Cloquet Police Officer Laci Silgjord and her drug detector dog, Vader, were excited to be guests for "K9 Storytime" at the Cloquet Public Library on June 18 and 19.
The duo began by reading books to the children, then Silgjord explained what Vader's job entails.
According to children's librarian Keiko Satomi, the parents asked more questions about Vader than the children did. Satomi said 90 people attended Tuesday’s event and 120 attended Wednesday.
When the questions were answered, everyone went outside for a demonstration of Vader sniffing for drugs in the squad car.
“He was jumping and sniffing,” Satomi said. “Then he sat down quietly in front of the squad car to indicate he smelled drugs.”
Silgjord explained that she hid marijuana in her squad car earlier for Vader to detect during the demonstration.
The officer handed out badge stickers and coloring books for the children and free DNA kits to parents.
“Overall, the 'K9 Storytime' was a fun event that I enjoy doing,” Silgjord said. “I hope to partner with the Cloquet Public Library again for future readings.”
Satomi said she also would like to have Silgjord and K9 Vader back again next summer.
The library offers storytime every week. The Cloquet Area Fire Department will be the guests in August.
Vader will be making his next public appearance Aug. 6 at National Night Out in Cloquet.