Sign-up June 10th – 14th.  The program will run from Wednesday, June 19th through July 24th.

1:00 p.m. is for Preschool to 1st Grade

2:30 p.m. is for 2nd – 4th Grade.


Summer reading program will start on Thursday, June 20th and run through July 25th.

1:00 p.m.  will be for Preschool through 3rd Grade

2:30 p.m.  will be for 4th Grade and Up.

****Clinton participants, please call the Ortonville Library to sign up****

We will need a count for crafts, etc.

There is NO charge for the Summer Reading Program or for any of our Special Programs.

There will be story time, crafts, prizes, etc.  This year the crafts use a lot of recycled materials too.

Come and join us for an exciting Summer program — It’s Showtime at Your Library!

Binge Box

We have started something new here at the Ortonville Public Library.  Many times patrons want to watch all the parts of a series, or want to watch all western movies.  We have solved that problem.  We have put 5 DVD’s in a tub for you to check out.  We received the first one in today:  Nicholas Sparks movies.  There are 5 Nicholas Sparks movies in the box.  You will be able to check the Binge Box out for one week.  We have a Western one and a few others also coming.  These Binge Boxes are made up of the older movies, not new releases.  Try a Binge Box!

Congressman Peterson donates books to Big Stone County Libraries

Congressman Collin Peterson donated books from the Library of Congress to the libraries in Big Stone County…Ortonville and Graceville.  In the picture is staff Library Assistant, Jason Frank, County Librarian, Vicki Bartz, and Grant Herfindahl, Staff Agricultural Assistant to Congressman Collin Peterson.  The libraries are very grateful for the donation of books (adult, youth, children), audio books, DVD’s and board books.

Happy 30th Elmer!


ELMER DAY – MAY 25, 2019!!!
2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the first book published about the patchwork elephant Elmer. Written by David McKee, the series features over 30 picture books.
In contrast with his fellow gray elephants, Elmer is covered in colorful patchwork. The classic character allows young children to explore what makes them unique and the diversity of the community around them. Elmer’s attempt in the very first book to hide his unique patchwork results in his friends reassuring Elmer that they love him because of his differences, and not in spite of them.
The Ortonville Public Library will be celebrating Elmer Day with patchwork crafts, games, etc. for you to do.
Elmer’s Special Day revisits Elmer Day in the jungle. This time Elmer realizes that the other animals in the jungle have been left out of the celebration. Elmer declares “everyone means everyone” when it comes to Elmer Day. The message invites children to consider who they might be leaving out in their own play and friendships. Once again, Elmer stands for the celebration of self and the inclusion of all.

“My Favorite Book” presented to the Ortonville First Graders

The book, “My Favorite Book” was sponsored by Federated Telephone, Minnwest Bank, POET Biorefining, CenBank, The Ortonville Independent, Pepsi Beverages Company, CHS Border States, Ortonville Area Health Services and Mundwiler & Larson Funeral Homes.  Thank you to all the sponsors for your continued support of giving the first graders a free book.

Flat “Kamdyn” visited the library


Local patron, Trish Kramer, is taking her grandson’s “Flat Kamdyn” around town for pictures.  Kamdyn is a second grader.  Where best to go but the library where they have the “Flat Stanley” books.

The Lost Forty will be Performing!

The Lost Forty crafts beautiful arrangements of rare old folk songs entwined with the history of Minnesota. Their sources and their approach celebrate two centuries of Irish musical influence on the under-explored musical traditions of the north woods. Their show includes incredible archival photos, rich regional history and colorful stories.

Come to hear some of that good old Irish music at the Ortonville Public Library on Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m.


How Did You Find Me…After All These Years?

Minnesota authors family memoir chronicles a love story, and a family, 55 years in the making.  Follow their journey through time, and experience the love, loss, fear, hope and joy.  A couple is reunited many years after they were high school sweethearts. At the time, they had a baby girl they put up for adoption. This is the story of the two of them finding each other again and finding the daughter they had put up for adoption.

Come to the Ortonville Public Library on Saturday,  May 7th at 2:00 p.m. to hear How They Found Each Other!

Refreshments will be served by the Friends.

MN Writes MN Reads

Local authors – indie, self-published, aspiring, and mainstream – can now create ebooks and share them with readers across the state and potentially across the country using free tools provided by Minnesota libraries.

For helpful hints click here