We will be having an Usborne Book Sale Wednesday, July 25 through Friday, July 27th.  Hours on Wednesday and Thursday will be 11 – 7; Friday will be 12 – 5.  Come and check out all the new released books and activity books.  All purchases help the library to get free books!



FREE bus ride and tickets into the show.  The show is Saturday, August 11, 2018.

This will be outside from 9-5 p.m.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Food is available on the grounds.

To sign up, you need to come to the library.  Registration will start on July 3rd.

Bus leaves Graceville at 6:30 a.m. and Ortonville at 7:00 a.m.

4H Summer Children’s Program

The Big Stone County Extension Office/4H will be doing a children’s program each month at the Library.

The dates are:  June 28, July 26, and August 16 at 2:00 p.m.   The program is open to all children.


The Summer Reading Program will be held on Wednesday, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25.

July 11th we will have special guests for the program from Prairie 5/Head Start

Times are:  2:00 2nd – 4th grade; 3:00 Preschool – First grade

This year’s theme is “Reading Takes You Everywhere!”

We have stories, activities, games, and snacks planned for each week.  Come and join us!

The Local Extension Office and 4-H will be doing special programs on June 28, July 26 and August 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Summer Reading Program Kickoff!


BALLOON SQUAD USA – Sioux Falls, SD – June 13th at 2:30 p.m.Extreme balloon show with Twisted Chik and Murray the Monkey.  Children will enjoy dancing and singing.  There will be large balloon costumes for all ages in this interactive show.  Following the show their will be balloon twisting creating wearables, carryables, and hats.  Also Airbrush Tattooing will be done.  These are temporary and a fun way to express yourself.

Mark your calendars!



Cary lives in Rosemount, MN.  He has written four books.  The fifth book, “Gunflint Burning” comes out on May 8th.  He will have a PowerPoint presentation to show.  He will be talking about his first book, “Lost in the Wild: Danger and Survival in the North Woods”.  This is a true story.  In 1998, a 22 year-old canoeist, was leading a trip deep into Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Paark.  He stepped into a gap among cedar trees to look for the next portage–and did not return.  Three years later, a third-year medical student walked alone into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on a a fall day.  He trekked in for two days.  He stepped away from his campsite and made a series of trivial mistakes.  He was lost!  Enduring days without food or shelter, these men faced the full harsh force of wilderness.

Cary will be at the Ortonville Public Library on Thursday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m.  The program is open to the public.  He will have his books for sale also.  “Lost in the Wild” will be $10 and “Gunflint Burning” will be $20.  Cash or check only, no credit cards.  Thank you

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 .


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