JKPL celebrates 26th year

JOETEN-KIYU Public Library is inviting the community to join its 26th anniversary celebration today, Friday.

The three-hour celebration will start with a free magic show performance by illusionist Leon Etienne. There will also be live ukulele performances by Larry Lee and other players.

In addition, “we will have a healthy holiday food demonstration by the NMC-CREES Expanded Food and Nutrition Program, and a meet-and-greet event with local authors,” Beth Demapan, JKPL technical services librarian, said.

“Patrons are also encouraged to peruse our shelves and check out the latest McNaughton books.”

Moreover, JKPL will re-introduce digital talking books and Braille books.

“We are reaching out to members of the community who need these services,” JKPL Director Erlinda C. Naputi said in an earlier interview.

According to Demapan, JKPL also offers a free Motheread/Fatheread family literacy class, a ukulele class, a Japanese class and a computer class. “People can also take part in Debbie Winkfield’s Quilt ‘Coral Kingdom’ scavenger hunt, and feel free to meet her and ask her questions about her beautiful artwork,” Demapan said.

The bookmobile will have an open house during the celebration.

During the mini-carnival, that will be held outside the library, there will be a book sale, arts-and-crafts activities and a raffle draw.

Since JKPL’s inception in 1991, Demapan said members of the community have used the library for a variety of reasons including checking email, surfing the internet, job-hunting, basic computer classes, live homework help, after-school programs,   earning volunteer hours and paid work experience, learning English as a second language, learning to play the ukulele, attending club meetings and seminars, enjoying free movies, or just finding a good book.

JKPL has over 84,000 books for adults, young adults and children, and its bookmobile outreach program has reached over 34,000 patrons, Demapan said.

“JKPL is an essential part of the community. Our community has relied on JKPL to develop and initiate new informational services and educational opportunities,” she added.

The celebration on Friday, Dec. 29, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Joeten-Kiyu Public Library in Susupe. The parking lot will be closed.

JKPL opened its doors to the community on Dec. 19, 1991 through the contributions of local businessmen Jose “Joeten” Camacho Tenorio and Manuel “Kiyu” Seman Villagomez.

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