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JKPL to cut library hours starting July 1

THE Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will take part in the CNMI-wide austerity measures by cutting library hours, starting July 1.

Currently, the library is open from Tuesday to Saturday.

JKPL Director Erlinda Naputi on Tuesday issued a new schedule:

“Effective, Monday, July 1, 2019, the summer hours at the library will be as follows: Tuesday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on austerity Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and holidays.”

JKPL and the Bookmobile Outreach Services will be closed on July 6, 2019, July 20, 2019, Aug. 3, 2019, Aug. 17, 2019, Aug. 31, 2019, Sept. 14, 2019, and Sept. 28, 2019.

In a phone interview, JKPL administrative assistant Victoria Cabrera said library programs and events held every Saturday will also be affected by the government’s austerity measures.

She said the reduction of library hours also means a pay cut for the employees.

“That is why Ms. Naputi suggested to us to use the three days off to find a part-time job. Some of the staff did that and applied for part-time jobs.”

Aside from the reduction of work and library hours, JKPL is implementing other austerity measures such as reducing printing materials and conserving power use.

Cabrera said the library is now charging for the use of its video teleconference room. “It used to be free, but now that we are on austerity we are charging a fee of $25 an hour.”

In addition, she said, the library is charging for internet use as well as the use of its projector, software and hardware in the VTC room.

The library, moreover, is aggressively collecting late fees for books not returned on time, Cabrera added.