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.


Who’s ready for another bus trip?
Yes, we are going on a trip again. Not too far away, but yet a full day. The date is Friday, May 17th. We will leave Ortonville at 8:00 a.m., pick up in Graceville at 8:30 a.m. We should be back about 6-6:30 p.m.
We will be visiting the Runestone Museum in Alexandria, then go on to the Carlos Creek Winery for our lunch ($12), wine tasting and seeing how they make it. Our last stop will be at the Design Station. Here you will have the opportunity to see the workshop and make yourself a sign to take home with you.
The only cost to you is $12 for your lunch. You must pay for your lunch at the time of signup to reserve your seat. All the other admission costs and craft costs are covered. Sign up today at the Ortonville or Graceville Public Library. Seats are limited. Big Stone County residents have the first opportunity. Put your name on the waiting list if you are not from Big Stone County.

“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.



Frank Weber has written two books, “Murder Book” and his last one is “The I-94 Murders”.   Along with murder, deception and fear, examples of real human struggle with intimacy, shame and trust are skillfully interwoven into the story. Frank works as the Clinic Director at CORE Professional Services, P.A. His work involves outpatient services and forensic psychology.  He is a Minnesota author.

Come and meet Frank Weber and hear his story about what he does, how he got into writing and what he enjoys.  He will be at the Ortonville Public Library on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Code Club for 3rd-5th Grade

The National organization of Girls Who Code is starting a club at the Ortonville Public Library. The Club will be offered to 3rd-5th Grade students…boys and girls….who are interested in learning about coding.

Tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind. While girls’ interest in computer science ebbs over time, the biggest drop off happens between the ages of 13-17.

Our clubs are fun, accessible — and they work!

The Club Facilitators will guide Club members through the curriculum, helping them to bond within the Club and learn to use computer science to impact their community.

Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all programming languages. You will work in teams to design a computer science impact project that solves real world problems you care about.

This is open to all girls and boys in 3rd-5th grade. If you have questions, please contact the library at 320-839-2494.

Sessions will be held Tuesdays after school through May 21st.  There will be NO CLASS on April 2.

Come Code With Us!

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