Celebrate National Library Week: April 19-25

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(JKPL) — First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April. The original theme for our 2020 National Library Week, “Find Your Place at the Library,” was chosen months ago before the emergence of a global pandemic would force libraries to close their buildings. In response to our rapidly-changing times, our national theme was revised to “Find the Library at Your Place” to bring attention to we are open virtually, offering the electronic services and digital content our community needs now more than ever.

This week, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library invites all community members to find the library at their place by visiting our website and like/follow the Joeten- Kiyu Public Library on Facebook and Instagram @joetenkiyupubliclibrary to access our host of virtual services and resources. While the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s physical spaces may be temporarily closed due to Covid-19, the public can access information from our online presence and discover free e-books, workout classes, health and wellness information, public notices, educational resources and so much more — all from home.

In times of crisis, libraries respond to their community’s needs in innovative and inspiring ways. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, libraries of all types are continuing to make a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources, including virtual homework help, online crafting and DIY sessions as well as information about keeping your family well and safe. At the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, there are virtual programs and contests that will be made available to the public in celebration of National Library Week and School Library Month beginning April 19, 2020 such as: access to free e-books and audio books, virtual storytime, local celebrity read alouds, bedtime storytime, online cultural corner, sign up for a Motheread/Fatheread CNMI class for the family, Teen Trivia contests, Find the Library at Your Place Challenge, I Love Joeten-Kiyu Public Library Photo Contest, I Love the Bookmobile Photo Contest, “Why I Love the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library” Writing Contest, “Why I Love the Bookmobile” Writing Contest, free book giveaways, subscribe to our library e-newsletter, and so much more!
April 19-25, 2020 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s website, by following us on social media and using the hashtag #joetenkiyupubliclibrary #ilovejoetenkiyupubliclibrary #ilovebookmobile #findthelibraryatyourplacejkplchallenge #NationalLibraryWeek #jkplteen #ilovelibraries

Please follow Joeten-Kiyu Public Library social media as we celebrate National Library
Week and celebrate with us virtually on the following days:

• Sunday, April 19: Sunday Prayers for libraries and library workers. Follow
@dioceseofchalankanoa for Sunday Mass 7 a.m./9 a.m./11 a.m./5 p.m.

• Monday, April 20: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten
Frequently Challenged Books of 2019.

• Tuesday, April 21: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.

• Wednesday, April 22: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.

• Thursday, April 23: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to support libraries.

For a complete schedule of National Library Week virtual programs and Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s compilation of Free Online Resources, please visit our Facebook page @joetenkiyupubliclibrary or its website at

The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library and the Friends of the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library are sponsoring the following community contests:

Find the Library @ Your Place Challenge: April 19 to May 19. It is open to all residents in the CNMI. Follow the steps and win big prizes!

1) Capture a photo or 30 sec or 60 sec video of yourself reading (book, newspaper, e-book, tablet) at your place (home, bedroom, car, office) and/or with your Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, Tinian Public Library, or Antonio C. Atalig Memorial Public Library card

2) Follow @joetenkiyupubliclibrary

3. Like the Find the Library at Your Place Challenge post on Joeten-Kiyu Public
Library Instagram.

4. Share this post to your story.

5. Upload a photo or 30 sec or 60 sec video to your feed and tag us
#findthelibraryatyourplacejkplchallenge #joetenkiyupubliclibrary
#ilovejoetenkiyupubliclibrary #nationallibraryweek in your caption.

The top three participants who receive the most likes will receive fabulous prizes!

I Love Joeten-Kiyu Public Library and I Love Bookmobile Photo Contest. April 19 to May 19, 2020. Upload a photo taken of you either at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, Bookmobile, Tinian Public Library, or Rota Public Library participating in any of our library programs or events (ex. Summer Reading Program, National Library Week, Trunk or Treat, Easter Egg Hunt, Anniversary, Christmas Village Booth, Magic Camp, etc.) prior to closure and win fabulous prizes!

Contest Rules:

1) Like Joeten-Kiyu Public Library facebook page @joetenkiyupubliclibrary.

2) Upload photo onto Joeten-Kiyu Public Library facebook page
@joetenkiyupubliclibrary and Instagram

3) Or Upload your photo onto Joeten-Kiyu Public Library Instagram and tag us
#ilovejoetenkiyupubliclibrary #ilovebookmobile #nationallibraryweek

4) Top 10 most liked entries will receive a fabulous prize!

1st Annual “Why I Love the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library” and “Why I Love the Bookmobile” Writing Contests. Simply tell us why you love us and enter to win! We encourage students from our Saipan elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools to submit an original piece of writing based on the topic: “Why I Love the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.” Writings may be in any genre of writing, including personal short story, essay or poem, with a minimum of 50 words. Submissions will be accepted online from April 19 to May 19, 2020.

All submissions will be reviewed and cash prizes awarded on June 1, 2020, within the following three age categories:
• Elementary 1st grade-5th grade
• Middle School 6th grade-8th grade
• High School 9th grade- 12th grade

Three cash prizes will be awarded in the Elementary, Middle, and High School category, as follows:

• 1st place: $30
• 2nd place: $20
• 3rd place: $10

Any questions about the writing contest may be directed to the Friends of the Joeten- Kiyu Public Library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the latest news and events, visit the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s website at and like and/or follow JKPL’s Facebook page and Instagram,

As per Executive Order No. 2020-06 to reduce the spread of coronavirus on Saipan, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library and the Bookmobile Outreach Services will be closed until further notice in order to protect the health and safety of our community and staff. All library materials due during our closure will be waived. All onsite library programs and events will be canceled/postponed until further notice. The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library recommends that patrons who have overdue materials to hold onto such materials until such time as the closure is lifted. Should you have any questions, contact the library via social media or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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