Cloquet Public Library Expansion Includes Nontraditional Elements

Baihly Warfield
Updated: November 08, 2019 06:46 PM

The Cloquet Public Library is expanding and hoping to appeal to readers, learners, and even chefs. 


Foundation for the 7,000-square foot addition has been laid, and at a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday, excitement built. 

The current 12,000-square foot building opened in 1987. The expansion will contain more kids and young adult space, a large meeting room, conference rooms, and even a teaching kitchen. 

"One of the things I'm hoping to get into school for is culinary," Cloquet High School senior Bella Zago said. "So the new kitchen, the teaching kitchen, is a big thing for me if I end up staying in Minnesota. But just the new facility will be an amazing thing for the kids." 

She said she loved coming to the library as a kid, and she has volunteered there as a teen. She has high hopes for what the new addition could spark. 

"It doesn't get as used as it could be, and it really needs to be part of the community more," Zago said."Kids just need to realize that it's there." 

A Minnesota Department of Education grant was a big part of funding the expansion. 

They hope it will be open by early summer 2020. 


Baihly Warfield

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