Lego Guy and Max Coming to Library

Lego - OrtonvilleThe Lego Guy and his mascot Max will be at the Ortonville Public Library on Saturday, June 4 from 2-5 p.m.

He will talk about Lego’s a little bit and then there will be two programs the children will get to participate in.  The first program will be Towering Heights. The kids are given a certain amount of time to build the tallest tower possible.  The tower has to incorporate creativity and has to be able to stand on its own.  Kids can work alone or in teams.  The tallest tower built to date in a workshop has been 7 feet tall! The second one is American Ninja Brick Warrior.  A team building exercise designed for the 2016 Summer Reading Program where kids work together to build an obstacle course for the LEGO people to get through.

The Lego Guy is being sponsored by the Friends of the Ortonville Public Library.

Parents may also sign their children up for the Summer Reading Program that afternoon too.

Library Card Changes

FROM YOUR HEAD LIBRARIAN:  Effective May 1, 2016 a change will be coming 
to Pioneerland Library System.  The change is going to affect those 
patrons who are a resident of another County outside of Pioneerland
who use the Ortonville Public Library.  Before May 1 (if possible)
you will need to go to a library within the library system in which
you live and get a library card if you do not already have one.
In the State of MN, you are to have a library card from the library 
system in which you reside. This will include all vacationers who
stay at the lake during the summer.  You will need your library
card from your home library system in order to use the Ortonville
Public Library.  This change will not affect those residents who
live in Grant County, SD.  All of this is coming about because of 
new changes with the changes in Overdrive eBooks and eventually 
MnLink.  If you have any questions about the new change, please give 
me a call in Ortonville at 320-839-2494 and I will be glad to 
explain to you why this needs to be done. 
Vicki Bartz, Head Librarian

April is “Donate Life” Month

Susan - donate lifeSusan Minahan Borgerson will be at the Ortonville Public Library on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

Susan will speak about the loss of their daughter, Kayla Jo, in 2008 due to a car accident.  Kayla Jo had indicated she wanted to be a donor on her driver’s license.  Come and listen to Susan’s story about their family’s travels through this process, meeting some of the recipients and what you can do.


ABC Mouse Now Available Free At the Library

abc-mouse1 With more than 4,000 interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities,’s award-winning online curriculum is the most comprehensive online educational resource for young learners (ages 2–7+). From Age of Learning, Inc. Free for use in our library.

Come into the Library and check it out.   We will help you get started.




Coloring and Chocolate (hot) will continue in  October of 2016!

Every other Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Dates will be announced in September!  Come and join us for a relaxing, fun time!




“My Favorite Book”

The First Graders at James Knoll Elementary School in Ortonville were presented their own copy of the book “My Favorite Book”.  Presenting the books to the students were Jason Mort, Police Chief and Vicki Bartz, Head Librarian.  The book was sponsored by local businesses:  Conroy Eye Care-Dr. Christopher J. Conroy, Steven G. Winther, D.D.S., CHS Border States-Ortonville, Minnwest Bank, Ortonville Area Health Services, Pepsi Beverages Company-Ortonville, Saputo, Federated Telephone and The Ortonville Independent.  As part of National Education Week, today, November 18, 2015, was Pajama Day at school so all staff and students were to come to school in pajamas!  Thank you to Mrs. Eastman and Mrs. Keller and Mr. Stattelman for letting us come to the school and present these students with their book and to all the sponsors for making this possible.First graders - 3


Emma, Kadyn and me - 3

K-6 grade cards - 2

Mrs. Spors class - 2







The winners of the drawings were Emma Anderson and Kadyn Gronholz!

The middle picture is a picture of the 1-6th grade of the Ortonville Elementary School.  The Kindergarten was gone on a field trip so was not able to be in the picture.  They are holding up their new library cards or their library cards if they already had one!

The third picture is Mrs. Spors 2nd grade class who had the highest percentage of returned applications for library cards.  They won a pizza party from S & D One Stop in Ortonville.

Congratulations to Mrs. Spors class and to all of you for getting new cards!  We are so happy to see all of you at the library when you come to visit us with your new cards.