Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen

joyce-sutphenIn honor of National Poetry Month, the Friends of the Red Wing Library present poet and author Joyce Sutphen on Saturday, April 26 at 10am in the library’s Foot Room. In 2011, Sutphen was named the second Minnesota Poet Laureate by Governor Mark Dayton. She has also been the recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship and a Minnesota States Arts Board Fellowship. She was a nominee fir the 2014 Minnesota Book Awards for her poetry collection, “After Words”, published by Red Dragonfly Press, located at the Anderson Center in Red Wing.

Her first book, “Straight Out of View” won the Barnard Women Poets Award. Other notable works include “Naming the Stars,” and “Coming Back to the Body/.” Sutphen’s poems have been published in Poetry, American Poetry Review. Atlanta Review, Minnesota Monthly and Water-Stone, as well as other anthologies.

Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm near St. Joseph, MN and currently lives in Chaska, MN. She holds a doctorate in Renaissance drama from the University of Minnesota, and has taught British literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, MN.

There will be a book signing following her presentation. This program is free and open to the public. There will be refreshments, door prizes and a bargain sale of poetry books. For more information, call Lois Burnes, 651-388-6465, or the Red Wing Public Library 651-385-3673.

April Tween Book Club on Monday!

runny babbitThe April edition of the Tween Book Club will be meeting this Monday, April 12th at 5:30 PM!  April is National Poetry Month, so our theme for this month is books in verse.  Wait, what?  Poetry is boooooring?  No way!  Remember Sarah Sylvia Cynthia Stout who would not take the garbage out?  Or the kid who tried to sell his sister?  I thought so.  Shel Silverstein and his fellow authors-in-verse are all win!  Of course, not all poetry is funny – for you serious types who like to wear black clothes and thick glasses, there’s a ton of deep, meaningful stuff too (where does the sidewalk end?).

When we’re done book talking, I’ve got all the stuff to make some DIY magnetic locker poetry and you guys can create silly poems with some of the cool magnetic poetry the library has too – we’ve got original, haiku, zombie, and pirate!magnetic poetry

Don’t have a book to read?  Grab one of these suggestions from our April book list!  I loved Locomotion, and I’m reading Orchards right now – it’s super good.

See all of you word lovers on Monday evening!

Creative Cultures Saturday Morning Jam!

maracas 2Join us this Saturday, April 12th in welcoming Larry Swenson and his Creative Cultures program* to the library!  Put your dancing shoes on and join us for a musical mix of Mexican and Norwegian culture and pizzazz at this fun family program.  Larry will be teaching us new songs and dances from around the world, and he’s also bringing along some pretty cool artifacts from other cultures for everyone to experience.

This program is new to the library, and I can’t wait to see what Larry has in store for us!

Creative Cultures will begin at 10:30 AM in the Foot Room this Saturday morning.  All ages are welcome at this children’s program.  We can’t wait to dance with you!

*This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


tea setGenee was the winner of our drawing for the month of March, taking home a tea set for one and a collection of teas, chocolate, and shortbread.  It was an easy win; all she had to do was read any romance book and fill out a brief summary to be entered into the drawing.  Historical romance was highlighted for the month of March and Genee selected one of the new titles the library purchased.

Romantic suspense is being highlighted for the month of April and the library is running several promotions to go along with it.  Firstly, once again if you read any type of romance book and fill out a summary you will be entered into a drawing.  Prizes for this month include a variety of romantic suspense books autographed by the authors and a boxed set of books by Lori Foster.

Secondly, the library is running a Blind Date With a Book promotion.  If you select one of the wrapped romantic suspense books on our display this month you can be entered to win a real date consisting of $50.00 in Applebee’s gift cards and two free movie passes to Red Wing Cinema 8.  Enter both contests and walk away with all kinds of free stuff.  See how much fun romance can be?