As this class was postponed, we have now rescheduled to MARCH 19, 2019  from 5-7 p.m.  Come as you can.  You will get to paint and stencil a wooden box.  Project takes about one hour to do.   We ARE taking signups.  Cost of the class is $40 payable at the time of signup.  Class will be limited to 30 participants.  All materials are provided to you to make and stencil the box.

LEGO Quilt winner

Cindy Van Dover was our winner of the LEGO Quilt made by the Hands Across Big Stone Lake Quilt Guild.  Cindy’s son, Paul, is a LEGO lover.  He has lots and lots of LEGO’s.  He is now displaying this quilt in his room!

The Friends of the Library made $370 on the raffle for the quilt.  Thank you to all who supported the Library by purchasing a ticket.

Bus Trip

We are taking another bus trip on Saturday, December 15th to Alexandria.  We will be seeing the show “The Magical Medora Christmas”.  Bus will LEAVE Ortonville at 3:45 and Graceville at 4:15.  We will stop in Alexandria for something to eat before we go to the show.  Show starts at 7:30 and will end at 9:00.  Please call the library, 320-839-2494, to get signed up!

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.

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 .



The Mystery Book Club meets the last Monday of each month at noon at the Library.

For the month of May, they will be reading “Everything You Want Me To Be” by Mindy Mejia.  Stop in to pick up a copy and join the club.

Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community.

First Graders Receive Book

The First Graders at Ortonville Public School were presented With “My Favorite Book” by Ortonville Chief of Police Jason Mork and Vicki Bartz, County Librarian.  The book is made possible by the sponsors:  Federated Telephone, CHS Border States, Steven G. Winther, D.D.S., Saputo, Minnwest Bank, Pepsi Beverages Company, Poet Biorefining, CenBank, Ortonville Area Health Services and The Ortonville Independent.  The first grade teachers are Lynn Keller and Heather Eastman.  The picture is courtesy of Mike Swenson of the Ortonville Independent.


We have someone who is willing to come and supervise Building Club each Thursday afternoon after school from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  The program will start Thursday, October 18th.  Bring your children to the Library and build!

The program is for all children preschool – 2nd Grade

Come and build!

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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