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Kilili donates 51 boxes of books to public library

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U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan on Thursday donated 51 boxes of books to Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.

His office has been donating books to CNMI libraries and schools for 11 years now, and has brought in almost 60,000 books to the islands.

He said his office has sent out more books to the islands compared to any other member of Congress to any other part of the U.S.

The book donations are made possible by the Library of Congress Surplus Books Program, which provides books to eligible organizations and institutions, he added.

“When an author writes a book, its ISBN [International Standard Book Number] is assigned by the Library of Congress,” Sablan said. “Usually, the published authors give the Library of Congress three to five copies of their books — one stays with the library and four go into the surplus depository.”

U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan on Thursday donated 51 boxes of books to Joeten-Kiyu Public Library. Photo shows Kilili with Northern Marianas International School students and JKPL staff members.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Sablan said he or his staff members regularly go to the depository and select books that will be sent to the CNMI.

On Thursday, students from Northern Marianas International School were at JKPL to help its staff members accept the books from the congressman.

Sablan encouraged the students to read. He recounted that the first book he read was one from the Nancy Drew series when he was in third grade.

“It was a detective story/mystery-thriller. Since then, mystery-thrillers have been my genre,” he told the students.

According to JKPL technical services librarian Beth Demapan, 30 boxes of books are for high school students, 10 for middle schools, one for elementary schools, and 10 for adults.

“He donates books every year from the Library of Congress,” she said. “They help expand the book collection of our library and the Book Mobile, and replace the titles that were damaged by Typhoon Yutu,” Demapan said, as she thanked the congressman for continually supporting the public library.

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