Volunteers at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library are making the most of their summer break by doing all sorts of helpful things at the state library. Their latest endeavor called for “super-sizing” books and even a library card for the JKPL’s display.
Children’s Library associate Erlinda Naputi said with the end of the 2013 “Dig Into Reading” Summer Program early this month, their volunteers had more idle time so she decided to put them to work.
Last week, JKPL volunteers Jarley Blanca, Merley Fernandez, Mariebell Aldan, and Abby Racoma put their creative minds together and made larger-than-life mockups of books like Harcourt Science, Catching Fire, and The Cat In The Hat. They also super-sized a JKPL library card, which like the three books were all made by hand.
Naputi said that much of the credit for the future displays of JKPL goes to Racoma, who she said is the acknowledged leader of the group and the one who designed the mockups. The 16-year-old goes to Saipan Southern High School.
Blanca, 16, also from SSHS, said she was primarily tasked to making the giant library card. She said she was able to finish it in a day. Blanca only started volunteering at JKPL this summer.
Fernandez said she helped Racoma make the layouts for the book mockups. The 16-year-old is a former Work Investment Agency trainee and, like Blanca, is a student from SSHS.
Another Manta Ray volunteering at JKPL is Mariebell Aldan. The 17-year-old said she was mainly in charge of drawing lines and plans to volunteer again next summer.