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Join the new Teen Advisory Board at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library!

Attention all teens! Do you have ideas for programs and events at the library and want to help implement them? Do you want to influence the Young Adult collection at the library? Do you want to meet new people? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are welcome to join the free Teen Advisory Board (TAB)!

Why join the TAB? Besides making new friends, members will have the opportunity to brainstorm new and interesting programs and events for the library, as well as influence what the library purchases for the teen section! TAB members will meet regularly each month to socialize, brainstorm ideas, and eat snacks! Teens going into grades 7th-12th are invited to submit an application to join the TAB. For more information or to ask questions, please call the library at 235-READ and ask for Emily, or email her at

For the latest news and events, please visit the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s website at and like and/or follow JKPL’s Facebook page, @joeten kiyu. Follow the library on Instagram @joetenkiyu. The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s hours of operation are as follows: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm, and closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

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Joeten-Kiyu Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week™ with the theme “It’s Written in the Stars: READ!”

Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 7-13, 2018) with special events spotlighting all the great resources and activities available at the library and to encourage teens from around the area to read for their enjoyment. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, “It’s Written in the Stars: READ!

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. Teen Read Week is a great opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources the library offers. The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.

Moreover, according to Emily Van Weerdhuizen (Librarian II), strong reading skills are more critical than ever because they translate into better performance at school and better preparedness for careers. This is why it is important to take advantage of Teen Read Week and show teens that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free.

Joeten-Kiyu Public Library invites teens, parents and other concerned community members to participate in special programs and events during Teen Read Week. During the week, teens can take part in activities such as:

  • Spine Poetry: Create a poem using only book spines!
  • Want to have a say in the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library? Join our newly created Teen Advisory Board (TAB)! Call the library (235-READ) for more details. 

Parents of teens are also encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home. The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library offers these ideas:

  • Set aside time each day for the family to read
  • Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward
  • Share your favorite book with your teen
  • Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors by visiting, or use YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app
  • Host a book discussion group 
  • Build an in-home library (thrift stores and yard sales offer an inexpensive way to do that)
  • Listen to audio books on trips
  • Create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home
  • Use meal time to talk about books that you’re reading
  • Parents and caregivers can be role models by making time to read, too
  • Incorporate reading into teen chores, such as reading a recipe when cooking, reading instructions for how-to projects, reading sales fliers to develop a shopping list, and more

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually in October, the same week as Columbus Day. For more information, visit

For the latest news and events, please visit the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s website at and like and/or follow JKPL’s Facebook page, @joeten kiyu. Follow the library on Instagram @joetenkiyu. The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s hours of operation are as follows: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm, Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm, and closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

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Public Notice

The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will be CLOSED on  Saturday August 25, 2018 in celebration of CNMI Labor Day.

We will be OPEN on Monday August 27, 2018 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in lieu of Saturday’s closure.

Please call (670) 235-7322/7323 for more information.

2nd Annual Saipan Dreams Fan Fiction Contest: Deadline Extension

Notice of Competition Deadline Extension:
2nd Annual Saipan Dreams Fan Fiction Contest

Grand Prize ‐$100
1st Runner Up ‐$75
2nd Runner Up ‐$50

The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library invites public and private middle schools and high schools on Saipan, Tinian and Rota to participate in the 2nd Annual Saipan Dreams Fan Fiction Contest.

First 10 official entries will receive a $10 gift certificate to Regal Cinema on Saipan courtesy of Frances Kilili Arriola. Gift certificates will be issued on Friday, December 22, 2017 at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library during the final judging ceremony.

Deadline for submissions have been extended to Monday, December 18, 2017. Final judging will be held on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 4PM. Competition is open to ages 13 to 18 years old. Each public and private school is asked to participate and submit their entry into the competition. All entries must be submitted to

Participants are invited to submit original works of fan fiction of any form. Submission must be between 1,000 to 2,500 words.

Submissions must be typewritten using Times New Roman font (or other easily readable font) in size 12 or larger. The participant’s name, grade level, school affiliation, and contact numbers should appear on the top right corner of the page.

Entries will be initially reviewed and scored by a panel of celebrity judges who will examine form and content with a particular focus on Most detailed, Best written overall, Most imaginative, Best plot line, and Most interesting.

Top 5 CNMI entries will then recite their work during the SECOND PHASE at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library VTC Room at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2017. *(If participant from Tinian or Rota is in Top 5, participant will be asked to recite his/her work at the Tinian Public Library and Rota participant in the Antonio C. Atalig Memorial Public Library at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2017.)

During the Second phase, the top 5 participants will be scored by a second panel of judges. All participants will receive certificates of participation.

Grand Prize winner will have his/her name and school name inscribed on a perpetual trophy that will be housed at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library until next year’s competition. He/she will receive $100, plus the opportunity to work with author, Katrina Manning, to create a character in her fifth book. To be promoted during her 2018 U.S. book signings. Interview on the Humanities half hour.

1st Runner Up will receive $75 and a one-hour virtual career guidance session with author, Katrina Manning. Interview on the Humanities Half Hour.

2nd Runner Up will receive $50.

Cash prizes and individual trophies will also be awarded to Grand Prize, 1st Runner Up, and 2nd Runner Up winners. For additional information, interested schools are asked to contact or the Librarian II Rosalinda Ulloa or Technical Services Librarian Beth Demapan at 235-7315/6.

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