Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jazz Singer Rhonda Laurie and her band perform favorites from the '30s, '40s, and '50s in "Happy Days Are Here Again"

Enjoy spirited songs of the Greatest Generation when Twin Cities jazz vocalist Rhonda Laurie and her band perform favorites from the '30s, '40s, and '50s. "Happy Days Are Here Again" is sponsored by the Cloquet Public Library and the Arrowhead Library System, with funding provided by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The concert will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at Encore Performing Arts Center. Learn the stories behind "Sentimental Journey," "Dream a Little Dream," and other Big Band era favorites. The show is 90 minutes. There are no tickets to buy or reservations required—general seating is free.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Kids create mural after school

Community Education kids came together at the Cloquet Public Library to learn about American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and make a large mural representing one of her poppy paintings. Using pencils, oil pastels, crayons and markers, children colored one or more squares creating the mural.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cello at Noontide

Library patrons will be treated to the live performance of a professional cellist at noon on Tuesday, April 24. Aleks Tengesdal will perform selections of Baroque, modern, and his own original compositions. This free concert makes a perfect lunchtime getaway or midday retreat.

Jack Salmela Presents "Of Vikings and Voyageurs"

Popular Duluth novelist Jack Salmela returns to the library with a presentation on his mystery/thriller "Of Vikings and Voyageurs," Wednesday evening, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Salmela last visited us in February when he presented a slide show giving a behind-the-scenes look at the history behind his 2011 novel, "Sisterhood of the Hennepin Chalice." That event drew quite an audience, with many inquiring about his earlier novel. Both books are set in Minnesota and feature mysteries relating to historical events—this time including early Viking exploration of Minnesota (did they leave behind the Kensington Rune Stone?) and a link to the French voyageurs. Once again, the slide show will be accompanied by a professional interpreter, this time portraying a voyageur with authentic artifacts (including a musket from the era). It's sure to be another fascinating evening. Doors will open for seating shortly after 6 p.m.; the main library will be closed at this time.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Book Sale

The Cloquet Friends of the Library will hold their book sale on Sat. April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit library programs and services.

Friday, April 6, 2012


The Arrowhead Library System and the Cloquet Public Library invite children of all ages to make some music with singer-songwriter and comedian Richie Johnson at 10:30 a.m., Sat., May 5 at the Cloquet Public Library.

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

Richie Johnson, who is also a historian and magician, will teach children the art of storytelling through songwriting, creating musical instruments from recycled items, and making new songs with audience assistance.
Participants should bring a good imagination as well as a love of having fun!

Admission is free thanks to sponsorship by the Arrowhead Library System and funding through Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information on other Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our events’
calendar at Find us on Facebook at “Arrowhead Legacy Events” or on Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy. Questions can be directed to Miriam Kero, Arrowhead Library System,

Meet "Maud Hart Lovelace"

Maud Hart Lovelace, author of the "Betsy-Tacy" books, will be portrayed by a member of the Minnesota History Players on Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m. Lovelace, born Maud Hart in Mankato in 1892, authored the famous series of chidren's books between 1940 and 1955.
The Betsy-Tacy books are set in the fictional town of Deep Valley, Minnesota, which is based on Mankato. Our History Player will tell what it was like to grow up in Minnesota 100 years ago and how she pursued her dream of becoming a writer. Along the way, audience members will learn about the rise of the middle class and how technology revolutionized life at the beginning of the 20th century.
This program will appeal both to children and adults who grew up reading "Betsy-Tacy." This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" brings together a cast of notable British actors including John Hurt, Colin Firth (Academy Award winner for "The King's Speech"), CiarĂ¡n Hinds ("Persuasion"), Tom Hardy ("Inception," "Band of Brothers," "The Virgin Queen"), and Gary Oldman, who was nominated as Best Actor for this 2011 British film. Oldman plays George Smiley, a spy brought out of retirement to ferret out a Soviet mole in the highest echelon of the British secret service. Based on John LeCarre's best-selling novel from the 1970s, the film recreates a dingy, bureaucratic London while making elliptical references to the private lives of intelligence operatives. James Bond is fantasy; "Tinker Tailor" is for the connoisseur of cerebral, unglamorous, and deadly spy games. Showing on our 55-inch wide-screen HD-TV. Tuesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m.