P R O G R A M H I G H L I G H T S
|* Toddler Story Telling Time||* Early Intervention Program|
|* Saturday Story Hour, Arts & Crafts||* Summer Reading Program|
|* 4-Paws and a Tale||* After-School Drop In|
|* Mousin’ Around Computer Class||* Volunteer Program|
|* Read Across America – Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration||* Adult Programs|
|* National & Local Library Events||* Bookmobile Services|
|* Library Tours||* Sister Libraries|
|* Outreach Presentations||* Collaboration with Community Based Organizations|
|* Press Release|
(0 – 12 years of age)
Toddler Story Telling Time (0-4 yrs)
Our GPLS Toddler Story Telling Time is a fun and educational program as we read, sing and dance along with them. Interaction is very important in there early years until the age of six, which are critical for a child’s physical, social emotional and cognitive development. With the assistance from their parents or guardians, the toddlers are able to even participate in arts and crafts with both indoor & outdoor activities. This program is a coordinated effort between the Early Intervention Division under the Department of Education and the Guam Public Library System.
Hagatna Library – Every Wednesday, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Merizo and Yona branches – Every Monday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Agat, Barrigada & Dededo – Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Early Intervention (0-4 yrs)
In collaboration with the division of Early Intervention under the Department of Education and GPLS,
the Hagatna library, along with all five branch libraries, serves as a venue for the parents, their children and the staff of the Early Intervention program to meet and interact with each other. We have developed a partnership to promote literacy, sing songs and perform puppet shows for these preschoolers. Activities take place both indoor and outdoor the library. This program is also open to other children visiting the library.
Saturday Story Hour, Arts & Crafts (0-12yrs)
This program is one of our longest running literacy programs held every Saturday throughout the year. Stories are read and songs are sung to the young group. Children and parents participate in arts and crafts activities which are done both inside & outside the library based on the theme for each week. Because Guam has a diverse population, we have English Language Learners (ESL) that take-part in the program. Not only do we have guest readers that involved in the Saturday Story Hour, but we also have special visits from authors such as Kirby Larson, Sherry Dixon & Floyd Cooper. We have partnered with the following public and private sectors as they take part in this program in serving our patrons with much needed information; The Guam International Reading Association, Sunshine Lions Club, The University of Guam, Guam Community College, Guam Trades Academy, The Department of Parks & Recreation, The Guam Fire Department, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Child Protective Services & Healing Hearts, which are both a division of the Department of Public Health, Guam Department of Education, Pacific Islands Bi-Lingual Bi-Cultural Association, Guam International Reading Association, Cultural Groups such as CAHA, PA’A I TaTao Tano, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Mental Health.
Hagatna Library – Every Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Summer Reading Program (0-12yrs)
GPLS held its Summer Reading Program (SRP) with a kick-off registration on June 8th, 2013 thru July 23rd, 2013. The theme was “Dig into Reading”. The goal was to read 10,000 books during the six-week period. Each participant was treated to a Wrap up Celebration Party on the last day with prizes awarded in three different age categories with the most read books.
Every year since 2011, we share our Summer Reading Program with our Sister Library Antwerp Sunshine Public Library in Michigan by exchanging post cards, pictures and stories.
4-Paws and a Tale (0-12yrs)
This is a unique program in itself since its implementation in November 2011. In collaboration with Guam Animals in Need (GAIN) and GPLS, children can read to a pet. A highly trained dog is brought into the library in which the children can read and sit next to the animal. The goal and objective of this program is to help the child develop their self-esteem. Most are often self-conscious when reading out loud in front of other classmates. By sitting down and reading next to a dog, the child relaxes, and focuses on the reading. Not all children are comfortable around dogs, but as they interact with them, they slowly overcome the fear and hopefully develop a better understanding of a dog. The major benefit of this program is improving the child’s skill of reading.
After-School Drop In (6-14yrs)
Our After-School Program introduces students to the many library resources and materials that are available, free of charge, to help them with school assignments or even to just read a book. Other various game and activities are also set up to include trivia questions, word search, crosswords and board games.
Hagatna Library – Every Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Merizo and Yona branches – Every Monday and Wednesday, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Agat, Barrigada & Dededo – Every Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Mousin’ Around Computer Class (6-12yrs)
Program registration began May 20th thru May 31st, 2013. A total of 48 children signed up for the class which kicked off on June 10th and lasted until the end of August 1st, 2013. The lesson plan included teaching basic computer skills in Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Internet Surfing & Safety.
Classes are FREE of charge and are broken down to one (1) week sessions (Monday – Thursday) and are limited to 8 participants. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian per session. At the end of each session, a certificate of presentation is awarded to the child that they have completed the course.
Volunteer Program (13-Adult yrs)
The Guam Public Library System has assistance from volunteers that are students of the University of Guam, the Guam Community College, and Public and Private Middle and High School students. GPLS has also partnered with the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Agency (GHURA) and the Department of Public Health & Social Services (DPHSS) for adult volunteers. Each volunteer must complete the application process. Volunteers assist the Library Technician Supervisor and technicians with the daily operations of the library.
Volunteering is a great way for them to learn what goes on in a library. They not only gain valuable insight of a library organization, but also gain the experience of a workplace.
Read Across America
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration
National Education Association (NEA)
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration “Read Across America”
Read – Across America is celebrated nationally on the first Saturday in March together with Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. GPLS held this event on March 1, 2014 with all sorts of Dr. Seuss activities taking place. Various arts and crafts stations were set up throughout the library. Ms. Marjorie Raess, a professor from the Early Childhood Division at the University of Guam was our guest reader for the day. The participants were treated to a shadow puppet show, sing-a-long songs and even a parade as they got to display their favorite PJs or “wackiest” hairdo. The event concluded with a birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss, complete with “green eggs and ham”, and of course his birthday cake too! The children sang Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss and were able to take pictures with “Cat in the Hat,” a main character in his books.
This event was a huge participation from children as young as infants to thirteen years of age. Parents and guardians were also present for this event with their children.
Saint Dominic’s Senior Home Care Outreach
St. Dominic’s is our only Senior Citizen Nursing home facility on island. Visits are made twice a month. Simple arts and craft activities and dancing assist the elderly with their motor and thinking skills. The little thinking we do with these senior citizens goes a long way as we interact with these folks.
Karidat Program under the Direction of Catholic Social Services.
A Residential and Support Services for Adults with Significant Disabilities.
The adults under the care of this program, along with the assistance from their aide or caseworker, visit the Hagatna library twice a month as they take part in an arts and crafts activity. An ADA computer station is available should the adults under this program want to use it. For persons with disabilities, computers open up a whole new world to them. Through the computer and over the internet, disabilities melt away to reveal the person’s true gifts and talents.
Community Habilitation Program (CHP) under the Direction of Catholic Social Services.
An independent and living skills training and day program for individuals, age 18 and over, with severe disabilities.
Visits from this group take place two times a month. They participate in an arts and crafts activity, are able to check out books and utilize the ADA computer station.
Manamko’ Computer Training (Senior Citizens or the Elderly)
One of our most popular programs for the adults is our computer training classes. GPLS offers a one-week basic computer training course to educate our elderly on how to use a computer. They get to learn how to surf the internet, Microsoft Word and email. Classes take place at the Hagatna Library. At the end of each session, a presentation of certificates is awarded to the participant that they have completed the course.
Manåmko’ Library Tour (Senior Citizens or the Elderly)
GPLS held a tour for one of our elderly group in our village community. With this tour, they had the pleasure of watching a slide-show presentation on Guam’s history and visiting our reference section of the library on old photographs and newspaper articles.
NATIONAL and LOCAL LIBRARY EVENTS
National Library Week
National Library Week was celebrated on April 13th – 19th , 2014. The activities included a proclamation signing by the Governor of Guam declaring the event, special guest story tellers during the weekly programs. Employees of the library, volunteers and corporate sponsors such as the Guam International Reading Association for bringing in authors, South Pacific Petroleum Corporation (SPPC) & Matson who maintain and provide fuel services for our Bookmobile were also honored with an awards and certificate presentation.
National Bookmobile Day
Every year on April 16th, libraries across the nation celebrate Bookmobile day in celebration of the bookmobiles and the dedicated staff that provide vital library services in their communities. National Bookmobile Day is an opportunity for patrons to express their support for these important mobile institutions. Bookmobile Day is also celebrated in conjunction with National Library Week.
National Library Workers Day
It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and patrons to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. This day is also celebrated in conjunction with National Library Week.
GPLS Annual Book Sale
Our 8th Annual Book Sale was held on April 5, 2014. This book sale provides another opportunity for the library to bring its awareness into the community. Books, videos, cassette tapes & CDs sold are donated items from the community. Funds raised benefit the library.
GPLS provides once a year, the opportunity to allow patrons to have their fines forgiven, which is amnesty Month! Beginning in April until the end of the month, anyone with a late book or a fine can find forgiveness at the library. It doesn’t matter how old it is, we’ll waive it. Preexisting fines and recent fines are both covered by the declaration of amnesty. This is also a great way for patrons to return back to the library in utilizing our services.
Library Card Sign-Up Month
September is Library Card Sign-up month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents and caregivers that a library card is the smartest card you can own.
A press release is sent out to all media and newspaper print encouraging the public to sign up for this FREE card.
The Bookmobile is a vital part of the Guam Public Library System (GPLS), for it services many remote locations throughout the island. Our Bookmobile also makes scheduled stops to our village community centers, churches, hospital, daycares and low cost housing subdivisions (Guam Housing and Urban Redevelopment Authority ~ GHURA) around the island. The technician assigned to the bookmobile will have a short reading session and at times a simple activity for the children. Because there are a few public elementary schools that do not have a library, a visit from the bookmobile is requested at their school. A tour is conducted and the kids are able to sign up for a library card and begin checking out books. We also receive special requests from the schools for a visit from the “Cat in the Hat” or “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” J.M. Guerrero and Liguan Terrace, which are both elementary schools has a diverse population of English Language Learners (ESL) that avail of the bookmobile services.
Reading at the Children’s Ward at the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH)
We have regularly scheduled bookmobile stops at our only civilian hospital. A reading session is held in the play room with the children present. For those kids that are not able to leave their room for the reading, we pay a special visit to them in their room. The “Cat in the Hat” along with “Clifford” ride along for this visit.
Reading at Day-Care Facilities
We have regularly scheduled bookmobile stops at several of our daycare facilities on the island. The library technician would read a story or two to the kids and at time even a simple arts & craft activity. Daycare kids are also treated to a special visit from the “Cat in the Hat” or “Clifford the Big Red Dog.”
SUNSATIONAL SUMMER CAMP BOOKMOBILE VISITS
For the past two years, we have partnered with one of our village community, the Sinajana Community Center, as they hold each year, their “Sun-Sational Summer Camp”. At the beginning of the camp session, we promote by having the kids sign up for their very own library card. Once completed, the bookmobile pays a visit every week to the camp program. Campers are also treated to guest appearances from “Cat in the Hat” and “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” The bookmobile visit is incorporated into their program schedule of activities for the entire summer.
Guam Housing and Urban Redevelopment Authority (GHURA)
The Bookmobile makes regularly scheduled at the GHURA housing subdivision, which is a housing area for low and moderate families. A story or two is read to the children visiting the bookmobile along with a simple craft activity.
Library tours are offered at the Main Library or any of the five (5) branches. Our library tour is a way for GPLS to showcase what the library has to offer with its many resources. For those younger age groups that tour our facility, a reading session and arts & crafts activity is planned for them. Library tours are scheduled upon request.
GPLS is happy to announce that we have developed a relationship and are now sister libraries with the Antwerp Sunshine Library in Mattawan, Michigan and the O’Fallon Public Library located in Illinois. We exchange with our sister libraries postcards, pictures, stories about our library and where we live.
Several outreach presentations took place for organizations such as Rotary Club of Guam Sunrise, services to our visually impaired teachers from the Department of Education (DOE), Career Day at several of our island high schools and a Bookmobile presentation at the 2013 Pacific Islands Association of Libraries, Archives and Museums (PIALA).
COLLABORATION WITH COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS (CBO’s)
Our community-based outreach seeks to move libraries beyond their traditional institutional boundaries to improve both access to and effectiveness of health, educational, technology, and historical information. They provide our patrons with much needed information to educate and promote public awareness. This is done with agencies within our local government as well as businesses in the private sector and non-profit organizations such as the following….
- Office of the Governor
- Department of Parks & Recreation
- Guam Preservation Trust
- Guam Fire Department
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Mental Health
- Superior Court of Guam
- Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities (DISID)
- Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Marine Club of High School Students)
- Sinajana Mayor’s Office
Education & Higher Learning Institution
- University of Guam (UOG’s) Early Childhood Education Department
- Guam Community College
- Guam Trades Academy
- Department of Education High Schools
- George Washington High School Marine Mania Class
- Guam Community College Eco-Warriors
- St. John’s Private School
Non – Profit Organizations
- Guam Bar Association
- Sunshine Lions Club
- Rotary Club of Guam Sunrise
- Healthy Child Healthy Moms
- Healing Hearts
- Child Protective Services
- Guam International Reading Association
- Pacific Islands Bi-Lingual Bi-Cultural Association
- Cultural Groups such as CAHA (Council on the Arts & Humanities Agency)
- PA’A I TaTao Tano
- Guam Public Broadcasting System (PBS)
- Guam Animals In Need (GAIN)
Press Releases are done for all GPLS events. Press releases provide exposure and the potential for the public to know of our library.