Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Carlton County's Big Read Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anne Dugan
June 25, 2007 218-879-1938


NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES
BIG READ GRANT TO THE CARLTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
TO CELEBRATE TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Carlton County is one of nearly 200 communities in 2007
to participate in national program to promote literary reading

The NEA presents the Big Read in partnership with the
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Washington, D.C.—June 25, 2007—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that the Carlton County Historical Society is one of 117 organizations that will receive grants to support Big Read programs between September and December 2007. The Big Read, launched nationally in 2006 by the NEA, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Arts Midwest, encourages literary reading by asking communities to come together to read and discuss a single book. The organizations selected to participate in the Big Read will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to promote and carry out community-based programs. The Big Read in Carlton County will take place from mid October through late November.

“We are honored to be the only organization in Minnesota hosting a Big Read program. I think this gives us a wonderful opportunity to truly engage with each other as a community through reading” says Anne Dugan, director of the Carlton County Historical Society.

Modeled on successful “one book, one community” programs, the Big Read was created to address the national decline in literary reading as documented in the NEA’s 2004 landmark survey Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America. The survey showed that less than half the American adult population now reads literature.

To encourage community-wide participation in the project, each Big Read lead organization will collaborate with public and private partners within its community to develop a program of activities related to the selected novel.

“By joining the Big Read, these cities and towns are showing that reading is necessary to the cultural, civic, even economic fabric of their communities. They understand the benefit of having people from different generations and walks of life reading and discussing a great book,” said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. “Yes, this is about reading, but it’s also about getting people to leave their homes and offices, unplug themselves for a few hours, and enjoy the pleasures of literature with their neighbors.”

“We are pleased to announce this second round of Big Read grants. The first-round grantees created innovative and exciting partnership activities that exceeded our expectations,” said IMLS Director Anne-Imelda Radice, Ph.D. “We’re eager to support these additional communities in launching their collaborative efforts. Through the Big Read, IMLS and NEA are assisting people all across the country as they come together in community to rediscover the great American novel.”

The NEA also will provide participating communities with a library of free materials, including reader’s and teacher’s guides for each of the Big Read novels, an audio guide for each novel featuring distinguished actors and writers, an online organizer’s guide for hosting a Big Read program, Big Read publicity materials, and a comprehensive program Web site.

The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

For a complete list of communities participating in the Big Read, a list of the Big Read novels, program application guidelines, or more information on the program, please visit www.neabigread.org.

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts—both new and established—bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. For more information, please visit www.arts.gov.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: www.imls.gov.

Arts Midwest connects people throughout the Midwest and the world to meaningful arts opportunities, sharing creativity, knowledge, and understanding across boundaries. Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit www.artsmidwest.org.

Start reading To Kill a Mockingbird now

Be part of Carlton County's Big Read!
The Big Read Becomes The Largest Federal Literature Program Since The W.P.A.
National Endowment for the Arts closes in on 200 cities reading great literature with latest round of more than $1.5 million in grants
Institute of Museum and Library Services partnership helps program continue to grow
June 25, 2007
Contact:Paulette Beete, NEA202-682-5601beetep@arts.gov
Washington, DC -- The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today more than doubled the number of communities taking part in its nationwide reading program, the Big Read. One hundred seventeen cities were awarded grants to produce celebrations of American literature from September through December 2007. The Big Read, launched nationally in October 2006 by the NEA, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Arts Midwest, encourages literary reading by asking communities to come together to read and discuss one book. Mrs. Laura Bush is the honorary chair of the Big Read.
"By joining the Big Read, these cities and towns are showing that reading is necessary to the cultural, civic, even economic fabric of their communities. They understand the benefit of having people from different generations and walks of life reading and discussing a great book," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "Yes, this is about reading, but it's also about getting people to leave their homes and offices, unplug themselves for a few hours, and enjoy the pleasures of literature with their neighbors."
The organizations selected to participate in the Big Read for the second half of 2007 will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to promote and carry out community-based programs. Participating communities also receive reader's guides and teacher's guides for each novel, audio guides that also can be used as radio programming, publicity materials, an online organizer's guide for running a successful Big Read program, and access to a comprehensive Big Read Web site. Each Big Read project will include events aimed at readers and nonreaders alike such as read-a-thons, film screenings, author visits, book discussions, keynote addresses, performing arts presentations, and library and museum exhibits.
"We are pleased to announce this second round of Big Read grants. The first round grantees created innovative and exciting partnership activities that exceeded our expectations," said IMLS Director Anne-Imelda Radice, Ph.D. "We're eager to support these additional communities in launching their collaborative efforts. Through the Big Read, IMLS and NEA are assisting people all across the country as they come together in community to rediscover the great American novel."
Modeled on successful "city reads" programs, the Big Read is meant to address the national decline in literary reading as documented in the NEA's 2004 landmark survey Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America. The survey showed that less than half the American adult population now reads literature.
Communities participating in the Big Read this fall/winter will celebrate one of 12 classic American novels: Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya; Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury; My √Āntonia by Willa Cather; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett; A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers; The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck; The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan; or The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.
The next Big Read application deadline is July 31, 2007, for communities wishing to host a Big Read program between January and June 2008. Communities participating in the Big Read for the first half of 2008 can choose from among all of the above titles and three additional novels: A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, or The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick.
As previously announced, the NEA is also launching an international Big Read with Russia. Communities that choose to participate in the cross-cultural Big Read will read and discuss The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy. The application deadline is also July 31, 2007. Russian Big Read communities will celebrate To Kill a Mockingbird. The NEA and the U.S. Embassy in Russia plan to coordinate cultural exchange activities as part of Big Read Russia, including visits by Russian cultural representatives to participating Big Read communities in the U.S.
The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read for military communities is made possible by The Boeing Company. Support for the Big Read also has been provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, through a matching grant initiative administered by Community Foundations of America. The Big Read in the Pacific Northwest is supported, in part, by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
For more information on the Big Read or for application guidelines, please visit www.neabigread.org.
Please see the complete list of 2007 Cycle 2 Big Read communities.
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts -- both new and established -- bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. For more information, please visit www.arts.gov.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. For more information, please visit www.imls.gov.
Arts Midwest connects people throughout the Midwest and the world to meaningful arts opportunities, sharing creativity, knowledge, and understanding across boundaries. Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest's history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit www.artsmidwest.org.

Monday, June 25, 2007


Medallion Found

(Left to right) Brothers Ben (10) and Brad (7) Pietsch of Carlton found the medallion in the citywide scavenger hunt. They found it at Athletic Park under the volleyball net. Their prize was $100 in Chamber Bucks. Congratulations, boys!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Good news for Cloquet genealogists

We are pleased to announce that the Ancestry database is now available for people to use in the Cloquet Public Library. This service is only available at designated library terminals.

Be part of our BIG READ

We are pleased to announce that we will be participating in a national reading project through a grant to the Carlton County Historical Society for a county wide reading program. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest and is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The book we have selected for Carlton County is "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. Further information about the book may be found at http://www.neabigread.org/books/mockingbird/
We invite you to start reading the book now and look for upcoming information about how to participate in our Big Read. We are planning some exciting activities for later this fall. For more information, contact Mary at the Cloquet Public Library, 879-1531 or Anne at the Carlton County Historical Society, 879-1938 or http://www.neabigread.org/.

Monday, June 18, 2007


Wood City Riders love the Cloquet Public Library
Once again, Children’s Services at the library has received a generous donation of $400 from Cloquet’s Wood City Riders Snowmobile group. President Bill Soboleski and Board Member Steve Dahnke dropped by the library in June and personally presented the check to the children’s librarian Lisbeth Boutang. Pictured here are Boutang and Dahnke. The funds will be used for new books. Thank you once again, Wood City Riders, for continuing to make the children of Cloquet your top priority!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Check Out New Parents’ Magazine
The library recently added a new magazine, Wondertime, dedicated to helping parents nurture their children's love of learning. A blend of how and why, Wondertime inspires parents of infants through 8-year-olds to see the world through the eyes of their children, and to celebrate the wonder of this all-too-fleeting time. Wondertime mixes playful activities and everyday adventures with compelling insights into the fascinating ways children develop physically, socially, intellectually, creatively, and emotionally. The magazine gives parents permission to revel in the simple joys of raising a child, and to view the world as their children do - as an awe-inspiring place. It's an attractive publication. Check it out.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Record-breaking Summer
On the first day of our Summer Reading Challenge, 206 children registered! Kids are excited about the Go Bananas program and about the citywide “Medallion Hunt” that Community Ed is sponsoring. The first clue in the Hunt was announced after the library’s Magic Show. Now every day until the Medallion is found, a new clue will be posted at the library. The person or family who finds the Medallion receives $100 in Chamber Bucks. Chamber Bucks are dollars you can spend at Cloquet businesses that are members of the Chamber of Commerce.

Next Monday, our summer program features Carlton County’s favorite storyteller Carol Beckstrom. Carol has performed at the library in the past. She puts a lot of energy and creativity into the tales she spins. Be sure to catch the show at 2 p.m., Monday, June 18.

Going bananas with Norm Barnhart


Were you one of the many who enjoyed the magic of Norm Barnhart?
Remember to come in and check the clue.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Go Bananas @ Your Library has begun!


Join us for a summer filled with fun activities and reading.