JKPL launches Community Cultural Class

Posted on Jul 15 2020


More than 13 children and their parents took part in the Community Cultural Class that is part of the JKPL’s 2020 Summer Reading Program. (Contributed Photo)

Joeten-Kiyu Public Library launched a free Community Cultural Class to more than 13 children and their parents. As part of the JKPL’s 2020 Summer Reading Program, children had fun learning the basics on how to use the talaya with hands-on instruction sponsored by the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library and Friends of the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library. Classes were taught by licensed talayeros Donovin Lizama and Peyten Lizama.

Library director Erlinda C. Naputi expressed her appreciation as Team JKPL welcomed 13 families who attended Saturday’s class. She further stressed the importance of learning about our local culture and utilizing this opportunity to learn new skills.

For talayero Donovin Lizama, “Talaya has been an important part of my life since I was a kid, passed down from my grandfather to my father and to me. I have always enjoyed the connection we make with the ocean when we are able to feed our families from what we have caught. Especially during these pandemic times, I feel learning about the talaya and sharing this knowledge with our community is even more valuable.”

“I love the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, and I have so much fun!” stated Avalyn Mae Lizama of her experience at Saturday’s class. Also present was Eusebio Borja who brought along a unique visitor—a deer a.k.a. Juan Binadu—to the JKPL’s Community Cultural Class. “Biba, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library!” she said.

Children had fun learning the basics on how to use the talaya with hands-on instruction during Joeten-Kiyu Public’s free Community Cultural Class. (Contributed Photo)

Check out our upcoming programs and services available at the JKPL—ukulele classes, community cultural classes, Early Literacy Story Hour, Children’s Story Hour, Library Leads with Digital Skills Class, virtual learning resources, and so much more! Access free ebooks from Baker and Taylor Axis 360 or visit our website at www.cnmilib.org and check out our online card catalog. Registration to classes is required. Interested participants, please contact the JKPL by phone at 235-7315/7322/7323(READ) for more information or to register your family for these amazing learning opportunities! Our summer library hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 9:30am to 4:30pm and Friday to Saturday from 9:30am to 12noon. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.

Thank you to all the families and children for participating in our programs and visiting the Joeten-Kiyu Public library this summer! Shout out to our community partners/sponsors, ETC donors, Office of the Governor Ralph DLG. Torres, Office of the Lt. Governor Arnold I. Palacios, Office of the Mayor of Rota, Office of the Mayor of Tinian and Aguigan, Saipan Mayor’s Office, Lady Diann Torres Foundation (for the amazing Elmo and Cookie Monster costumes), MARPAC for the Children’s Library decor, AmeriCorps volunteers, Friends of the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, First Book Marketplace, CNMI Public School System, All Star Sporting Goods, Achugao Services, LLC, American Library Association, Anaks Holdings, LLC, AOK, LLC, Athlete’s Foot of Saipan, Bridge Capital, LLC, CNMI Books and Resource Center, CNMI Public School System, Excelsior Marianas, LLC, FT Condo, LLC, Google, Public Library Association, Joeten Development INC., M.S. Villagomez, Inc., Marianas Acquisition dba IP&E, Coconut Capital, LLC, NMI Museum of History and Culture, Proa, LLC, Seven Leaves, LLC, Westview Property, LLC, Northern Marianas Humanities Council’s Motheread/Fatheread CNMI, Commonwealth Library Council, and our hardworking Team Joeten-Kiyu Public Library. Programs and activities are made possible by generous Educational Tax Credit donors, Friends of the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, community partners, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services IMLS Grant # LSTA LS-00-19-0052-19, IMLS Grant # LSTA LS-01-19-0058-19, IMLS Grant# LSTA LS-246158-OLS-20, and IMLS Grant# LSTA LS-246573-OLS-20.

This project was made possible by support from the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, a non-profit private corporation with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal CARES Act. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this grant opportunity do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Community members, businesses and government agencies who would like to sponsor the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s Summer Reading Program are encouraged to contact the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library at (670) 235-7315, 7322, or 7323 (READ). (PR)

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