Sunday, July 03, 2011

Portage Library to host two programs July 7

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host two events on Thursday, July 7.

The first -- just for kids -- is part of a series of summer programs about Isle Royale at the library.

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Isle Royale National Park rangers Lori Honrath and Katie Donovan will present "Sounds of Isle Royale National Park." Children will listen to the sounds of Isle Royale where animals and humans are communicating in their own special ways. They will learn to identify some of the common "voices" from the forests and lakes of Isle Royale and play "sound" bingo. There will be skulls, skins, and silhouettes of animals whose "voices" they will learn.

At 6:30 p.m. the Portage Lake District Library and the Keweenaw Co-op will co-host a screening of the documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate in the community room at the library.

The Dark Side of Chocolate reveals shocking evidence that child and forced labor continue in the cocoa fields for millions of children, nearly a decade after major players in the cocoa industry promised to resolve the problem. This 2010 documentary exposes the ongoing use of child labor, forced labor, and trafficking in the cocoa industry in West Africa. Screenings of the film are taking place nationwide to send one clear message to the chocolate industry: abusive child labor and trafficking in the cocoa industry will not be tolerated.

A discussion will follow the film, and visitors will have a chance to eat samples of Fair Trade chocolates made by small companies that show it is possible to eliminate forced labor and child labor from the production of chocolate.

All library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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