JKPL waives late fees, damage fees


The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library would be waiving late and damage fees for material affected by Super Typhoon Yutu. The library is now on island power starting yesterday, resulting in changes to its operation hours starting today.

Late fees are waived for all library material due on days that the library was closed because of Yutu.

“For patrons who have library materials that were damaged during Super Typhoon Yutu they must provide a list of all materials and must sign an affidavit of damage in order to be free of fines,” JKPL technical services librarian Beth Demapan told Saipan Tribune, adding that a library card number and name or book barcode must be provided with the affidavit of damage.

Demapan noted that the library became operational last Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.

It was connected to the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. lines yesterday.

As of today, temporary hours of library operations start from 9am to 5pm, from Tuesday to Friday. The library is also open from 9am to 3:30pm on Saturdays.

“With our community needs at the forefront, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library has worked hard to ensure that access to services is available,” Demapan said, adding that the community is welcome to avail of their free computer services in filing for disaster assistance benefits such as those offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We have a clean facility with air-conditioning and restrooms available. …We have friendly staff on hand to assist and search for [a] book,” she said. “We ask the community for your understanding and cooperation as we undergo repairs.”

She gave thanks to the Department of Corrections for exterior cleanup; Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC for volunteers and assistance with indoor and outdoor cleanup; Northern Marianas Humanities Council’s CNMI Motheread/Fatheread program; the Department of Fish and Wildlife; Saipan Mayor’s Office; Department of Public Works; Governor’s Office; and many more.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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