Cloquet Library offers storytime, gardening for kids

Cloquet Public Library children's librarian Keiko Satomi works with local kids to plant a vegetable garden outside the library following "Storytime" June 4-5. (Photo courtesy of Keiko Satomi)

Cloquet Public Library children’s librarian Keiko Satomi works with local kids to plant a vegetable garden outside the library following “Storytime” June 4-5. (Photo courtesy of Keiko Satomi)

Instead of just listening to stories, children who attended storytime June 4-5 at the Cloquet Public Library got their hands dirty with a lesson in gardening.

After listening to CPL children’s librarian Keiko Satomi read “Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!” by Candace Fleming and “Up and Down and Around” by Katherine Ayres, kids went outside to learn about planting and raising vegetables.

Cloquet Public Libary children's librarian reads to local kids weekly during "Storytime." Storytime occurs every Tuesday and Wednesday until July 31. (Photo courtesy of Keiko Satomi)
Cloquet Public Libary children’s librarian reads to local kids weekly during “Storytime.” Storytime occurs every Tuesday and Wednesday until July 31. (Photo courtesy of Keiko Satomi)

In partnership with the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, kids planted seeds and seedlings in raised beds outside the library and watered them as part of the MSHS “Garden-in-a-Box” program.

Started in 2008, the program was created by the MSHS to teach vegetable gardening to kids to encourage them to add more fresh produce to their diet. MSHS distributes gardening kits to child care centers, schools and other organizations around Minnesota.

Interactive learning opportunities are a regular feature of storytime at the library. From 10:15-11 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday until July 31, kids can listen to library staff and residents read stories. This week, Cloquet Police Officer Laci Silgjord and K-9 Vader came by to read stories, answer questions and conduct demonstrations.

Storytime will go on the road to for a “Pop-up Storytime” at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, and Wednesday, June 19, at the Cloquet Forestry Center. The event features stories, songs and wagon rides.