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Legacy Amendment funding to bring color to Slayton Library

January 22, 2011
By Cindy Votruba

Instead of using part of a Legacy Amendment grant to build up library programs, Slayton Public Library head librarian Sharyl Larson wanted to add a little splash of color to the building's interior.

The library recently received funds from a grant that was awarded to the Plum Creek Library System and a Minnesota-based artist will paint a few murals inside the building this spring.

These grants were made possible by the passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment by a vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

Larson said an idea for the murals have been in the works for some time.

"I've wanted to do something in our children's area,' Larson said.

Larson said there has always been pictures hung up in that spot, but she wanted something permanent. The library has a collection of American Girl dolls, so she thought about a mural depicting them.

"Those walls are empty, (I thought) we should do something besides hang pictures," Larson said.

That kind of got Larson thinking about doing something else connected to that era, such as the establishment of Slayton as a city.

A couple of historical aspects of Slayton - the old courthouse and the Dinehart and Holt house were listed as possibilities, Larson said.

"We discussed all of this," Larson said.

Assistant librarian Becky LeTendre had filled out an application to get the funding, Larson said. The Friends of the Slayton Library and small private donations also helped fund the project, Larson said.

"We wanted to do something that's longer-lasting," Larson said.

A Twin Cities artist, Greg Preslicka, is creating the murals for the Slayton Library, Larson said. He has done work for Nabisco, General Mills and painting the Burnsville YMCA. He was also recently featured on KARE 11.

"We wanted him to dress it up," Larson said.

Larson said Preslicka has come up with a few design concepts and she's hoping he will start work mid-March. The art department at Murray County High School is invited to come to the library while Preslicka works on the mural.

"He really likes to work with art students," Larson said."We're hoping it turns out wonderfully."



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