Monday, July 28, 2008

Carol Beckstrom makes story time magic

Local storyteller Carol Beckstrom performed for a group of children and adults. Drawing on the summer reading theme of Look What's Cookin' at the Library, Carol chose tales of vegetables, a fat hungry cat, chewing gum, and many more.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sámi visitor teaches and learns

Sámi performer Asfrid Karlsen of Norway spoke with both adults and children on her culture at the Library. In these pictures she presents small gifts from her country to children and introduces her audience to the cloudberry, a popular Lapland berry. Karlsen also had the opportunity to visit Fond du Lac Reservation and meet Todd Defoe who showed her the reservation's Heritage and Tribal centers. Defoe, an artist, is pictured above with Karlsen. In the center of the picture is a one-of-a-kind art sculpture by Defoe, a violin made from pipestone. During the tour, Defoe and Karlsen exchanged insights and comparisons regarding the Sámi and Native American cultures.

Hunting for agates at the Cloquet Library

Carol Risdon and Terry Anderson of the Carlton County Rock and Mineral Club will host "Hunting for Agates" at 7 p.m., Tues., July 29, at the Cloquet Public Library. Carol and Terry will have some of their collections on display and give tips on how and where to find agates in the County.

The program is free of charge and open to the public.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Library hosts Cupcake Olympics

Library children competed in a fun-filled arena of flavorful feats including the Food Flight, Cookie Toss, and the Chocolate Kiss Opener. Out of 45 children, four winners emerged, earning free ice cream sundaes compliments of Gordy's Warming House in Cloquet.

All kids received chocolates and free reading posters featuring the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Gophers. Posters are still available free of charge to the public. Pictured above are three of the top winners (L-R) Alyssa, Crystal, and Aubrey. Aubrey also received a special reader recognition honor for reading above and beyond the Summer Reading Challenge of 125+ books. In the second photo, children collect their prizes for the Reading Challenge. Many are also submitting their "Where's the Cake?" red card, having reached the qualifying limit of five. The drawing for the cake will take place on Aug. 1.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The burgers are better at the library

Kids got to have it their way at the library, creating a variety of paper burger options. The final result was a burger book--from sesame seed bun to everything in the middle. Adventurous children composed clever stories like, "The Runaway Tomato," from their inspiring compilations.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sámi performer comes to library

Sámi performer Asfrid Karlsen of Norway will give a special performance at the Cloquet Public Library at 2 p.m. Wed., July 23, 2008. The program is free of charge and open to the public.

Karlsen is in the area to participate in FinnFest ’08 activities in Duluth. Experience the Sámi culture through music, storytelling and “joik,” the Sámi people’s traditional form of song.

The Sámi are an indigenous people of northern Europe inhabiting Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. Their ancestral lands span across an area the size of Sweden in the Nordic countries. The Sami people are among the largest indigenous groups in Europe.

For more information, call 879-1531.

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Art of Ice Cream

Kids learned fun details about the history of ice cream then got to create their own ice cream favorites with scratch-art paper. The cherry on the top was an ice cream bar for everyone compliments of Schwann's. How great is that!