All Pioneerland Library System locations are closed until further notice due to the governors stay at home order. Pioneerland Library System is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds. We will keep you informed of any additional changes in our operations as this situation continues.

Please do not return items to the libraries at this time. Due dates for all materials have been extended. You will not incur any fines.

Library Update

At the Board meeting last evening for Pioneerland Library System, the following was approved :

Exec/Finance Committee passed a motion stating PLS staff are not allowed to be in libraries working on other projects etc. at this time. Library administration will notify us when we are allowed to return to the library. This is based on concern for the health and safety of staff as well as concerns regarding liability.

Currently, the library will be closed through the end of March. However, this date is fluid and may be extended due to existing conditions.

The book drop. Do not attempt to return your materials to the library at this time. Due dates have been extended to April 8th and they will not incur any fines. When we do reopen all materials returned will be backdated to that date.

I will continue to share links that other librarians and companies are providing to us to help you keep your children educated and entertained.

These are trying times for all. Thank you for your understanding. Keep reading! Remember ebooks are available on Overdrive and Libby. All you need is your library card to get an account.

If you do have any serious questions, please email me at

Stay safe!

Cindy Wilson – Minnesota Author

“The Beautiful Snow: The Ingalls Family, The Railroads, and the Hard Winter of 1880-81” by Minnesota author Cindy Wilson.

Cindy will be at the Ortonville Public Library on Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m.  The “Beautiful Snow” weaves the historical record around and through Wilder’s fictionalized account. From the tireless efforts to dig out the railroad blockades, to lavish oyster parties, to carefully spun boosterism, The Hard Winter comes to life with extraordinary tales of survival, resilience, and defiance that adds rich context to Wilder’s beloved novel.
This is a MN Legacy program. Open to everyone. Books will be available for sale. Refreshments will be served.


Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. we will be showing the newly released “Frozen II” at the Ortonville Public Library.  Please join us….open to everyone.  Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Library.


Jan Block with Erik Block wrote “The Life of Ellie”.  She will be at the Ortonville Public Library on Saturday, March 28th at 10:30 a.m.   The story is about a boy named Carson who falls in love with a big stuffed pink elephant named Ellie.  Come and listen to Jan talk about her book.  She will have copies available for purchase.  Jan is the daughter-in-law of Becky and Neil Block from Ortonville.  Program is open to everyone.  Refreshments will be served.

Movie Saturday

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020    10:30 A.M.

OPEN TO ALL CHILDREN (and adults)!

Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Library


We will be having an in-house and online Usborne Book Party February 3-8th during regular hours at the library.  Stop in and take a look at all the new items.  The Library is doing the matching one-for-one grant for free books for the Library.  Help support your local library and purchase some books for your kids!  You are also able to order online if you cannot get into the library.  The link for our party is


We will be having a Papermaking program at Don Sherman’s Studio at 221 2nd Street SE, Ortonville.  Come and learn how to make paper! Program will cover entry level papermaking methods and materials. Please dress appropriately as the process can be wet. You will take home 2+ sheets of handmade paper. Preference will be given to Residents of Big Stone County . You MUST call and sign up at the Library to be included. 320-839-2494

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.

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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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