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 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, 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. hey 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 is also 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.