A partial solar eclipse will be seen in our area on August 21, 2017.  We are partnering with NASA to do different activities leading up to the event and for the day of the event.  Here is a link for you to read some information about solar eclipses and safety information.  If you would like to travel to an area where you can see the total eclipse, a map is also included to show you the path and where to be at what times.


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Robotics is held each Thursday after school from 3:30 – 5:00 for all children in grades 3 and up.  Come and learn about Robotics and build one to actually get it to move!  Sponsored by the Big Stone County Extension Office and 4-H with help from POET and Ottertail.


Building Club is held each Thursday afternoon after school from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

The program is for all children preschool – 2nd Grade

Come and build!

Mystery Book Club – Allen Eskins

The Mystery Club is reading The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens, a Minnesota author, for the month of January.  He is the USA Today-bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another and The Heavens May Fall. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Rosebud Award, and the Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar® Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award, and the Minnesota Book Award. His debut novel, The Life We Bury, has been published in 16 languages and is being developed for a feature film.

Allen has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University. After law school, he studied creative writing in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University-Mankato.  Allen grew up on the hills of central Missouri. He now lives with his wife, Joely, in out-state Minnesota where he has been a practicing criminal defense attorney for 25 years.

The Life We Bury tells the story of Joe Talbert, a junior at the University of Minnesota, who receives a class assignment to write a biography of someone who has lived an interesting life. At a nursing home he meets Carl Iverson, a man dying of cancer who has been medically paroled after spending thirty years in prison for the murder of a fourteen-year-old girl. Carl agrees to tell Joe his story, and Joe sets out to unravel the tapestry of the thirty-year-old murder.

The Mystery Club will meet at 12:00 noon on January 30, 2017 to discuss the book.  If you would like to join the group, stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book.  I am working with Allen to get him here in May.  Right now he has a deadline for his fourth book he has to meet so we will have to wait until


Christian Book Club – Cadee Brystal

January Christian Book Club is reading the book “Wide Open Spaces” by Holli Seehafer writing as Cadee Brystal.  Holli is a local author from Milbank, SD.  She is an author of contemporary Christian fiction with romance. Holli is blessed with two teenage daughters, a wonderful husband, and aging parents.  This is Book One in a four book series called “Lessons of Love in Miller’s Bend”.  The story takes place in a friendly, small town on the plains of South Dakota.  The characters are just regular people who, like you, live, laughter, love, and do the best they can to leave the world a bit better than they found it.

Holli will meet with those who read the book in January to discuss.  The library has 12 copies available for those who would like to read and be part of the Christian Book Club this month.  Please contact the library for a copy.  The book club will be meeting on Tuesday, January 31st (NOTE DAY CHANGE) at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the book.   At 7:00 p.m. Holli will do a public book talk on her 4-book series, how she got started writing, and her publishing.  There is no charge for the program.  Everyone is welcome to come!


2016 Teens’ Top Ten Books

1. Alive by Chandler Baker.
2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
3. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough.
4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.
6. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone.
7. The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu.
8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. 
9. When by Victoria Laurie.
10.Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls. By Lynn Weingarten.


national-coloring-book-day-august-2Come to the Ortonville Public on Tuesday, August 2 from 11-7 to help us celebrate National Coloring Book Day!  Coloring sheets will be available for all age.  If you haven’t tried coloring, come and see how much fun and relaxing it can be.  Coloring is fun!


Wabasha caves and gangster tour bus trip - Ortonville

Sign up at the library.  You will need to pack a sack lunch.  Bus leaves the Ortonville Library at 6:45 A.M. on Wednesday, September 7.