The Hanging Bookshelf

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The greatest thing that will ever happen to a person is when he or she comes up on the stage to receive a diploma. Then after graduation, it’s time for him or her to look for a decent job to pursue a career. But what do you think is the most important thing to do first before we look for a job that we always seem to forget from the time we left the academe: keeping our books properly.

We usually inherit our books from our elder brothers or sisters and we do the same thing for the younger ones. However, if you are the youngest among the siblings and all your cousins have already graduated, you don’t seem to care for your books anymore unless you are planning to work in the academe.

Aside from bringing these books to the second hand bookstore, you might consider as well a bookshelf inside your home to keep it. In my case, my father put an improvised book shelf inside my room because I have plenty of books since I finished two technical courses: Technician and Engineering. The bookshelf is 1 meter in length and it is made up of six pieces half-inch thick rectangular plywood. Unlike any common bookshelf, mine is hanging on a wall and is supported by a steel angle so I usually get a chair if I want to get something from it.

I still have plenty of books that are not in my bookshelf since the space is very limited but soon as I transfer my room, I will create another hanging bookshelf that is more than a meter long and it will be supported by several steel angles.

My bookshelf did not only free some space in my room but it also made my books easily visible since it is hanging and anyone who enters my room can see what book titles I have. Thus, it helps me in keeping my books ensuring that my nieces and nephews can use it in the future.

In reality, we can say that majority of the latest information can now be found in the internet which set aside our books. But we have to remind ourselves that without these books, we cannot graduate from our respective courses. Moreover, we cannot make our lives more competitive enough in this challenging world!  (AAP)

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About Aleks

Engr. Aleksandre Pates (a.k.a. Aleks) is an I.T. Professional and Electronics Engineer by profession, but it didn’t hinder him to enrich his skills and broaden his experience in theater and literary. He is also a College Instructor/Professor, Playwright, Artistic/Creative Director, Singer, Songwriter/Composer, Resource Speaker/Lecturer of Campus Journalism, Editorial Writing, Creative Writing and Leadership Empowerment for Youth. He is a Palanca Awardee, and he was the Editor-In-Chief of The Philippine Artisan (official student publication of TUP-Manila) from 2003-2007. He is a Certified Oracle Partner Expert since 2010, and a member of the prolific playwright organizations in the Philippines, The WritersBloc. He also holds numerous positions in socio-civic and professional organizations like Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP – Manila Chapter), and De La Salle Araneta University Alumni Association, Inc.
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