Guam Public Library celebrates 70th anniversary

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Arlene Santos, Acting Director for the Guam Public Library System, and Kyle Mandapat, chairman of the Guam Public Library board of directors, talk about the public library's 70th anniversary and the events related to the celebration of this milestone.
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The Guam Public Library System celebrated its 70th Anniversary Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Hagåtña Library.

At the event, officials unveiled the recently completed Bookmobile, A Library on Wheels; the Hagåtña Library’s new mural along Route 4; and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new children’s activity center, called Plasan Para’isu.

Arlene Santos, Acting Director for the Guam Public Library System, said: “We have a bookmobile out there that has been down since 2006. You’d be seeing it out in the community, hopefully in a few weeks. That is sponsored by the private sector — the Book Mobile foundation.”

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She added: “We also have a mural that we put on the wall that’s facing Route 4. And that’s symbolic about how this place is a place of learning, a place of getting all kinds of information anybody may want.”

With the new programs in place, Kyle Mandapat, chairman of the Guam Public Library board of directors, is inviting the community to check out the library.

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“We just really want to thank everybody for their support over the years — 70 years — is a long time to be doing everything here on Guam. We would like everybody to come on down … see the great services that we can provide … and let’s open your eyes to some brand new books,” Mandapat said.

The library also unveiled its new Guam book collection and its expanded children’s collection.

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