Guam public library to celebrate 70th anniversary

HAGÅTÑA LIBRARY: The children's wing at the Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library in Hagåtña is pictured. Post file photo

The Guam Public Library System's 70th anniversary will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 26 at the Hagåtña library. 

Activities will include a look at the recently completed bookmobile called A Library on Wheels; the unveiling of the Hagåtña library's new mural along Route 4; a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new children's activity center, Plasan Para'isu; and the launch of new book collections.

The renovations at the Hagatna library were completed in 2016. The nearly $1 million cost was funded by a Department of Interior grant. The expansion included a new children’s wing, a study room, what was supposed to be an internet cafe, and an administrative office.

On Aug. 15, the Barrigada library was shut down. In September, officials announced it would be converted into an archival center for government documents from the executive, judicial and legislative branches. It is expected to open the third week of this month, according to Arlene Santos, the acting director of the Guam Public Library System.

Conference for Pacific island librarians

Meanwhile, the Guam Library Association is hosting the 29th annual conference of the Pacific Islands Association of Libraries, Archives, and Museums with the theme “Our Pacific Islands Literacy, Culture, and Preservation” from Nov. 21 to 26 at the University of Guam Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library.
 
Library associations from Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae and the Republic of the Marshall Islands will be represented. More than 100 participants are expected to attend.

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