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.