JKPL gearing up for 30th anniversary

Posted on Oct 18 2021


The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this Dec. 19, and there will be many events to celebrate the milestone.

JKPL director Erlinda C. Naputi said that renovations at the library—which includes replacing shelves damaged by Super Typhoon Yutu in 2018—have been ongoing, with the plan to complete these renovations before Dec. 19.

JKPL will also be launching what it calls a “Technology Mobile Express”; officially reopening the Fernando M. Benavente Memorial Library in San Antonio; upgrading the technology of the Antonio C. Atalig Memorial Library on Rota and the Tinian Public Library; and expanding the schedule of the “Bookmobile,” which makes weekly visits to various Saipan communities.

Naputi clarified that the San Antonio library has been open for some time for a soft opening, but it has not been fully launched yet. This launch, she said, will be part of festivities on Dec. 19.

JKPL’s celebration will kick off with an event in November, but Naputi said that details are “hush-hush” for now.

Currently happening this month at the library is “Book-A-Treat” from Oct. 29 to Halloween on Oct. 31. The event is a three-day, indoor, appointment-only event where children can visit the library and do indoor “trick-or-treating” in costume at the library. JKPL asks the community to call 670-235-7322 or 670-235-7315 to book an appointment.

Joshua Santos | Reporter
Joshua Santos is a Mount Carmel School AlumKnight and University of Florida Gator Grad with a passion for writing. He is one of Saipan Tribune’s newest reporters. Josh enjoys golf, chess, and playing video games with friends in his spare time. Reach out to him @rarebasedjosh on all socials.

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