Fairy or (Whatever you want to Make) Gardens

The Ortonville Public Library is offering you a chance to make a fairy, farm, gnome, whatever type of garden you would like to make.  We will have a class on Saturday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m.  The class will be limited to 25 people only.  Children are also encouraged to come and make a garden but must be accompanied by an adult.

The Library will provide the container, the soil, the sand, moss, some rocks, blue and white sand, seashells, black, white and clear flat round stones.  Anything else you want in your garden, you will need to bring yourself.  Please call the library to sign up as soon as possible to reserve your spot.  320-839-2494


Allen Eskens

Allen Eskens, author and former criminal defense attorney, will be at Fairway View on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

Allen has written and published three books based in Minnesota:  The Life we Bury, The Guise of Another and The Heavens May Fall.  He has a fourth book that will be coming out this fall titled The Deep Dark Descending.  Allen is from the Mankato area.

This program is a Minnesota Legacy program and is sponsored by the Ortonville Public Library.  Please support your local library and attend the event with Allen Eskens.


The Tasty Book Club invites you to a free-will donation potluck at the Ortonville Public Library on Thursday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m.

They are reading the book, “Hot Dish Heaven” and will be making recipes from the book (oldies but goodies) to share with you.

Author, Jeanne Cooney from MN, will also be in attendance and will talk about her books and what it is like growing up in Northern MN.

Come and join us and support your local library.



Who wants to look for Easter Eggs?

The Ortonville Public Library will be doing their Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m.

We will do in groups of the preschool first, 1st-4th graders and then the older ones.

We have “Special Eggs” this year.  Each child will get one egg that has a slip of paper for a special prize.

Come and hunt for your Easter Eggs!


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.


solar eclipse


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 then.life-we-bury


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