Author Margi Preus on the Immigrant Experience

 

Author Margi Preus will give a presentation on her new book for young readers, “West of the Moon,” on Saturday, October 25, at 11 a.m. “West of the Moon” was inspired by the diary Ms. Preus’s great-great-grandmother kept as she emigrated with her family from Norway in the 1850s. The story focuses on a young girl traveling with the family to become their servant in Minnesota. Her presentation is geared to an adult audience. “Norwegian history, fiction and folklore intertwine seamlessly in this lively, fantastical adventure and moving coming-of-age story,” reports Kirkus Reviews. Ms. Preus was the recipient of a prestigious Newbery Honor for her book “Heart of a Samuri” in 2011.



FALL BOOK SALE
AT CLOQUET PUBLIC LIBRARY

The annual Fall Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Cloquet Public Library will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat., Oct. 11, at the library. Come and browse through our large collection of books. Conditions range from ex-library volumes to next-to-new donations.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. Proceeds will help support library programs and resources. For more information, call 879-1531.

CARTOONING FUN

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Cartooning with 321 Art Studio, a free program being offered on Thurs., Oct. 16, 2014, 3:30 p.m., at the Cloquet Public Library

Do you love to doodle? Then take it to the next step! Local artists from the 321 Art Studio will guide young artists through the step-by-step process of using simple shapes to create characters, add facial expressions, and begin drawing a simple comic strip from the imagination.

The family program is designed for students in grade K-6. However, younger kids will enjoy it with the help of a parent or grandparent while those older will enjoy the opportunity to learn basic drawing and get tips for practicing and completing their comic strip.

Make this a family adventure and explore creative ways to express yourself in the world of cartooning!

The event, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Call 879-1531 for more details.

Paranormal Researcher Chad Lewis to Speak

Paranormal researcher Chad Lewis will talk about Minnesota ghosts and the unexplained at Cloquet Public Library on Monday, October 6, 6:30 p.m. Lewis is the author of “The Minnesota Road Guide to Haunted Locations” and “The Minnesota Road Guide to Mysterious Creatures.”

Mr. Lewis wrote his master’s thesis in psychology on people’s belief in the paranormal. He now digs for truth behind stories about ghosts, UFOs and strange creatures, including Bigfoot. “If it’s strange and unusual, I’ve traveled there searching for it,” Lewis says.

Music from Around the World with Mario Cianflone

Famed accordionist Mario Cianflone performs a variety of classical, French, Italian, and Latin American music on Saturday, October 4, at 11 a.m. Cianflone, who received a Ph.D. in music from the University of Minnesota, will share the wealth of history, design, and special effects (such as the “musette” sound) that are possible on one of the most popular traditional instruments of Europe and the Americas. This program, sponsored by Cloquet Public Library and the Arrowhead Library System, is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

classicpenguin:

CLASSIC BANNED BOOKS

In honor of Banned Books Week, we’ve put together a list of now-Classics that were once—or are still—contested, censored, or banned. So below, check out a few historically hackles-raising Penguin Classics that came to mind around the office. And never forget that reading classics can be rebellious. 


The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck’s legendary depiction of Americans struggling for survival during the Great Depression has been burned, banned, and the topic of numerous censorship trials since its publication in 1939. Though the book’s purpose was to illuminate the plight of migrant families, many authorities felt they’d been depicted in an unfair light. The battles over censoring The Grapes of Wrath have been international, including a Turkish trial in which publishers faced up to six months imprisonment for “spreading propaganda unfavorable to the state.”

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
No stranger to ruffled feathers, John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel Of Mice and Men has managed to amass quite an interesting list of enemies. Along with plenty of school curriculum battles, Of Mice and Men was banned in Ireland in 1953 and condemned by a South Carolina chapter of the Klu Klux Klan. Censorship battles over the novel continue even today. 

On The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Among the most controversial works of modern time, Charles Darwin’s revolutionary work in the natural sciences has been banned on numerous occasions. Dramatized in the 1955 play “Inherent the Wind”, Darwin’s theory of evolution was banned from Tennessee schools for 42 years after the infamous Scopes Trial. And the work continues to be an inflammatory topic in many parts of the world, including the United States. 

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
A title synonymous with investigative journalism, Upton Sinclair turned the meatpacking industry of the early 1900s on its head with his seminal work The Jungle, in which he exposed the mistreatment of immigrant workers and blatant disregard of consumer health. Surprisingly, The Jungle was never suppressed in the United States, but was banned in Yugoslavia and burned by both the Nazis in 1933 and East German communists in 1956. 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the psychedelic fantasy depicted in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that many parents have found it a questionable story for children, despite its popularity. However, the book’s oddest opponent surfaced in China, when in 1931 a provincial governor was wildly concerned about the effects of animals being depicted speaking human language, describing it as “disastrous.” 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was making waves in public school districts throughout the country when it first published in 1962. The story of rebellious Randle Patrick Murray as he butts heads with the powerful and manipulative Nurse Ratched in an Oregon mental hospital displayed a scathing critique of institutionalism and the prominent psychology of the time. Fearing the impact the book might have on their children, parents in Colorado attempted to ban the novel from public schools, claiming it “glorifies criminal activity, [and] has a tendency to corrupt juveniles.” In 1986, the book was banned from curricula in Aberdeen, Washington, simply because of its secular humanistic values.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
As a cautionary tale of science and man’s role in the creation of life, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has for the past two centuries found itself at the center of debates over religion and science, its work with these themes resulting in protest from many various Christian groups. Though never governmentally censored in the United States, South Africa banned the novel in 1955 for obscenity. 

The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
William Golding’s 1954 novel The Lord of the Flies has been in the censorship cross-hairs of American parents for decades. Those attempting to ban the book have done so on the grounds that it is excessively violent, racist, and “implies that man is little more than an animal.” But Golding, a schoolteacher himself, wrote the book in response to an 1858 novel by R. M. Ballantyne, TheCoral Island, in which a group of young boys stranded on a desert island get along quite swimmingly. Though Golding enjoyed the book, his experience with schoolchildren led him to take the morality of the situation in…a different direction. 

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
When is a word just a word, and when is it something more? Considered the Great American Novel by many, Mark Twain’s use of racially loaded slurs in his novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been the topic of dozens of censorship battles. A disparaging picture of the antebellum South, Twain’s tale of a young man barreling down the Mississippi with an escaped slave has been among the most polarizing works of literature. First published in 1885, the novel has sparked heated debate over the publication and wider cultural effects of racist slurs. Though many cite context and Twain’s aim of revealing Southern racism as justification of the slang’s use, many advocates of censoring the work have called for select slurs to be replaced with simply “The N-Word.”

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Possibly the most unusual banning of a book on our list, Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty was prohibited in Apartheid South Africa based on a misunderstanding. Though Anna Sewell’s novel champions compassion for all living things, its title was misinterpreted by the white National Party as a novel about a black woman and hence deemed not fit for the public. Naturally, the officials were far too busy to actually read the literature considered unacceptable.


Classic Fridays | The world is full of classics. Every Friday, we close the week with one of our favorites.

(Reblogged from libraryjournal)

todaysdocument:

"Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons."

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Books are weapons in the war of ideas", 1941 - 1945

From the series: World War II Posters, 1942 - 1945

Banned Books Week is September 21 - 27, 2014

(Reblogged from arlingtonvalib)

cloquetlibrary:

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Cartooning with 321 Art Studio, a free program being offered on Thursday, October 16, 2014, 3:30 p.m. at the Cloquet Public Library.

Do you love to doodle? Then take it to the next step! Local artists from the 321 Art Studio will guide young artists through the step-by-step process of using simple shapes to create characters, add facial expressions, and begin drawing a simple comic strip based on your imagination.

The family program is designed for students in grade K-6. However, younger kids will enjoy it with the help of a parent or grandparent, while those older will enjoy the opportunity to learn basic drawing and get tips and techniques to complete their comic strip.

The event, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Call 879-1531 for more details.

(Reblogged from cloquetlibrary)