Library News: Royalton

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 River Regional...
WCCO television sportscaster Mark Rosen is a superb storyteller. Rosen was at the Royalton Public Library on Friday evening, Nov. 2 to talk about his book, Best Seat in the House. He entertained the audience with stories from his forty years of covering sports in Minnesota. He started the evening with the details of how he began working at WCCO. He was just 17, a high school intern, and it was the era of smoke filled newsrooms where reporters used typewriters to complete their stories. He...
Count Whackula and his assistant Miss Lynn Marie recently visited the Royalton Public Library. They thrilled the large audience with their magic tricks which included a white bunny that appeared out of nowhere and a child that was suspended in the air. The Count also reminded the children to be safe on Halloween. The show was based on popular juvenile fiction books and their characters. The library checked out all the available books on magic after the show.
Jed Anderson, the tall drummer in the Okee Dokee Brothers band, calls Royalton home. Anderson is a 2003 graduate of Royalton High School. His family continues to live in Royalton. His mother, Connie, was making brunch for the members after their performance at the Royalton Public Library the morning of Thursday, June 21. Anderson, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing met while they were attending St. John's University in Collegeville and have been making music together ever since. The Okee...
Hopper, the library’s Leap Into Reading mascot, jumped right into the picture at the Royalton Public Library’s Leap Into Reading Storytime on Wednesday, June 20. Hopper (in sunglasses) had several smaller siblings at the storytime. Branch Assistant Elizabeth Lehn (top, center) organized the group. Leap into Reading is a statewide initiative to emphasize the importance and value of reading with young children. Early exposure to books, stories and reading helps young children to...
Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota's Poet Laureate, delighted an appreciative Royalton audience on Wednesday evening, May 9. Sat in a comfortable chair, Sutphen selected poems from all of her published books. However, most of the readings came from her latest work, First Words: Poems. She read some of her current, unpublished poetry and also recited from memory works from other poets including Robert Frost. She graciously signed books, posed for photos, and visited with her fans well into the evening...
Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota's current poet laureate, will share some of her poetry at a reading at the Royalton Public Library on Wednesday, May 9 beginning at 7:00 p.m. All members of the public are invited to attend. Governor Mark Dayton named Sutphen as Minnesota's poet laureate in August 2011. Her works focus on her childhood on a family farm near St. Joseph, as well as romance and other images. This event will be sponsored by the Minnesota Cultural and Heritage Legacy Fund.
The folks who attended the Half Steps concert at the Royalton Public Library on April 17 were treated to the sounds of an a capella quartet with a few jokes thrown in for good measure. It might have been cool and rainy outside but it was warm and sunny inside the library.
The Half Steps are returning to Royalton for an evening of musical fun at the Royalton Public Library. The Half Steps have been entertaining audiences all over Central Minnesota for over 12 years. Their set lists runs the gamut from barbershop to doo wop to Elvis to Dean Martin. This event which is free and open to all ages will take place on Tuesday, April 17 from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. Come and join in the fun. This event is funded in part with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage...
The Royalton Public Library was buzzing with activity on Saturday, March 10. In addition to the normal library activities, two Legacy events were happening simultaneously. The creative energy in the room was palpable. Artist Willicey Tynes was conducting the second of his two-part oil painting class. At the end of the class the students left with completed or nearly completed 11 x 14 landscape paintings. Willicey's knowledge of painting coupled with his easy manner, charming laughter and...