Thursday, May 29, 2008

Edible Island gives a sneak peak at summer

Come and see our Edible Island display. This year our summer reading theme is "Look What's Cookin' at the Library." Inspired by that theme, we've created an edible island for your viewing pleasure. See how many items you can recognize that are, indeed, edible. It's a sweet tooth's Eden. Feast your eyes on our savory world. See how many fairy tale characters you can find too.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

American Masterpieces Coming to Library

Great art speaks powerfully, inspires fresh thinking, and connects us to our past. The Cloquet Public Library recently received notice of an award from Picturing America, an exciting new initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA). Picturing America brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through this innovative program, students and citizens will gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art. The program uses art as a catalyst for the study of America—the cultural, political, and historical threads woven into our nation’s fabric over time.

An official award letter from NEH Chairman Bruce Cole will come in September 2008, along with award materials, including 40 laminated reproductions of American artworks and a teachers’ resource book. Additional educational resources will be available on the NEH Web site. In return for receiving the award, the Library will keep as many of the reproductions as possible on continual exhibit during the September 2008 through May 2009 grant term, and to retain the reproductions for future display and educational use.

This fall, join us as we picture America at the Cloquet Public Library!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Library receives Humanities Award

The National Endowment for the Humanities has selected the Cloquet Public Library to receive the 2008 We the People “Created Equal” Bookshelf. Cloquet was one of 3,000 libraries across the country to receive this year’s Bookshelf, a set of 17 classic books on the theme of “Created Equal.” The Library received four of the books in Spanish as well, along with a resource kit on Abraham Lincoln. Supplementary materials include bookplates, bookmarks and posters. The Bookshelf program is part of the Endowment’s “We the People” initiative, which supports projects that strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.

To enhance the Bookshelf, the Library purchased the 14-volume set, The U.S. Government: How It Works, which introduces young readers to the major branches and key players of the federal government. These books will come in handy during a presidential election year as students explore the history of our government and the election of a new president. In similar news, the Library plans to host an activity in the fall that will give youth the opportunity to explore the voting process.