Library News: Royalton

The Royalton Public Library was filled with creative and positive energy when master artist Willicey Tynes returned to lead an introduction to printmaking class. On this lovely May morning participants enjoyed learning about the history of printmaking and then designed their own Lino-cut used to make prints. The designs included dragonflies, flowers and religious symbols.
Local artist Len Sharon presented a class on weaving decorative orbs to an enthusiastic group at the Royalton Public Library on Saturday, May 7. He makes the orbs from willow branches that he gathers from the countryside near his home in rural Randall. The classes that Sharon offers are some of the most popular events offered at the Royalton library. The participants enjoy his patience, humor and craftsmanship. This class included two sets of grandmothers and granddaughters which seemed fitting...
Professor Marvel delighted a large audience at the Royalton Elementary School's Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) spring event with his Amazing Archeological Adventure magic show. The Royalton school district sponsors three RIF events yearly. The spring event is held in the evening so families can attend with their students. At each event, students in the Royalton school district from birth through fifth grade receive two free books purchased from Scholastic Book Company. This was the first time...
Joel Karsten, author of "Straw Bale Gardens," will be at the Royalton Public Library on Monday, April 13 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. for an author visit and book discussion. The book describes Karsten's innovative techniques for growing flowers or vegetable crops using prepared straw bales. The technique eliminates much of the manual labor involved in maintaining a traditional garden. Karsten has a degree in Horticulture Science from the University of Minnesota. This program is free...
The Royalton Public Library was bustling with activity on Saturday, March 7 when seven enthusiastic folks took part in a workshop to learn the art of willow basket weaving. The instructor, retired social worker Len Sharon, provided willow shoots which he harvests from wetlands near his home in rural Randall. He moved from student to student exhibiting patience and good humor. Each person left the library with a lovely basket crafted with their own hands. Photo: Instructor Len Sharon assists...
Rhonda Fochs, author of "Minnesota's Lost Towns," will be at the Royalton Public Library on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss this highly popular book. Written in a personal narrative style, "Minnesota's Lost Towns" is filled with then-and-now photos and amusing tales and anecdotes. The book is fun to read for historians, genealogists, and anyone who loves a good story. Rhonda Fochs shares stories and photos of forgotten places in Minnesota with wit...
Little Falls resident Rusty Gwost will be at the Royalton Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss and read from his newly published children's book, "Be Proud of Your Paws." Gwost is currently a teacher at the Royalton Elementary School. This event is free and open to all ages.
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...