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JKPL celebrates 26-year milestone


The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will be celebrating its 26 years of service this year.

First established in 1991, the library has a lot of events planned leading to the library’s celebration on Dec. 16.

On Tuesday, the library unveiled 12 oil paintings that were created by Eiji Itakura, who was raised on Saipan during the Sugar King era.

According to JKPL director Erlinda Naputi, Itakura created the paintings to preserve his childhood memory and the history that Japan shares with the Commonwealth. He painted them over a span of 30 and will donate them to the CNMI Museum where locals and tourists can get a picture of how the island was liked before World War II.

Itakura’s paintings will be displayed at the library throughout December.

The library will also be hosting a free magic camp with Leon Etienne from Dec. 27 to 29 and the public is invited to join.

Local artists and writers are also invited to showcase their work.

For the following year, she hopes to further expand the library’s services and to bring back the brel books for the visually impaired.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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