The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library was recognized as one of the two winners of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2019 Great Books Giveaway last June 24. The winners of the giveaway were announced last June 24 at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
JKPL will receive a share of more than $30,000 worth of books, audiobook, and other materials donated to YALSA by publishers and producers in 2018. This collection also includes about 3,000 newly published books, videos, compact discs, and audiocassettes; these materials cater to young adults.
This achievement marks the first time any library in the Pacific was awarded since its establishment in 2000.
Tilden Campus Library in New York was named the second winner of the giveaway.
The library joined the giveaway with over 10,000 other participants competing for the rewarded amount of library materials.
Library director Erlinda Naputi and Bookmobile supervisor Leoralynn Terlaje represented JKPL in the ALA Annual Conference.
“Receiving these books would help the JKPL adhere to its library goals of increasing literacy in the CNMI,” Naputi said.
In addition, the materials would help restore the young adult collection, primary in the Bookmobile, the JKPL branch libraries—with Tinian and Rota—and the main library. This will also increase the relevance of the collections, as it replaces many of the damaged materials.
YALSA president Todd Krueger delivered special remarks for the JKPL during a special recognition ceremony as part of the Annual ALA Conference.
JKPL was one of many buildings damaged by Super Typhoon Yutu; as the library’s ceiling was ripped and 20% of the library’s young adult collection sustained water damage, with the entire young adult collection in the Bookmobile destroyed.
JKPL serves a population of 52,263 individuals, with 42.22% of the population aged 24 years or younger.