Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Workshop: Preserving Your Family History

"Organizing and Preserving Your Family History,"a 2½ hour workshop, will be offered on Saturday, November 10, at 10 a.m. Instructor Marlene Wisuri has condensed three separate classes and added additional material. The workshop will cover organization and preservation techniques through examples, handouts and PowerPoint presentations. Class participants will learn the answers to these questions:
- What is in a family history archive and how can it be organized? 
- What are your most precious family records or heirlooms? And how do you identify and decide what to do with them?  
- How should family records, photos, and artifacts be stored and preserved?
Resources for further study will be provided. Seating is limited, so please sign up at the front desk or call the library to reserve a place: 879-1531

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bhutan – A View from the Top of the World

The breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, amazing architecture, and the people of Bhutan are featured in a photography presentation on Monday, November 5, at 6:30 p.m. Cal Price, a professional photographer from Bemidji, bases the program on a recent trip he made to Bhutan, a small country high in the Himalayas. After being essentially cut off for centuries, Bhutan's government has only recently begun to allow outside influences, such as television and the internet, into the country. The small nation remains committed to preserving its ancient traditions, which are richly documented in Price's photographs, which highlight the contrasts between centuries-old customs and the impact of modern society. Rice says his intent has been to photograph a country in the midst of cultural change and calls the program a cultural exchange rather than a travelogue

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

House of Dark Shadows

Start off your Halloween festivities on Tuesday night, October 30, the eve of Hallowe'en, with our exclusive screening of "House of Dark Shadows." Not to be confused with the recent Johnny Depp spoof, "House of Dark Shadows" is the original 1970 horror movie based on the Gothic daytime TV series of the late '60s and early '70s. The film stars the original Barnabas Collins, the incomparable Jonathan Frid, who brings his formidable stage presence to the role of the reluctant vampire. The cast is filled by players from the TV show, including MGM star of the '40s and '50s Joan Bennett and Minnesota-born actress Kathryn Leigh Scott. The movie is a product of its time in its filming techniques, Technicolor and eerie score—and it still packs a wallop in the fear department. Photographs of the historic Lyndhurst estate and Hudson Valley area (taken by a library staff member) where the movie was filmed will be on display. Refreshments and the film begin at 6:30 p.m. (Please note: "House of Dark Shadows" is being released for the first time on DVD on October 30. In the unlikely event we do not receive the DVD that day, we will substitute another classic horror movie, Roger Corman's 1960 film of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher," starring Vincent Price.)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fleece to Felt Workshop

Duluth Art Institute brings a program of fiber arts to the Cloquet Public Library. Participants will learn how to transform fluffy, colorful sheep’s wool into a fun, felted butterfly.  It’s an interactive and accessible art project for ages six and up.  

The event will take place at 3:30 p.m., Tues., Nov. 13, 2012. All programs are free of charge and open to the public courtesy of Minnesota’s Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information, call the Library at 879-1531.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

A guitar quartet that has been called "one of the major guitar ensembles in the world" by Soundboard Magazine will perform in the large meeting room on Saturday, October 20, at 11 a.m. as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the library building. The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet is a classically trained group whose repertoire spans the history of guitar music from Europe to South America to the Upper Midwest. Their selections on Saturday include compositions by French, Spanish, and Scottish composers. Of special interest to area patrons will be a contemporary selection composed by Hibbing musician Nickolai Koivunen. Between pieces, the group will explain the history of the music they're playing and demonstrate playing techniques. The quartet has performed across the United States and their music has been featured on National Public Radio. One newspaper describes the group's "collaborative genius and technical mastery." The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet's long-awaited appearance at the library is made possible by donations from the Shaw Memorial Library Foundation and a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board through Legacy funding (Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund).