A Grandchild/Grandparent Book Signing

An event never held before is planned for the Ortonville Public Library November 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

At 5:30 author, Michael J. Larson, will describe how his new book “The First Advent, Stories and Activities” became a reality.  Following that the author will read several pages from the Advent book.  Then the fun begins!  Each grandchild and grandparent team will receive an activity page from the newly released book.  When the author says “go” all paired participants will complete the activity as quickly as possible.  The winning team will win a free autographed copy of “The First Advent, Stories and Activities”.

If the grandparent cannot attend, it will be legal to substitute another adult for the missing grandparent.  If the grandchild lives far off and cannot attend, any child ten years old or younger can take their place.  All other interested persons are also welcome to attend the book signing.  They will just not be eligible to take part in the contest.

Come and enjoy the fun and go home with a book guaranteed to extend the Christmas holiday celebration another twenty-five days!




Calling all heroes! Join your pals from Nick Jr.’s PAW Patrol and Top Wing for 6 weeks of exciting missions! Whether they’re rolling out to save the day with the PAW Patrol or earning their wings with Team Top Wing, the Nick Jr. Library Adventure program is designed to show even the littlest heroes that anything is possible when you work together!

The Nick Jr. Library Adventure program is being offered to libraries free of charge. This 6-week program is to run Saturday, October 27, 2018 through Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.. We will receive branded signage, including but not limited to posters, rack cards, and other informative material; activity sheets and activity booklets, crayons, and books for the kids; and additional branded PAW Patrol and Top Wing items. The program also includes suggested activities for kids to:
  • Learn about First Responders with PAW Patrol
  • Discover their neighborhood with PAW Patrol activity sheets
  • Join in a scavenger hunt and learn more about the Top Wing characters
  • Read along and participate in team building activities with Top Wing


The Friends of the Ortonville Public Library are sponsoring a teddy bear workshop for Halloween.  This program will be held at the Ortonville Public Library on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  The program is open to all children ages 3-10.  There are only 25 spots.  Please call and reserve your teddy bear now!  320-839-2494  and tell us which of the three animals shown below you want to do.  Children will also bring home the book “Shivery Shades of Halloween”.  This program is free but is limited to 25 children!

LEGO Quilt Raffle

The Hands Across the Lake Quilt Guild made the Ortonville Public Library Friends a quilt for us to raffle off.

Raffle tickets are $1.00 each.  The quilt is big enough for a double bed.  Tickets are available at the Library and from Friends members.

Drawing will be held on November 30, 2018.  Need not be present to win.

Proceeds will be used towards a new circulation desk in the library.


Do you have a story to tell? Do you wonder if your children and grandchildren will know the simple things, fun things, exciting things, etc. in your life? Would you like to learn how to do it? Angela Foster, sister to Candace Simar, will be presenting a workshop called “Write Your Life”. There will be 2-three hour sessions given at the Ortonville Public Library. The sessions, in Ortonville, will be on Monday, October 15th at 12:00-3:00 p.m. and Wednesday October 17th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  This is a Legacy program and will be completely FREE to do.
Angela Foster is a poet and memoirist who teaches creative writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
Through the use of free writes and prompts, she will help you begin putting those memories on paper. You will learn practical ways to create stories your family will enjoy for generations.
SIGNUP IS REQUIRED. Please call the library to register.  320-839-2494


Future Ready With Your Library – 6TH AND 7TH GRADERS AND PARENTS

Mitch Reed, former teacher at Southshore/Waverly and current principal at Duebrook Elementary, Wrote the book Cardboard Confessionals.  He did a project with his Sociology class that involved answering anonymously seven questions.  When the students in the high school answered the questions, they deposited them in a cardboard box in the cafeteria.  This project changed the lives of the students and the teacher.  The students left with a clearer, deeper understanding of what their peers encounter socially and emotionally on a daily basis.

The Ortonville Public Library received a Future Ready With Your Library grant.  The grant is for middle school students.  This year we are going to start with the current sixth and seventh graders and their parents.  Attending this event and listening and working with Mitch Reed is the first segment of the grant.  The second part will be on the skills needed for a job.  Included will be going on a mock job interview with a current business owner.  The third part will be on what you would like to do for a career.  Individuals, who currently work in that field, will come and talk with you about your choice.  You will also be provided with other choices you may not have thought about.

April 23rd, we will start at 6:00 p.m. with a FREE meal for you.  Following that, Mitch Reed will talk and answer questions.  In order to plan for the food, we do need you to RSVP at the Library 839-2494 by Friday, April 20th.  We really hope to see all the 6th and 7th graders and their parents in attendance for this program.

We are currently building a team of community people who would like to work with us on this grant.  If you would like to be a part of this great opportunity to work with and guide our students, contact the Ortonville Public Library at 320-839-2494.


The Tasty Book Club meets at 8:30 a.m the last Friday of the month.   We meet at different restaurants in the area.  One of the recipes in the book is made by the restaurant for us to enjoy while we discuss the book.

For the month of May they are reading “By Cook or by Crook” by Maya Corrigan.  We will be meeting at 8:30 Friday, May 25th at the Alley Cat Lanes for some Strata!


Take one burned-out city girl. Add a crusty codger, a pinch of gossip, and a dash of romance. Stir in a generous helping of murder and you’ve got the ingredients for one truly delicious mystery. .


The Christian/Inspiration Book Club meets the last Thursday of the month at 5:15.

For the month of May they are reading:  “It Had To Be You” by Susan May Warren.  Stop at the library to pick up a copy of the book and join us.


Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits―and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen .


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.

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