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.



Sign-up June 10th – 14th.  The program will run from Wednesday, June 19th through July 24th.

1:00 p.m. is for Preschool to 1st Grade

2:30 p.m. is for 2nd – 4th Grade.


Summer reading program will start on Thursday, June 20th and run through July 25th.

1:00 p.m.  will be for Preschool through 3rd Grade

2:30 p.m.  will be for 4th Grade and Up.

****Clinton participants, please call the Ortonville Library to sign up****

We will need a count for crafts, etc.

There is NO charge for the Summer Reading Program or for any of our Special Programs.

There will be story time, crafts, prizes, etc.  This year the crafts use a lot of recycled materials too.

Come and join us for an exciting Summer program — It’s Showtime at Your Library!

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!

Congressman Peterson donates books to Big Stone County Libraries

Congressman Collin Peterson donated books from the Library of Congress to the libraries in Big Stone County…Ortonville and Graceville.  In the picture is staff Library Assistant, Jason Frank, County Librarian, Vicki Bartz, and Grant Herfindahl, Staff Agricultural Assistant to Congressman Collin Peterson.  The libraries are very grateful for the donation of books (adult, youth, children), audio books, DVD’s and board books.

“My Favorite Book” presented to the Ortonville First Graders

The book, “My Favorite Book” was sponsored by Federated Telephone, Minnwest Bank, POET Biorefining, CenBank, The Ortonville Independent, Pepsi Beverages Company, CHS Border States, Ortonville Area Health Services and Mundwiler & Larson Funeral Homes.  Thank you to all the sponsors for your continued support of giving the first graders a free book.

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.

For helpful hints click here