Monday, November 30, 2009

Come to our Winter Dance Celebration

Come join the fun and learn a few folk dances at the Cloquet Public Library with Terrence Smith, who has been a Minnesota Roster Artist for over 20 years. Terrence will be at public libraries, schools, child care centers, and community dances throughout December. He enjoys songs and dance and talking with people, encouraging them to read aloud as a family. His program will include a little history of the dances. Everyone will learn a new dance and participate!

The program is being held at the Cloquet Public Library on Dec. 12, 2009, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., and is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and the Cloquet Public Library.

For additional locations and times of programs, see the Arrowhead Library System website at for the calendar.

This project is funded with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

For additional information, contact Rebecca Patton at Arrowhead Library System 218-741-3840.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Public welcome at Annual Open House

The Cloquet Public Library will host its annual Open House from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 3. Come and see what’s new at the library.

Harpist Mary Hagen will perform, and Disney holiday films for children will be shown in the Large Meeting Room. Light refreshments will be served.

The activity is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call 879-1531.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Help out your library on November 17

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009 – Give to the Max Day! On this day of giving, we hope you will think of Cloquet Shaw Memorial Public Library Foundation and that you will take advantage of this online matching gift program available only for gifts made on or its sister site,, from 8:00 a.m. on November 17, 2009 until 8:00 am on November 18, 2009.

Every donation made during Give to the Max Day will receive a portion of the $500,000 match. This means the exact amount matched per dollar donated will be determined after Give to the Max Day concludes.*

GiveMN partners are paying the transaction costs for gifts made to Minnesota nonprofits through GiveMN on Give to the Max Day. These generous funds allow 100 percent of your gift to go straight to Cloquet Shaw Memorial Public Library Foundation!

What is GiveMN? is the smart way for you to discover, support and engage with the charities that are right for you. The online giving platform allows you to find and support organizations that match your philanthropic goals and easily keep track of your donations all in a single online location.

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As you consider your charitable end-of-year giving this season, please consider giving on Give to the Max Day (Nov. 17). Max your contribution to Cloquet Shaw Memorial Public Library Foundation by making an online donation on Nov. 17. Go to and click on Cloquet Shaw Memorial Public Library Foundation, Inc.

Thank you for your support!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Lonely Doll Finds a Home

Audrey L. of Cloquet won the essay competition which asked the question,"Why would you be the perfect friend for Edith the Lonely Doll?" As the winner, Audrey was able to take the Lonely Doll and her friend Mr. Bear home. Congratulations, Audrey. Her essay is printed here.

I think I would be perfect for Edith because I would be very responsible and take very good care of her. And if she is broken, I promise to give her the best doll doctor. And if I take her home, I will promise to do the following: I will never, ever, in a billion years, let her get dirty. I will take just as much care as if she was a real baby and just as much value. I will play with her every day and pass her down for generations and generations. And before I give her to the next generation, I will have them say a pledge.

The dolls that I have are Tim, Audreyana, five Raggedy Anns, Elaine, James, Harry, and 24 Barbie and Ken dolls. For Mr. Bear, I have Patty, Squeaky, Elle, Sammy, Purple Bear, Brown Eyes, Glitters, Tuffy, Scruffy, Dart, Bill, Trevor, Penny, George, El Tigre, Francis, Lindsey, Crystal, Crush, Angie, Underdog, Blossom, and Jack. I am funny and understanding. Even if I don’t win, it’s good that she isn’t lonely anymore.

Kiwanis Golden K supports Library Project

The Kiwanis Golden K of Cloquet has donated $250 toward an Early Literacy Station for the Cloquet Public Library. The all-in-one learning station comes preloaded with more than 60 top-rated developmental software titles for kids.

“The library currently has four outdated computer stations for young children. It is our desire to gradually replace them with literacy stations that encourage, engage, and challenge youthful patrons through a variety of interactive programs promoting literacy, math, science, and the arts,” says Lisbeth Boutang, Children’s Librarian.

“We have already received confirmation from a private patron who is willing to donate a substantial amount to our project. We are looking to organizations and others to provide the additional funds to make this purchase possible.”

The total cost for the Early Literacy Station is approximately $2,750.00. One patron has already pledged 50 percent of the cost of one station ($1,750.00) as a challenge to organizations and individuals to make their own contributions.

For more information on the project and how you can contribute, call 879-1531.

Pictured above is Lisbeth Boutang accepting the donation check from Milo Rasmussen, Golden K member.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Join us in viewing the film Alaska Far Away

Joan Juster and Paul Hill, the producers of Alaska Far Away, will also be present. The film will be shown on Saturday, November 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the Cloquet Public Library. Refreshments will be served.