CENTRAL SCHOOL

Batad, Iloilo

Transcending Seas and Time Zones

The 13th HOB library at Batad Central School in Iloilo stands as a testament to the remarkable initiative of Vice Mayor Ernesto Balida and the unwavering dedication of the school's faculty, under the leadership of Principal Mae Duran. Across vast distances, both geographically and culturally, LINKS Volunteers hauling from the USA, Scotland, Northern Luzon and Palawan have united to construct this library. Through their collective efforts, they are opening doors to a world of possibilities for the children, one book at a time, transcending seas and time zones to build bridges of knowledge and inspiration. The 13th HOB opened its doors to the children of Iloilo last June 7, 2023.

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CABBO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Peñablanca, Cagayan

Helping Hands Can Change Lives

We are truly proud of our 12th HOB Library at Cabbo Elementary School in Peñablanca, Cagayan that was launched on May 24, 2023, because it was initiated and completed by local volunteers in the said town. Our very first locally-driven HOB Library, equipped with its own reading programs, was led by Atty. Viva Olalia-Guzman, a LINKS volunteer with a deep passion for reading. The success of this project was done in collaboration with local donors and the partners of LINKS such as the Philippine Construction Association, Boysen, Procore, Mark Guzman, LGU Peñablanca, and of course, the teachers, and parents. We believe that the helping hands in our communities can change children’s lives by offering them a place to learn, create, and belong… a beautiful and colorful library.

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BACNOTAN CENTRAL SCHOOL

Bacnotan, La Union

Bayanihan para sa Silid-Aklatan

Harnessing the spirit of bayanihan, we were able to launch our 11th HOB Library at Bacnotan Central School in Bacnotan, La Union on April 1 to 3, 2023. With reading culture as a key agenda of the local government unit according to Mayor Divine Fontanilla, Bacnotan now has two HOB Libraries to date. It was bayanihan at its best--as faculty members, parents, and the LGU all contributed to put everything together for the children of Bacnotan Central School. The volunteers were so happy to once again give their time and energy in helping the town have a beautiful physical library and an empowered Bacnotan community, for a sustainable reading program!

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ALFONSO CENTRAL SCHOOL

Alfonso, Cavite

Turning Dreams into Reality

It started as a dream and a personal mission of Ms. Aida Miranda, an alumna of Alfonso Central School, Alfonso, Cavite, and we helped her turn it into a reality. On our 10th HOB Library last February 25-27, 2023 at Alfonso Central School, we felt that the whole community is ready and excited to see their new library all thanks to the efforts of Philippine Construction Association through its Estilo de Vida Project, DATEM Incorporated, LINKS (hooked on Books) program, sponsors, donors, individuals, and LGU representatives who made this dream a reality. So, is it worth it? Oh YES! The big smiles on the faces of the kids, teachers and parents are priceless. They just can't believe they have a beautiful world-class library in their very own school! Who else have huge smiles? us... the volunteers! Someday, each of these children will be great members of society because when they were little, people cared enough to give them a library, and gifted them the opportunity to learn how to read and enjoy reading.

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SAN GABRIEL CENTRAL SCHOOL

San Gabriel, La Union

Reading is Magical
LINKS has magically turned a plain room at San Gabriel Central School in San Gabriel, La Union into a beautiful work of art! To the local children, our 9th HOB Library that was launched last August 30, 2023 was a fantasyland… well, to all of us at LINK
S, too! This is our version of the Color Library of our partner for this project, Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines. Together, let us continue to change lives by creating stimulating place with space for reading and playing through our colorful libraries.  

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SAN ANTONIO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Iriga City, Camarines Sur

Genuine Love Found in Reading
LINKS were very excited as we launched our 8th HOB Library in San Antonio Elementary School in Iriga City, Camarines Sur on June 26, 2022. 400++ learners of the elementary school and even the San Antonio National High School now have a place to go to read to their hearts' delight. Here, we also launched the Go Nanay Program - a volunteer program to help the school's struggling readers. The Go Nanay Program involves the mothers and other volunteers and is under the LINKS Hooked on Books (HOB) umbrella program. We have painted their walls so that children will develop the genuine love for reading.

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INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER

Lingayen, Pangasinan

Our Colorful and Meaningful Mission
Our 7th HOB is different but equally very very special to us. This is a privately-owned mini-libr
ary run by youth volunteers of the International Christian Life Center and owned by Manny and Aileen Cabjuan located in the shores of Lingayen, Pangasinan.  Launched on December 29, 2021, the children of the fisher folks in the area, whom this library is intended for, were simply delighted!  This is part of our mission to help the community, and now local children have such colorful books and stories to read to enhance their lessons in distance learning… All it needs is a little splash of paint!

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GALONGE​N ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Bacnotan, La Union

Small Actions are Big Steps in the Right Direction

Through the full support of our sponsors and the community we were able to launch our 6th HOB Library at Galongen Elementary School on December 18, 2019. The white walls of their library have now become a more conducive, creative, imaginative, and inspiring space to read and learn. This library is a proof that the power of small actions can build a great future as they are big steps taken in the right direction.  

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SANIJUBAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Agoo, La Union

Every HOB is a Labor of Love
On our 5th HOB Library, launched last November 3, 2019, we transformed an old classroom of Sanijubar Elementary School in Agoo, La Union, into a fully stocked library that would draw young readers to the site, stimulate their creativity, and ignite in them a passion for reading. This aims to introduce reading as an enjoyable activity that is encouraged by the community. Parents and teachers took part in a dialogue to set the reading and comprehension goals and activities undertaken by the school, including the conduct of reading sessions and management of the library. This HOB, like all of our libraries, was a labor of love, born in the hopes of giving every child the opportunity to discover a love for reading and learning.
 

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SAGAYAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

San Fernando, La Union

A Child and a Reading Community
The rehabilitation and transformation of our 4th HOB Library in Sagayad Elementary School in San Fernando, La Union from July 20-22, 2019 marks the transformation of the Community into a Reading Community. The fire of literacy is created by the emotional sparks between every child, a book, and the community and how they are brought together in perfect harmony. 

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MARIKIT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

​Aborlan, Palawan

Beauty Through the Eyes of the Children
As we created our third HOB in Ma
rikit Elementary School in Aborlan, Palawan last May 24 to May 28, 2019, we can’t help but realize that indeed, the children are the future, that is why we must always believe in the beauty of their dreams. After the construction work, repairs, and building refurbishment, LINKS transformed and re-decorated the school’s library into a dreamy, colorful, and exciting learning hub. We will never forget the eyes of the children as they lit up when they saw the beauty of their new library. It is indeed, marikit!
 

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SAN JOSE APUNAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Lubao, Pampanga

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

The second HOB project was carried out in San Jose Apunan Elementary School, Lubao, Pampanga on December 1-2, 2018. It was a combined AMKOR-LINKS PROJECT because it was made possible through our collaboration with Amkor Technology Philippines Employees’ Cooperative (ATPECOOP). This particular library and reading project has been special in our hearts as it capitalized on community cooperation and collaboration. In fact, even as years have passed, AMKOR Coop, through LINKS, still took care their flagship HOB as they gave tons of papers for printing modules to San Jose Apunan ES during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 because distance learning was really such a challenge especially when using printed modules for the children. Another MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

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INDAOAC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Tuba, Benguet

Starting Small… Dreaming Big
The doors of our very first LINKS HOB (Hooked on Books) Library was opened at Indaoac Elementary School in Tabaan Sur, Tuba, Benguet on
July 14, 2018. It caters to students as well as other children in the community. This aims to equip local children with lifelong learning and literacy skills. Little did we know that this library will be the beginning of our journey towards bringing color into children’s lives. 

HOW WE CREATE THE HOBS

A team of artists and volunteers creating magic together.

AGAINST ALL ODDS

A story of success in a fishing village.

LINKS x ESTILO DE VIDA

WHERE WE HOBed SO FAR

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These are the places that accepted the challenge of creating and turning our collective vision into a reality. This includes HOB Libraries, Feeding Programs, Book Drives, Fundraising and many more projects that nurture and give children a happy, inspiring, and healthy environment!

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