About Us


Dyckman Library 1908 and books that were included in the donation of the library.

The city of Sleepy Eye has a splendid public library, the gift of the late Francis H. Dyckman, who established the first bank in Sleepy Eye. It was founded on the same plan as the Andrew Carnegie libraries – the donor gave the building, provided the people who annually tax themselves for the books and maintenance of the property. The building was built in 1900, and was then dedicated in May of 1901.

Main Entrance/Addition and New Addition Plaque.

Our Linus statue was dedicated on September 23, 2003.

It was made possible by donations and the Sleepy Eye Area Foundation, Inc.


Ish-Tak-Ha-Ba – on display in the original part of our library.

Ish-Tak-Ha-Ba, or Sleepy Eyes, was a Sioux warrior who went to Washington, D.C in the summer of 1824 with an Indian delegation. His name was found on the treaties of 1825, 1830, 1836 in the Mankato, MN region. Charles Bird King painted the chief in Washington, D.C. in 1824. C.F. Flood, president of Advertising Unlimited of Mankato, MN, was in Stuttgart, for the Nation Waterfowl Festival. He happened onto a craft and carving displays of James and Carolyn Cushing, and was impressed.

He commissioned Cushing to do this very exacting statue, which will be permanently exhibited in the town of Sleepy Eye, MN. Chief Sleepy Eyes was and is a 6’1 Indian warrior, and Cushing carved the statue out of cherry wood.


Andrew Kelton – Director

Our Library Director, Andrew Kelton, started in November 2014.

His favorite part of his job is getting to order new material for the library.

Andrew is married and has three daughters!