Author Workshops and Presentations

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient Type
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
July 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Lake of the Woods
St. Louis
Lake of the Woods
St. Louis
Project Overview
Dr. Jacqueline Kelly visited Duluth, Hibbing and Virginia to talk with 6th grade students and hold a session with the Arrowhead Reading Council. In Duluth she visited both middle schools and spoke to students in each school who are selected by science and English teachers. In Virginia and Hibbing she addressed 6th graders. Jack Salmela lead the audience on an enlightening tour of early Minnesota history based on research he compiled writing the book, “Of Vikings and Voyageurs.” Using original maps, authentic voyageur artifacts (including a musket to be fired outside if the venue and weather permitted), and accompanied by a voyageur reenactor, this program was quite popular. Dr. Linda LeGarde Grover read from her book, “The Dance Boots,” a collection of linked fictional stories about the Ojibwe culture that won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. “The Dance Boots” depicts the struggle experienced by Native Americans to balance survival, tribal traditions and obligations to future generations in an ever-changing world. An interactive discussion followed the reading. “Dream Class Guy” Craig Groethe presented a fun, interactive and enlightening workshop on dream analysis. With an overview of the types of dreams, dream significance, and the symbolic language of dreams, audience members learned how to glean insight from their own dreams. This program was intended for teen and adult audiences. Katya Gordon presented on her first book, Big Waves, Small Boat, Two Kids (North Star Press) which chronicles her sailing adventures with her husband Mark and two young daughters. In a 45-60 min. workshop presentation, Katya used her book as well as DVD images, music, and a PowerPoint presentation to tell her family’s story. Her goal was to inspire participants to envision what it would take to follow their own dreams. Discussion and questions were encouraged.
Project Details
512 students and teachers attended Dr. Kelly's programs. Date of Program: Tuesday, April 3, 2012, Two presentations: one in the morning and one in the afternoon to 6th graders at Woodland Middle School and Morgan Park Middle School in Duluth. 4:30 PM Informal talk with Arrowhead Reading Council. -- Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 10:00 AM presentation to Roosevelt School 6th graders, Virginia. 1:00 PM presentation to Lincoln Elementary School 6th graders, Hibbing. 455 people attended Jack's programs. Date of Program: Monday, April 16, 2012, 1:30 PM Hibbing Public Library , 4:00 PM Buhl Public Library / Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 3:30 PM Aurora Public Library , 6:00 PM Hoyt Lakes Public Library / Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 3:30 PM Ely Public Library , 7:00 PM Cook Public Library / Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7:00 PM Grand Rapids Area Library / Friday, April 20, 2012, 6:00 PM Nashwauk High School / Monday, April 23, 2012, 1:30 PM Duluth Public Library , 6:00 PM Moose Lake Public Library / Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 1:30 PM International Falls Public Library , 6:00 PM Baudette Public Library / Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 6:30 PM Cloquet Public Library / Friday, June 15, 2012, 7:00 PM Grand Marais Public Library / Thursday, April 26, 2012, 12:30 PM Virginia Public, 7:00 PM Babbitt Public Library / Friday, April 27, 2012, 3:30 PM Silver Bay Public Library. 16 people attended Dr. Grover's events. Date of Program: Monday, May 14, 2012, Cloquet Public Library, 12:00 PM; Thursday, May 17, 2012, Babbitt Public Library, 6:30 PM. 162 people attended the Dream Guy's program. Date of Program: Monday, June 11, 2012, 10:30 AM Cloquet Public Library, 3:30 PM Two Harbors Public Library; Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 10:30 AM Duluth West Branch Public Library, 3:30 PM Marble Public Library, 6:00 PM Grand Rapids Public Library; Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 1:00 PM Hibbing Public Library, 6:00 PM International Falls Public Library; Thursday, June 14, 2012, 10:30 AM Cook Visitor Center, 1:00 PM Ely Public Library, 6:00 PM Babbitt Public Library; Friday, June 15, 2012, 1:00 PM Hoyt Lakes Public Library, 3:30 PM Virginia Public Library. 23 attendees at Katya's programs. Date of Program: May 22, 2012, 12:00 PM Cloquet Public Library; May 29, 2012, 6:00 PM Silver Bay Public Library; July 23, 2012, 6:30 PM Two Harbors Public Library.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 Chapter 6, Article 4, Subdivision 4
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Allow students to meet a renowned author, inspire students to read and create, and stir their curiosity and imagination. Educate the audience on regional history and inspire curiosity and creativity. Educate the audience on the cultural experience of Native Americans, deliver on patron-requested topic material (Native American programming) and inspire curiosity and tolerance. Educate the audience on dream analysis, provide an uplifting, unusual opportunity no otherwise available in the area and inspire curiosity and imagination. Educate the audience on sailing, inspire patrons to follow their passions, and stir their curiosity and imagination.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Comments from participants:
"All of the students received copies of the book and read it prior to seeing the Dr. Kelly speak."
"I drove 25 miles to come and see this and it was worth it."
"I learned how to speak several words in French and Native language."
"[I learned] how traps were set, how furs were skinned, how boundaries were set—much more."
"Dreams are symbolic of one’s life and the events taking place; find the symbolism and one can interpret the dream and perhaps make you a better person."

Source of Additional Funds

Arrowhead Library System and PTAs, Library Friends and Foundations. Partner Contribution to the Program: To allow students to get the most out of this opportunity, the One Book committee worked with PTAs, library Friends and Foundations to purchase books for students to read before the author arrived. Arrowhead Library System and Regional Libraries. Partner Contribution to the Program: The Libraries across the region provided the staff, facility, and electricity to host the program. They also marketed the programs through their respective communication media (e.g. facebook, Twitter, website, newsletters, etc).

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Arrowhead Library System
Street Address
5528 Emerald Avenue
Mt. Iron
Zip Code
(218)741-3840 Ext. 230
Administered By
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1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266