(JKPL) — As part of its 30th anniversary pre-celebration festivities, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library awarded on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 the People’s Choice for Best Halloween Costume for the 2nd Annual Community Book-a-Treat event that was held from October 29 to 31, 2021.

A total of 1,536 families attended the Community Book-a-Treat, with prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library. Contest votes for People’s Choice ended end of day October 31, 2021. Participants received cash prizes, books, eco-swag bag, and bragging rights! Congratulations and thank you all for your partnership and support of the JKPL. More than 174 families participated in the People’s Choice for Best Halloween Costume Contest.

First Place garnered more than 1,200 likes on JKPL’s social media (Facebook and Instagram @joetenkiyupubliclibrary) was awarded to the family of Jillian and Fina Sagun who won $100 cash prize.

Second Place garnered more than 1,001 likes on JKPL’s social media (Facebook and Instagram @joetenkiyupubliclibrary)  was awarded to the family of Pedro and Catlyn Ortiz who won $50 cash prize.

Third Place garnered more than 874 likes on JKPL’s social media (Facebook and Instagram @joetenkiyupubliclibrary) was awarded to the family of Racquel Barbecho-Servito and Bernard Servito who won $25 cash prize.

On Friday, Nov. 22, 2021, community partners were awarded for People’s Choice for Best Decorated Community Partner Table. Top vote getters, who received more than 50 likes on JKPL social media (@joetenkiyupubliclibrary), were Community Guidance Center Crisis Counseling Program and the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality. Participants received $100 worth of gift certificates.


Book-A-Treat by appointment only is indoor Trick or Treating at your friendly Joeten-Kiyu Public Library following social distancing, safety, and health measures. Patrons contact the library and “book” one appointment per household. Upon entry to the JKPL, each household is then given up to 30 minutes to go trick or treating in the library and visit the Haunted Library!  Book-a-Treat was approved by the Governor’s Covid-19 Task Force.

2021 Book-a-Treat Coordinators Systems Librarian Omar T. Manacop and Children’s Librarian Celina C. Foreman shared:

“Thank you to everyone for participating in the Community Book-a-treat and making it a great success! Thank you to our community partners: Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality, Bridge Capital, LLC, Community Guidance Center Community Crisis Counseling, Coca-Cola Beverage Co. (Micronesia), Inc., DCCA-Child Care Development Fund, DCCA-DYS Family & Youth Enhancement Program, IT&E, Marianas Writers Movement, Marianas Pacific Distributors Inc., Tri Ent.  dba, HCS, OPT, PSC, MVN, and THC, Northern Marianas College Nursing Club, NMC 4H Club, CNMI Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Commonwealth Cancer Association, Women’s Affairs Office, Office of Representative Corina Magofna, JROTC Marianas High School, JROTC Saipan Southern High School, Lions Club International D204 Reg 2 Leo Clubs, Northern Marianas Humanities Council’s Motherread/Fatherread CNMI, U.S. District Court, Department of Corrections, and the Department of Public Safety.

“Thank you to the following donors: Vampire Level Sponsors were Speaker Edmund S. Villagomez, Office of Representative Denita Yangetmai, and Office of Representative Vicente Camacho. Mummy Level Sponsors were Sen. Edith E. Deleon Guerrero, first lady Diann Tudela Torres, and the Lady Diann Torres Foundation. Witch Level Sponsor was Pacifica Insurance Underwriters, LLC.

“Thank you to the following Education Tax Credit Donors for making Book-a-Treat a success: Allied Construction Corporation, Art Ridge Village Homes, LLC,  Athlete’s Foot of Saipan, LLC, Bridge Capital, Chong’s Corporation, LLC, Dynamic Core Group Inc., E-Land Group, First Hawaiian Bank, Hong Ye Trading Co, IP&E, Islander Rent a Car, Joeten  Development, Inc.,  Oriental  Corporation,  Marianas  GeoTech  Services, LLC,  MEGAbyte of Saipan, Inc, Modern Stationary & Trading Co., Inc.,  MITA Travel, Napu Strategies, Pacific Advisory Services, PEPS International, LLC, Smartstart Learning, LLC, and Triple J. Enterprises.”

Halloween extravaganza

Community Book-a-Treat is an annual three-day free Halloween extravaganza in which families can spend some quality time trick or treating inside the library. Book-a-Treat is an innovative event especially during the Covid-19 pandemic designed for families to explore, appreciate, and learn about the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library from our vast collection of free books and library materials we have to offer to the community to the spectacular gems we have available such as the community sea aquarium, community garden, Information Technology Center, Bookmobile Outreach Services, Pacific Collection, Children of Our Homeland Center, and so much more!

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