Spotlight on Cloquet Public Library Staff
Cloquet Public Library hired Justin Dinger to be the Youth Services Librarian, working especially with youth ages 10-18, in October of 2018. He immediately made an impact by instituting regular programming for youth such as Teen Reads on Mondays, where he reads aloud to the teens while they enjoy a snack, and Teen Tech Wednesdays. He has made some interesting discoveries, such as the teens really enjoy poetry and that they requested to hear famous speeches in June. Justin’s enthusiasm for technology and books is contagious. He was an English major at Gustavus Adolphus and previously worked for the Cloquet School District in their Technology Department. Here at the library, he combines both interests, as well as a deep concern for the well-being of youth.
Beth Sorenson is the Library Director for Cloquet. Originally from Jamestown, North Dakota, Beth made her way to Cloquet via Milford, Iowa, where she served as library director for four years. As Director, Beth has been working hard to get the library and the staff ready for a new 7,000 square foot library addition that will house a dedicated teen space, multiple meeting rooms to accommodate larger groups, an expanded children's area and a teaching kitchen.
Outside of the library, Beth enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, kayaking, and hiking and indoor activities include reading, playing board games, card-making and needle crafts. Beth has one spouse, two cats, four children and their spouses, and five grandchildren that are the light of her life.
Rosemary Heath has been working at the library since October 1988. She started as a work study student from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Nine months later she was offered the part-time, 13-hour position; nine-and-a-half years later, on March 9, 1998, she became a full-time library aide.
Outside of work, she loves spending time with her daughter, son-in-law, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. They are the love of her life. She loves to read, crochet, cross stitch and scrapbook.
Keiko Satomi is the Children's Librarian at the Cloquet Public Library. Prior to the library career, she taught at elementary schools in Japan, and the Fond du Lac Head Start and the Drake University Head Start in Des Moines, Iowa. This is her 14th year living in the United States, and she is still learning something new every single day.
When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time outdoors - walking, hiking, biking, canoeing, and cross country skiing. She adores the beauty of nature in this area. She has also been a book worm since she was a little child, and libraries have always been her haven. She is a proud mother of two teenage sons. She believes in kindness and fairness.
Karen Murphy has been working at the Cloquet Public Library since November 1997 when she was hired as a 13-hr. library aide. In February 2001, she applied for and received the position of full-time library aide. Recently she received a promotion to the position of Library Clerk. She enjoys her work at the library very much.
Outside of work, she volunteers a lot of her time to the County Seat Community Theater and spends as much time as she can with her large family. Reading has always been a joy. She used to play ‘library’ as a child at her grandmother’s house.
Jeanie Granholm was hired for a 13-hour-a-week position as a library aide in November of 2013. In February 2019 she became a 20-hour-a-week employee. Besides being in the land of books, what she loves best about working at the library are her coworkers and patrons.
Jeanie is the mom of three married children and has ten grandchildren. Want to see pictures? Her sensational sixteen are the loves of her life. She has been an avid reader since she was a young child. She also enjoys crocheting, knitting, counted cross stitch, drawing, painting, coloring, and writing. She’s always open to learning a new craft.
Joyce Fritsinger moved to Cloquet in 2002 and started as a library volunteer in 2003. She was hired part-time in May of 2004. She loves meeting and greeting patrons. Never a day goes by at the library without an unusual request.
Joyce has had many interesting jobs during her career, including phlebotomist, EKG technician, and accounts payable specialist. In her spare time, Joyce enjoys making greeting cards and doing jigsaw puzzles.
In 2018, Amy became a 20-hour Library Aide. She had worked as a 13-hour previously. Amy grew up on acres of land picking wild strawberries, wild plums, and juneberries in the summer. In grade school, she discovered books as a way to find new adventures in small town Wrenshall. She then went to college at the University of Northwestern- St. Paul and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History.
You will also find Amy working at the Carlton County Historical Society. She found out that small-town stories and history are also super interesting. In her spare time, Amy enjoys hiking, obsessing over stories, using her brown thumb for gardening, and getting lost in her massive family history. As a side note, since she missed her Hogwarts letter at age 11, she is anticipating “sharing in an adventure” with Gandalf when she is 50.
Annette Nynas has been working at the library since 2008. She enjoys shelving and reading the shelves to make sure the books are the correct order so patrons can find what they are looking for.
She always enjoys working on projects, and she loves the new spacious library.
Emily started as a 13-hour library aid in the spring of 2019. Since then she has enjoyed getting to know some of the wonderful patrons, as well as watching a love of reading grow in both young and old. She is always happy to help someone find their next good read.
She loves spending time outside hiking, kayaking, and camping. Time with family is always time well spent, especially when a campfire is involved. She has enjoyed traveling to both the east and west coast, as well as to Central America, and she looks forward to the chance to travel again. If she is not outside, then she is inside in a comfy chair with her sketch pad or a cup of tea and a good book.
Monica Somppi was hired as a 13-hour Library Aide in January 2021. Monica and her husband moved back up to the northland last fall after living in the St. Cloud, MN area for 30 years.
She is getting to know her way around the Library and learns something new every day! She is excited to be a part of the Library staff!
She has one adult daughter and two cats and a dog. She enjoys the outdoors and of course - reading!