Spotlight on Cloquet Public Library Staff
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. After overseeing the completion of the new library addition, Beth is turning her sights on expanding the library presence in the community. Her favorite day at the library is Tag Day!
Outside of the library, Beth enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening, kayaking, and hiking, and indoor activities include reading, playing board games, and card-making. Beth has one spouse, two cats, four children and their spouses, and five grandchildren.
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.
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.
Courtney Dietsche is the Adult Services Librarian at the Cloquet Public Library. She started in 2020 and has enjoyed creating take-and-make kits and planning craft projects and other adult programs.
Prior to starting at Cloquet, she taught English in Japan and was the director of a small public library in Wisconsin.
When she's not at work, Courtney enjoys weightlifting, running half marathons, playing the drums, doing puzzles, and, of course, reading. Her favorite genres are mystery and microhistory.
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, and in 2022 she became a full-time Library Aide. 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.
From her previous work at the Carlton County Historical Society, Amy 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.
Dylan Cheek was hired as a 13-hour library aide in March of 2022. He looks forward to getting to know everyone in the community and greeting everyone who walks through the doors with a smile.
In addition to the library, Dylan enjoys playing old school video games, mostly Nintendo and Super Nintendo, watching Japanese anime and reading manga, and playing online chess.
Dylan is also a freelance artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UW-Stout. He specializes in detailed pencil art.
Monica Somppi was hired as a 13-hour Library Aide in January 2021. In 2022, she became a 20-hour a week employee. Monica and her husband moved back up to the northland in 2020 after living in the St. Cloud, MN area for 30 years.
She is excited to be a member of the Library staff! She is very impressed with the services and programs offered at our wonderful Library and loves to assist our patrons in finding and checking out great items. She also enjoys shelving books and materials!
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and reading. She has one adult daughter, two cats, one dog and numerous wild birds she feeds!
Alyssa Swanson was hired as a 13-hour Library Aide in March 2022. While she of course loves reading, her favorite thing about the library is the value it adds to the community through programming, free resources, and by providing a place where all are welcome.
When she is not at the library, Alyssa is an artist working in painting, drawing, and fiber art. She also is an art educator, teaching art classes throughout the area. Outside of work, Alyssa loves spending time outdoors hiking, foraging, biking, and skiing with her husband and three huskies.
Sophia Campbell permanently moved to her Lake Farm in Carlton County in 2020. She has had a side gig working in academic, corporate, law, or public libraries for the last 30 years and holds a Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from St. Catherine University. Sophia has a 13-hour/week position which is just exactly the amount of time she needs to keep her library senses tingling.
When not at the library, Sophia works as an IT Agile Product Owner for a telecommunications company. She is also learning how to be a "Farmette", growing vegetables, putting up jams, baking bread, and raising chicks into chickens. She has two pups, two cats, two book clubs, and one husband. If you see her at the library she would LOVE to help you find the perfect thing to read.