P R O G R A M    H I G H L I G H T S

Toddler Story Telling Time (0 - 5 yrs)

Toddler Story Telling Time is packed with over an hour of reading, singing, dancing and arts & crafts.  Early literacy and language development begins in the first three years of life.  Children learn to talk, read and write through social literacy experiences.  Story time provides fun and rich experiences that build a love of books, libraries and reading that will stay.

Surveys are conducted semi-annually

Program Days:

Hagatna Library – Every Wednesday, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Agat & Dededo – Every Tuesday, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Barrigada Branch – Every Thursday, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Merizo Branch – Every Monday, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Yona Branch – Every Wednesday, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Saturday Story Hour, Arts & Crafts (0 - 12 yrs)

This program is one of our longest running literacy programs held every Saturday throughout the year.  There is reading, singing, dancing and arts & crafts.  Early literacy and language development begins in the first three years of life.  Children learn to talk, read and write through social literacy experiences.  Development and learning result from interaction and socializing with their peers and older children. Story time provides fun and rich experiences that build a love of books, libraries and reading that will stay. 

Surveys are conducted semi-annually.

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Program Dates:

Hagatna Library – Every Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

4-Paws and a Tale

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.

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Mousin' Around Computer Class

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.

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Read Across America - Dr. Seuss' Birthday Celebration

Read Across America is celebrated nationally on the first Saturday in March together with Dr. Seuss’ Birthday.  Participants are treated to a variety of activities; arts & crafts stations, sing-a-long songs, and a parade displaying their favorite PJs and wackiest outfits. The event concludes with a birthday celebration singing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss, pictures with the Cat in the Hat (a main character in his books), a birthday cake, green eggs and ham, and other treats too!

National & 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

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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.

Amnesty Month

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.

Library Tours

Library tours are offered at the Main Library or any of the five (5) branches.  A reading session and an arts & crafts activity are included in the tour.  The tour provides a unique experience of the Library and its resources. 

Library tours are scheduled upon request.

Outreach Presentations

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).

Press Release

Press Releases are done for all GPLS events.  Press releases provide exposure and the potential for the public to know of our library.

Early Intervention Program (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.

Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program is held during the months when most children are on summer vacation.  As a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), GPLS offers a high-quality summer library program with a different theme each year. The program is held over a six-week period.  A wrap-up party concludes the program and all participants are awarded.  The goal is to motivate children to read even during the summer break, encourage regular use of the library & attract new users to the library.

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After School Drop-In (6 - 14 yrs)

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.  Board games and video games are also available for their use.  GPLS aims in providing support with its resources, and to provide a safe, structured environment.

Surveys are conducted semi-annually.

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Program Dates:

Hagatna Library – Every Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Agat & Dededo – Every Tuesday, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Barrigada Branch – Every Thursday, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Merizo Branch – Every Monday, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Yona Branch – Every Wednesday, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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 also partners 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. 

Their role is to assist the Library Technician Supervisor and technicians with the daily operations of the library. Volunteers of all ages, abilities and experience can gain valuable experience and learn new skills.  In return, this offers the chance for them to make a positive difference in their community.

Adult Programs

Saint Dominic’s Senior Home Care Outreach

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St. Dominic’s is our only Senior Citizen Nursing home facility on island.  Visits are made twice a month.  Activities include arts & crafts, dancing and simply just connecting with them.  To combat the negative effects of isolation, an active social life allows them to experience an array of benefits that help to enhance their overall well-being.

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Karidat Program under the Direction of Catholic Social Services.

A Residential and Support Services for Adults with Significant Disabilities.

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The adults under the care of this program, along with the assistance from their aide or caseworker, visit the Hagatna library twice a month to take part in an arts and crafts activity, utilizing the assistive technology, library materials and auxiliary devices.    The goal is to ensure that our resources and services meet their needs of individuals with disabilities, as GPLS plays a significant role by facilitating their full participation in society.

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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.

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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)

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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.

Bookmobile Services


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.”



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.

Sister Libraries

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.

Collaboration with Community Based Organizations

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….

Government Agencies

  • 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)