The Coral Reef Initiative of the Coastal Resources Management turned over yesterday 102 books to the Children’s Library of the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.
CRM education and outreach coordinator Nicole Schafer said the donation of nearly $1,000 worth of children’s books is part of the agency’s celebration of Coastal Month this September.
She said the 102 books only represent the first wave of book donations from CRM as 50 other titles are on their way.
Schafer, a familiar fixture in the Children’s Library’s Read Aloud program every Saturday, said that CRM specially ordered the books from Bestseller, which patiently looked for the titles one by one from its supplier in the mainland.
All the books deal about the environment—preserving marine life, renewable energy, and other environmental issues—and cater to a wide range of grade levels, Schafer said.
It includes titles such as World Without Fish, a good read for students in grades 6 and 7. Grades 1 to 2 students will certainly get a kick out of Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration and Little Bees.
Schafer recommended that parents of students in grades 1 to 3 read books to their children as they are “a good eye-opener to what needs to be done to help save the environment.”
Children’s Library associate Erlinda Naputi thanked CRI and CRM for the donation and said the new titles are a welcome addition to the state library’s 64,000 collection.
Naputi appealed to other government agencies and private businesses to follow CRI and CRM’s lead as these types of donations help sustain the JKPL, which runs on a limited annual budget.
For more information about the CNMI state library, visit JKPL during its regular hours, Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4 pm. The library is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and holidays. Call the library at 235-7316 or 7322 or visit its website, www.cnmilibrary.com.