Bring the kids and tour the world at the Cloquet Public Library

The Cloquet Public Library kicked off its summer activities calendar June 6 with registration for the summer reading challenge. This year’s theme is “One World, Many Stories.” The library will host performances, games and fun for kids, teens and adults to “improve their geography literacy,” said Lisbeth Boutang, children’s librarian. “They will get a feeling we’re going all the way around the world.”
Ongoing children’s activities include a scavenger hunt for faces of children from around the world hidden throughout the library. Each week a new selection of 12 faces will be hidden. Find all 12, and your name is entered into a drawing to win from a selection of prizes.
Another contest called “How did the Leopard get its spots?” calls for the most unique and interesting story of how the leopard got his markings. The winner will be announced July 29, and will receive a hand-made, South American necklace. This contest is open to children seventh grade and above.
Games from around the world will be available to check out throughout the summer. Some games include Knuckle Bones (an early Greek and Roman version of Jacks), Balero (a cup and ball game from Mexico), and Mancala (a 7,000-year-old game from Africa), among many others.
Story time will be held at 10 a.m. every Wednesday from June 15 to Aug. 4 for ages 3 to 5 and on Thursdays for those from birth to 2 years.
This year there are also activities planned for teens. A summer writing contest for teens is open until Aug. 22. Choose any book published within the past year, write a one-to-two page essay explaining “what this book means to me,” and win a $30 gift card to Walmart. One winner will be selected from grades six through nine, and another will be selected from grades nine through 12. Also, a July performance is in the works for Indie Rock Fusion singer Ben Hoganson, formerly with the Twin Cities band “Duplomacy.”
Other scheduled activities this summer follow:
• June 9: International Harp performance at 10:30 a.m.
• June 15: Music with Robi Meyerson at 1 p.m.
• June 16 & 23: Learn the basics of Haiku writing at 1 p.m.
• June 21: Screening of “Bright Star” at 6:30 p.m.
• June 22: Making Hmong story cloths at 1 p.m.
• June 29: Create your own Aboriginal art at 1 p.m.
• July 5: African Drums with the Titame West Africa Dance Ensemble at 4 p.m.
• July 12: Screening of “Mother of Mine” at 6:30 p.m.
• July 13: Make your own story bracelet at 1 p.m.
• July 14: Encore screening of “Alaska Far Away,” hosted by the film’s producer
and director Joan Juster at 6 p.m.
• July 20: Make your own world bank at 1 p.m.
• July 28: Dazzling Dave and his yoyos at 1 p.m.
• Aug. 4: Reader recognition party, with pizza from Pizza Hut at 1 p.m.
• Aug. 9: Screening of “Troubled Water” at 6:30 p.m
All programs are free of charge and open to the public. The library’s summer reading challenge is open to all children and registration continues through July. For more information, call the Cloquet Public Library at 879-1531.

THis story was written for the Pine Journal by Emily Jaakola and will be preserved here, because of its extreme usefulness to local families

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