The Ortonville Public Library will be changing their hours of operation beginning on December 1, 2021. The new hours will be:
Monday – Thursday 10:00 am to 6:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m.
We are open the same number of hours just opening one hour earlier and closing one hour earlier the beginning of the week. If you have questions, please contact the library at 320-839-2494.


Ortonville Friends of the Library have found a great gift idea for the holidays for friends and family. We have joined up with Walnut Grove Mercantile this holiday season to bring you some old-fashioned, mouthwatering fresh fudge, made with real cream and butter! With each purchase that you make, half the money will go to the library to purchase take and make craft kits.  We are  currently selling now at the library if you are interested in putting in an order. 1/2 lb boxes sell for $6 and 1/2 lb sugar-free are $10.   Please make payment at the time you order.  What flavors do you want?


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We are doing the Christmas Centerpieces again.  The dates are Thursday, December 16th at 5:30 p.m. or Saturday, December 18th at 9:30 a.m.  This program is FREE!

It is a Minnesota Legacy Program available to all Big Stone County residents first.  If you live outside the area, your name will be put on the waiting list.  There are 20 spots open for each session.


We are starting a Teen Book Club With Sadie!

The first session will be Wednesday, November 3rd from 3:30 – 4:30.

Open to all 7th – 12th graders.

Teen Book Club for all 7th – 12th graders. First book will be “The Hazel Wood” by Melissa Albert.
Free pizza and pop for all who would like to join us.  Please call the library to register, 320-839-2494 by November 2nd.
Sadie Packard will be your leader.


Tablets for Memory Loss

The Big Stone Area Memory Loss Connection recently applied for a Federal CARES grant. The grant was to be used for providing technology to those who don’t have access.

With these funds the BSAMLC purchased tablets for individuals and caregivers to use who are dealing with memory loss. There are two apps on the tablets for Caregivers. One is TEEPA which is an educational site for caregivers. The other is the Minnesota Caregivers site. There is information available on how to recognize dementia, memory loss, alzheimers, etc. These resources will be able to answer a lot of questions for the Caregivers.

For the individual with memory loss, there are lots of Brain Stimulation and Mind Games. It has been proven by doing these games the progression of the disease is slowed.

Laura Thomas, Director of Aging Well with Prairie 5, will be conducting one-on-one tablet classes beginning on September 16th at 1:00 p.m. at the Ortonville Public Library. If you are in need of assistance, please contact Laura at 320-269-6578.

There are four tablets at the Ortonville Public Library and two at the Graceville Public Library. Each packet contains the tablet, a user guide, adapter, charge cord and a stylus. You may check these out at the Library. You will need to complete two documents to use the tablets.

1) BSAMLC Lending Agreement. The Lending Agreement lays out the rules of using the tablet. 2) BSAMLC Cares Grant Registration. This covers information they need for the CARES Grant. This information is used for demographics only. No private names or addresses will be used.

If you are interested in using one of these tablets with someone with memory loss and/or for your own educational purposes, please contact or stop by the Ortonville Public Library 320-839-2494 or the Graceville Public Library 320-748-7332.

The two libraries are very grateful to have these and to be distribution centers for the Big Stone Area Memory Loss Connection tablets.


The Addressing COVID Related Learning Loss HelpNow Workshop will take place on
Tuesday, September 14 at 7 PM CST/8 PM EST
Brainfuse is excited to present our learning focused workshop with Dr. Danny Diaz, Ed. D., the director of the UCLA History-Geography project.
With all the conversations about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on “learning loss” how can parents manage their stresses and fears in order to provide the kind of support our youth need at this moment? Drawing on his experiences in education and recent research, Danny Diaz will discuss how we can best address concerns around learning loss.
This is a free workshop geared toward the public however staff are welcome to attend as well. The workshop will be recorded and added to the Brainfuse HelpNow website for those who cannot attend live/would like to review.
Speaker bio:
Danny Diaz is the Director of UCLA History-Geography Project and a former high school history teacher, as well as the former director of Project Deviate, Inc., a non-profit he founded to support foster youth in the San Gabriel Valley. As Director of the UCLA History-Geography Project, Daniel provides professional development opportunities, workshops, and institutes for K-12 history-social science and ethnic studies teachers that emphasize local history and are guided by social justice and cultural responsiveness. Daniel’s research interests include the impact of local history on student engagement, the K16 continuum, and how to best support history teachers new to ethnic studies.
The email address requirement is for the registration confirmation, reminder, and post-workshop survey. We will not be marketing directly to patrons or using their contact information for any other purposes.
Join Brainfuse HelpNow, Dr. Diaz, and [name of library] for a free online workshop addressing COVID related learning loss on Tuesday, September 14 at [enter time in your zone 5PM PST/8 PM EST]. Drawing on his experience and research, Dr. Diaz will answer the question, “how can parents manage their stresses and fears in order to provide their children?” #BrainfuseCommunity #WhatLibrariesDo #COVIDLearningLoss #OnlineTutoring #HelpNow #LibrariesTransform


HelpNow: As the school year comes to an end, connect to Brainfuse to prepare for your upcoming finals.Take a practice test in SkillSurfer and connect with a tutor to review your results and build your skills. #Brainfuse #HelpNow #WhatLibrariesDo #BrainfuseCommunity #OnlineLearning #HomeworkHelp #Finals #PracticeTests #OnlineTutoring


We have three T-Mobile wifi hotspots available for checkout.  They are available for checkout for 28 days.  You do need to have a valid library card in order to checkout.  Instructions will be given to you when you pick up.   Please call the library at 320-839-2494 to reserve one.  They will possibly work within a 10 mile radius of Ortonville.

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