05 Nov 2018
- By Lori Lyn C. Lirio – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
THE Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, which sustained significant typhoon damage, is closed until further notice.
JKPL Director Erlinda Naputi said some parts of the library’s roof were torn off, damaging book collections.
She said the bookmobile, which they acquired through a federal grant in 2017, turned on its side and all the 500 children’s books inside were also damaged. “We still do not know the extent of the damage to the vehicle, but we will be working with Joeten Motors to see what we can save from it.”
She added, “The library will be closed until the resumption of power and water services.”
She said the damage to their roof caused ankle-deep flooding inside the library.
Only a few books got wet, Naputi said, but the Young Adult and Pacific Area collections were damaged.
She said they are now cleaning up the library, opening its doors and windows to provide ventilation.
“The staff are bringing the chairs out to put them under the sun. We are also wiping the books with a mixture of alcohol and water to prevent mold from growing and spreading.”
While the library is closed, Naputi said she will divide the staff into three groups that will go to the shelters and conduct activities with the children.
“We will also display the pre-selected collections outside the library so the people can browse through them and borrow books. We will bring out all the resources that we have.”
According to JKPL technical services librarian Beth Demapan, they will use the old bookmobile to go to the shelters and youth centers.
Demapan said the penalties for books that were not returned due to Typhoon Yutu will be waived.
“If you have books to be returned, just hold on to them,” she added.
As for their fourth annual fundraising golf tournament, she said it will be moved to April 2019. The event was initially scheduled for October. “We want to give enough time for people to recover,” Demapan added.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/108647-public-library-remains-closed