SM’s Book Nook strengthens Filipinos’ love for literature in celebration of National Literature Month 

In celebration of National Literature Month this April, Book Nook, a community and learning hub at SM Supermalls prepared a series of engaging events designed for book lovers of all ages, as a way to showcase SM’s unwavering support for literature.

To commemorate International Children’s Book Day, students were invited to participate in a book reading session

SM Cares and Book Nook began their month-long celebrations with the commemoration of International Children’s Book Day on April 2, in partnership with the Vibal Foundation, one of the key organizers for the local leg of the celebration. During the event, they hosted an intimate storytelling session for students from different schools.

Author Nina Daza-Puyat did a story time activity with kids for her books

This was followed by another intimate storytelling session on April 13, led by Nina Daza-Puyat, daughter of culinary icon Nora Daza, where she performed enchanting readings of captivating tales from her celebrated works, which include “Ang Alamat ng Lumpiang Shanghai” and “The Forlorn Rice Cooker.”

Kids enjoying the story telling session held at Book Nook at SM Aura

On April 14, lifestyle journalist and author Stephanie Zubiri collaborated with award-winning visual artist Vico Cham to introduce “Chalky The Chameleon,” a book that promotes diversity and inclusivity, which were featured in a storytelling session during A Spectrum of Colors event with Best Buddies Event aimed at shining a spotlight on World Autism Awareness Month, which is also in April.

Aside from being a Free Community and Learning Hub, SM Book Nook serves as an avenue for kids to have a safe space. IN THE PHOTO: Participants on the Autism spectrum celebrate World Autism Awareness Month with Best Buddies Philippines for A Spectrum of Colors Event Book Reading Event.

On April 19, expert stylist and author KC Leyco Mempin, also known as Miss Kayce, launched the second edition of her book “Always Be Chic,” which aims to make dressing up effortless for everyone, providing an ultimate style map to help them navigate their wardrobe journey at any stage of life.

Author of “Chalky the Chameleon” Stephanie Zubiri and award-winning artist Vico Cham, illustrator of the book, pose for a photo with the organizer, Michelle Ressa Aventajado, Executive Director of Best Buddies Philippines.

More importantly, the book underscores the environmental impact of sustainable fashion, delving into the importance of conscious consumption while providing practical tips for incorporating sustainability into one’s personal style.

Expert stylist and author KC Leyco Mempin giving provides personal styling tips while highlighting the importance of sustainability to the audience

Launched by SM Supermalls as an open and free library, Book Nook aims to create a community where book lovers of all ages can share their passion with like-minded people. It serves as a hub where visitors can read books and even donate their own, contributing to the library’s continuous growth for the benefit of the community.

Author KC Leyco Mempin and SM Book Nook Founder, Ms Shereen Sy

“As a form of human expression, literature provides us with knowledge about history, culture, and values, allowing us to understand ourselves and the world around us much better. We recognize its important role in society, which is why we do initiatives like this,” said Ms Shereen Sy, Book Nook Founder.

A free library and a community-driven haven, Book Nook is currently located SM Aura and holds more than 3,000 books that mall goers can freely browse and even take, so long as they bring one of their own to donate

Through its National Literature Month celebrations, SM aims to showcase its support for literature, which is part of its ongoing efforts to promote learning and its important role in nation building.

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Written by Village Connect

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