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‘Paws to Read’ at the Cloquet library this summer

The Cloquet Public Library officially kicks off its “Paw to Read!” Summer Reading Program on Monday, June 9. Online registration began May 21. Participants can get a jumpstart by signing up early on the library’s website,, and then picking up their registration packets at the library.

For the next two months, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens and adults that encourage and reward a love of reading. Participants will set their own personal reading goals and earn incentives along the way to achieving them.

Climb Theater takes center stage the first week with “Stubby the Elephant” at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. Stubby is a little elephant with a little trunk and a lot of curiosity. He is not afraid to ask anyone his questions. As he journeys through the jungle, Stubby questions many different animals played by the audience, but the answer she gets from the Crocodile changes the “profile” of elephants forever!

Stubby the Elephant is adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s “The Elephant Child” and created especially for children 3-8 years old. Enjoy this interactive play and the activity session that follows with your children and grandchildren as they experience live theatre and build literacy and reading readiness skills. Climb Theater’s performance is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  

Additional summer headliners include storyteller and musician Jack Pearson; the Lake Superior Zoo; the Zinghoppers, an Emmy-Award winning band of dance-pop and hip-hop music; and Z Puppets, a innovative blend of puppetry, live music and physical comedy. All programs are fun, family entertainment — and free of charge!

Other enjoyable activities are a weekly “Where’s Rocket?” search through the library, an Animal Tracks’ scavenger hunt, Bookmark contest, and Letters to Rocket.

Children can register throughout the summer and attend weekly programs and story times.

On the serious side, research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss.

“Students who read recreationally outperformed those who don’t. And they read more when they can choose materials based on their own interest,” said Children’s Librarian Lissie Boutang. “Our library is committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.”

For additional information, call the library at 218-879-1531.