Library News: Royalton

Minnesota's Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, will return to the Royalton Library on Thursday, May 29 to read selections from her books including," Straight Out of View," "Coming Back to the Body" and "First Words." Sutphen was raised on a family farm near St. Joseph, MN and currently serves as a professor of English at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. She is the state's second laureate, appointed by Governor Dayton in 2011. This poetry reading is open to all ages.
Are you interested in finding out more about your family history? Plan on attending this presentation by the Morrison County Genealogy Society on Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Royalton Public Library. You will have an opportunity to work with experienced genealogists on your specific family history. Participants will work in small groups to help them develop strategies to answer their genealogy questions. Registration is from Jan. 8 to Jan. 20. Folks may register online...
Samantha Gutzkow was Royalton Public Library’s Blue Ribbon Reader winner this summer. Children and teens at each of Great River Regional Library’s 32 locations were invited to take part in an essay writing contest. They were asked to answer the question: Why do you love to read? Samantha's essay was selected from the Royalton entries. Her name was then put in with the names of winners from the 31 other library locations in which Great River Regional Library provides services. The regional...
The women's choir, Sestri, sang their hearts out for the folks who gathered at the Royalton Public Library on Thursday evening, June 6. Sestri is made up of women from Central Minnesota who are dedicated to learning and performing folk songs from Eastern Europe. This group of women practice weekly at the St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls under the direction of Celo V'ec. During the performance each song is introduced by members of the choir. The lyrics are explained as the...
Participants will have an opportunity to complete a still-life painting in this two-session art class at the Royalton Public Library on Saturdays May 4 and May 18, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Instructor Willicey Tynes was born in the Bahamas and enjoys bringing the beauty of the Caribbean to his canvas. The students will benefit from his expertise and ability to bring out the artist in everyone. This class is free with all the supplies being furnished. The class is for ages 16 and older....
Paul Imholte lived up to his stage name, the musical string man, when he performed for an appreciative audience at the Royalton Public Library on Wednesday evening, April 11. Imholte entertained folks not only with his voice but with the variety of string instruments he brought along. These included the guitar, banjo, mandolin, jaw harp and dulcimer. He moved effortlessly between his instruments, delighting the audience with original compositions and other more familiar tunes including the...
Author Monica Lee visited the Royalton Public Library on Saturday, April 6. She was there to discuss her book, "The Percussionist's Wife: A Memoir of Sex, Crime and Betrayal." The book gives a behind-the-scenes look inside a 2001 teacher sex scandal in Sauk Rapids and in doing so explores themes of fidelity, faith and justice. Lee weaves her perspective as the wife of the accused to create a candid and riveting story of the demise of her marriage after revelations of adultery...
The women's choir, Sestri, will give a free concert at the Royalton Public Library on Saturday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. Sestri means "Sisters" in Bulgarian. The choir is the brainchild of musical director Celo V'ec at St. Francis Music Center in Little Falls. Sestri is comprised of women from Central Minnesota communities and includes several members from Royalton. This group is devoted to the study and performance of women's Slavic music. They perform a wide variety of...
Royalton Public Library is housed in the Royalton City Hall building. Students from the Royalton Elementary School share their art work with the public at a gallery at Royalton City Hall. Patrons who visit the library enjoy viewing the ever-changing exhibit of student artwork. The gallery features art projects that have been completed by students in all levels at the elementary school and is changed several times a year. February's exhibit showcases watercolors of valentine hearts that were...
The Okee Dokee Brothers, previously a little-known duo based in Minneapolis, captured the 2013 Grammy for best children's recording Sunday, Feb. 10 for their album "Can You Canoe?" The songs on the album were based on a month-long trip the duo took paddling down the Mississippi River. Joe Mailander (left) and Justin Lansing are childhood friends from Denver who moved to the Twin Cities in 2007. The Okee Dokee Brothers were the Summer Reading Program kick-off performers for Great...