Penguin Random House has launched their Summer Book Scoop Sweepstakes—offering patrons a chance to win one of three $500 gift certificates for their library to host an ice cream social for the community.   Enter now at:                              CONTEST ENDS JULY 10, 2017     MUST BE 18 TO ENTER

Make sure you enter Ortonville Public Library and if your name is selected, the library will host an ice cream social for everyone in Ortonville!


The Ortonville Public Library was the recipient of the YALSA Grant TTT (Teens Top Ten). We have received one copy of every book on the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominees books! We are really excited to have been chosen as one of the 50 libraries nationwide to receive these. All books will be available for you to read so you can vote on the best teen books for 2017 starting in August.
On behalf of the Ortonville Public Library, I would like to thank YALSA for offering this grant. I love writing the grants that will benefit the libraries in Big Stone County. One of the best things to happen for our libraries is to have Dollar General locate in Ortonville. They have partnered with ALA and YALSA to offer so many grants to libraries. The only requirements are your library needs to be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, and the Librarian applying must be a member of ALA and YALSA, of which I am a member. Please thank the manager of Dollar General when you are at the store. Vicki

Encourage teens to read the 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominees over the summer! Voting starts August 15! Haven’t checked out the nominees yet? View the video below!


The 2017 Summer Reading Program “Reading By Design” will run from June 21-July 26.

Registration will start on June 9.  This year we will have two sessions.  One group will be 4th grade and up at 1:00 p.m.

on Wednesdays and the other is preschool (age 3) to 3rd grade at 2:30.

We are doing things differently this year.  We will have different “Maker Spaces” stations for the children to

interact with during their time.  We want them to design, create, build, show us their hidden talents!

On July 5th, Lego Guy will be returning to have them build a construction vehicle or a building.  Awards program will be

held on July 25th with BBq’s, chips and watermelon for the participants in the summer reading program, their families

and grandparents to come and see all their projects they created over the summer.  Prizes will be awarded to all

participants.  Of course, all participants will have to read books too!  Prizes will be given out based on time read.



JACK & KITTY will be at the Ortonville Public Library on Wednesday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Jack and Kitty are one of the most in-demand musical duos in North America. Specializing in “organic vaudeville folk”, this Emmy Award winning duo love to perform concerts nationwide. The Minneapolis Star Tribune hailed them as “one of the most entertaining groups in the midwest.”

The program is open to everyone.


Amazing Jeffo will be at the Ortonville Public Library

on Friday, June 9 at 12:30 p.m.

Amazing Jeffo blends the mystery of magic with the benefits of reading, all into a fun-packed program. He’ll captivate children and adults alike with his warm, humorous personality, and they’ll be taking home valuable object lessons too, such as:

  • Having a respect and appreciation of people’s differences
  • Rising above life’s challenges
  • And using their talents and abilities for other

Program is open to everyone.

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.


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