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  • At the Library: Library has many friends, and a sale

    Keiko Satomi|Sep 22, 2023

    The Cloquet Public Library is a City of Cloquet department and is funded by the tax dollars of our community members. We currently have 13 library staff members running the library. We are also supported by many more people behind the scenes, including the people who make up the Friends of the Cloquet Public Library. The Friends of the Library supports many areas, including coordinating library book sales, assisting library staff with shelving books, taking care of the outdoor garden areas,... Full story

  • At The Library: Cloquet Library News

    Keiko Satomi|Aug 25, 2023

    Beginning Friday, Sept. 1, the Cloquet Public Library will implement “Free from Fines,” eliminating overdue fines. This move aligns with the library’s mission and strategic plan. One of our main goals is to offer an open and welcoming environment without barriers, equally accessible to everyone in the community. Overdue fines are meant to encourage patrons to return borrowed materials on time. We are aware that fines are also punitive and act as a barrier, especially for those who benefit most...

  • At The Library: Cloquet library news

    Keiko Satomi|Aug 11, 2023

    The Cloquet Public Library has been partnering with CareerForce for its pilot program, called CareerForce Corner, since 2022. Many people looking for work come to the library, and our staff has been helping them with their job search and application process. We are aware that those patrons would appreciate more thorough and comprehensive assistance. CareerForce offers job search information, employment over age 50 workshops, career exploration, resume help, and interview practice for job seekers...

  • At the library: Cloquet Library news

    Keiko Satomi|Jul 28, 2023

    The Cloquet Public Library has been hosting the Barks & Books program every second Thursday of the month, 4-5:10 p.m., since January. When our children's librarian, Morgan Reardon, started working at the library last fall, she was eager to demonstrate her programming ideas. She heard of other libraries offering therapy dog programs with great success. Reading with therapy dogs has been proven to encourage positive relationships with reading. On Thursday, July 13, two therapy dogs, Tiara and... Full story

  • At the library: Space camp set for takeoff

    Keiko Satomi|Jul 14, 2023

    Our Teen Services librarian, Justin Dinger, first hosted Space Camp in 2019. He saw a solicitation from NASA seeking sites to host summer classes for middle- and high school students. As a kid, Justin’s dream was to become an astronaut. He states that his math skills are not the best, so he settled for the second-best job in the world as a librarian. That first year, Justin traveled to Ohio for training and to meet some of the scientists and engineers working on real-world NASA projects. This y...

  • At The Library: Library supports intellectual freedom, Pride Month

    Keiko Satomi|Jun 23, 2023

    A few months ago, one of our librarians noticed that some of our children's books were taken off a display and randomly placed in the different areas of the children's bookshelves. Sometimes they were placed backwards so we couldn't see the spine labels or hidden behind other books. Other times they were replaced with children's bibles. Those books were exclusively Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ (LGBTQ+-inclusive titles.) June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Pride is a joyful celebration of... Full story

  • At The Library: Huskies baseball team coming to the library

    Keiko Satomi|Jun 9, 2023

    The partnership between the Duluth Huskies and the Cloquet Public Library for our summer event “Knock Summer Reading Out of the Park!” began in 2017, and we are excited to resume it this summer after the pandemic. The event will be held on Monday, June 12, at 10:30 am at the Library. Duluth Huskies baseball players will be reading stories, leading stretches, and answering questions. Each child who attends the event will leave with a free book with player autographs. Every child who reg... Full story

  • Big summer plans at library

    Keiko Satomi|May 26, 2023

    The 2023 summer reading program will begin on Thursday, June 1, and go through Friday, August 18, at the Cloquet Public Library. This year’s theme is “Find Your Voice!” Our voices have power. We use our voices to share stories, express ourselves, and spark change. Our voices include not only the sounds we make, but the words we write, the art we create, the movements we perform, and the actions we take each day to impact our world. Morgan Reardon, our new children’s librarian, has been working... Full story

  • At The Library: Libraries put 'Little House' series in new light

    Keiko Satomi|Nov 22, 2019

    I grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" series in Japan. For me, a young girl growing up in a small country surrounded by oceans, the series was a window into a pioneer family's life on a vast continent I had never seen before. I was particularly fond of all the sensory details (from blowing up the hog's bladder like a little balloon to making molasses candies on the snow) as well as the feistiness of Laura's character, a quality we shared. The "Little House"... Full story

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