The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library recorded over 100,000 visits in fiscal year 2017 alone, a figure that continues to go up every year.
Acting JKPL director Beth Demapan told Saipan Tribune Tuesday that the library saw 104,224 visitors throughout fiscal year 2017: 21,806 adult borrowers, and 17,670 juvenile borrowers.
“It’s not just interest in learning and books. It’s also taking part in the free services we provide,” said Demapan. “That just shows us that we are very active in engaging our community, providing not only a great collection of books [but also] making ourselves accessible to the community.”
Even tourists come into the library to avail of library services, such as its selection of books and other literary works along with a specialized library for children.
Demapan noted that the success of the library would not be possible without both the support of the government and the private sector.
One of several programs offered by the library includes the children’s section, known as the Children’s Room or the Children of our Homeland Center.
A total of 74,166 patrons were served in the Children’s Room in fiscal year 2017, with 777 joining the Read-Aloud and craft program as well as 588 class visits. A total of 1,511 participated in the summer library program.
The Bookmobile, or JKPL’s “mini-library on wheels” has seen 57,677 patrons, issued 552 library cards, and received 4,811 library card applications.