Cards For a Cause

The Friends of the Ortonville Library are selling “Cards for a Cause”.  This program is part of Usborne Books.  There are five (5) different boxes of cards available for purchase at a cost of $30 plus tax each, $32.06.  There are 30 cards in each box….$1.00 a card!   The Holiday box has 50 cards in it for the $30….less than $1.00 a card!  Proceeds will be used to purchase new books from Usborne.  Please contact a Friend of the Library member or stop in the library to order.  If you would like to order on line you can at

Card Making Class

Want to learn how to make a snowflake or winter themed card? Then call the library at 320-839-2494 to sign up to do this. You will get to take home a card you make. Other examples will be show. Techniques, tools and supplies will be shared. This is a Minnesota Legacy program. No cost but you must call and signup. No walk-ins. Limit of 25 participants. Big Stone County residents have priority.

Thanksgiving Camel Puppet Show

Sandy Hanson, local author, will be doing her puppet show on Saturday, November 23rd from 10:30 to 12:00.  Program is open to all.  Stars will be made and star cookies served.  Open to all ages.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

If you have a child age birth up to Kindergarten, stop in and sign up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  Parents or others read to the child.  Keep track on your reading sheet of the books.  For each 100 books read, you will receive a prize.  Upon completion, you receive a brand new hard cover book, certificate, and a medal.  If you have questions, either stop in to the library or call 320-839-2494.

Christmas Centerpiece

Kandi Hamann from the Ortonville Flower Shop will be having a class for you to make your Christmas centerpiece.  The program will be held on Friday, December 20th at 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, December 21st at 10:00 a.m.   There is a limit of 25 for each class.  You will be using greens, evergreens, pine cones, fresh flowers and some decorations.  Signup is required.  Please stop in or call the Ortonville Library at 320-839-2494 to sign up.  This is a Legacy program so there is no cost to you.

The picture is just that….a picture.  You will not be making this exact centerpiece.


Former resident, Barbara Hoffbeck Scoblic, will be at the Ortonville Public Library on Wednesday, October 30th at 7 p.m.  Barbara currently lives in New York.  She has written her memoir called “Lost Without the River”.  Please join us to welcome Barbara back to Ortonville for a visit.  The Friends of the Library will be providing refreshments.

Author and Norwegian Reality Show Participant – Ruth Hetland

Come for a fun and free presentation on the Norwegian reality show, “Alt for Norge!” In 2014, Ruth Hetland was invited on the adventure of a lifetime when she joined a cast of twelve people on this popular, award-winning reality show. Skiing on the tallest mountain in Norway, performing in a singing contest on Syttende Mai, learning secrets of her ancestors, and exploring ice caves were some of the day-to-day activities. You’ll see some clips from the show, hear a few stories, and Ruth will also share a reading from her 2018 book, “Writing with a View of the Grave”.  Presentation at 2:00 p.m. at the Ortonville Public Library.  Refreshments will be served.


Code Club

Lisa Brandenburger will be starting a six (6) week class on Coding on October 1st.  The class will be for any third, fourth and fifth graders who are interested in learning how to code.  Please call the library to sign up.  320-839-2494.  Class is limited to a maximum of 10 students.   Classes will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 each Tuesday through November 5, 2019.

“Lake Agassiz: The Rise and Demise of the World’s Greatest Lake”


Did you know that where the top of the hills are on the SD side in Big Stone City and in Ortonville use to be part of Lake Agassiz?  We are in the beach area of what was Lake Agassiz.  Come and hear Bill Redekop at the Ortonville Public Library on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  He has lots of history to share about our area and Lake Agassiz.

Refreshments will be served by the Friends.

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!

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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