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Public library ends session one of ‘Fizz Boom Read’

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With over 180 children registered, an average of 130 attended session one of the “Fizz Boom Read” 2014 Collaborative Reading Program from June 24 to July 8 at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.

Children’s activities included “Read Aloud and Crafts” on Tuesdays, Computer Day on Wednesday, Special Guest Day on Thursday, and Friday Movie Day and Reading Challenge where children who read at least 10 books receive an incentive from one of the program’s sponsors.

Computer research skills were honed as children played scavenger hunts on subscription database EBSCO. Children were also treated to guests like Lulu the Canario and Primo the Fish who gave the children gifts courtesy of the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality.

Maria Onni of the Division of Fish and Wildlife taught the children of the importance of preventing brown tree snakes from multiplying on island. Onni presented children with an actual snake and allowed them to touch it.

Anne Yamada read Brown Bear, Brown, What Do You See? by Bill Martin to the children on top of teaching them signs for the different colors and the alphabet.

The children took a short field trip to the Guma Hustisia and toured the courthouse, where they met Associate Judge Joseph Camacho, asked him questions, and touched his gavel. They also got to sit in on live court proceedings.

The children received free food during the summer program’s last week, courtesy of PSS’ Food and Nutrition Program.

JKPL wants to reach out to children ages 6-12 who weren’t able to attend the program at the library, and JKPL will bring the program closer to children who weren’t able to attend the program at the library due to the location. They are reaching out to children ages 6-12.

The following are the dates and locations.

Session 2: Koblerville Youth Center, July 22- July 25, 1pm – 3:30pm

Session 3: Garapan Youth Center, July 29 – Aug. 1; 1pm – 3:30pm

Session 4: Tanapag Youth Center, Aug. 5 – Aug. 8, 1pm – 3:30pm

Session 5: Kagman Youth Center, Aug. 12 – Aug. 14, 1pm – 3:30pm

Session 6: Teen Read Program, JKPL, Aug. 12 – Aug. 22

A child is limited to one session and must have a valid JKPL library card with no pending fees and or fines.

This year’s sponsors are 360 Revolving Restaurant, KSPN 2 News Crew, Flame Tree TV, Bestseller Bookstore, Bridge Capitol, Chong’s Corp., Coca Cola, D&Q, FSM Bank, Fiesta Resort and Spa Saipan, Hardt Eye Clinic, Horizons Inc., Hyatt Regency Saipan, Island Apparel, JCT Enterprises, JETS Group of Companies, LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort, Liberty Plaza, Lollipops, MegaByte, Modern Stationary, National Office Supply, Pacific Subsea, TransAmerica, Saipan World Resort, DPW, CNMI Humanities Motheread Program, SDA Clinic, Anna Yamada, Beth Demapan, Brian Manabat, Lori Serna, PSS- Food and Nutrition Program, BECQ, AmeriCorps volunteers, student volunteers, and JKPL.

For more information, visit the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library in Susupe or call 235-7316 or 235-7322-23, or fax 235-7550.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at dennis_chan@saipantribune.com.

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