Library Assistant II—Ortonville Public Library

Position: Library Assistant II

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs library circulation activities (checking materials in and out)
  • Administers opening and closing procedures
  • Assists patrons in locating items in the library
  • Shelves returned items and pulls requested ones
  • Provides instruction on use of library facilities, resources, and equipment

Candidates must be willing to work in both Ortonville and Graceville as needed.  Must also have flexible schedule and able to work mornings and evenings, and rotating Saturdays.

Candidates must be willing to do the children’s programs.

Minimum qualifications: High school diploma (or equivalent,) 6 months related experience, and basic computer skills.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to walk, stoop, crouch, reach, lift, grasp, talk, hear, and see. Some light lifting and carrying may be required up to 25 pounds.

Hours: Approximately 18-21 hours per week to start

Starting wage: $12.15 per hour

Application Deadline: June 3, 2022 or until position is filled

Application forms available at

Please submit a resume and application form to Ortonville Public Library or email Vicki Bartz at


We have a new craft kit for Spring!  This is a 3D sign.  It includes the wooden cutout, stencil, paints, etc.  Everything you need to do the project is included.  These kits were made by The Design Station in Alexandria, MN.   They are free!  This is a Minnesota Legacy project.   Kits are limited and will be given to Big Stone County residents first.   Stop in and pick yours up today.



March is Food Shelf month.  The Ortonville Public Library will waive $1.00 of fines for each item of food you bring in.  Maximum of $5.00 per person.  Even if you don’t have fines, bring in food items to help the Food Shelf during the month of March.


The Ortonville Public Library will be changing their hours of operation beginning on December 1, 2021. The new hours will be:
Monday – Thursday 10:00 am to 6:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m.
We are open the same number of hours just opening one hour earlier and closing one hour earlier the beginning of the week. If you have questions, please contact the library at 320-839-2494.

Tablets for Memory Loss

The Big Stone Area Memory Loss Connection recently applied for a Federal CARES grant. The grant was to be used for providing technology to those who don’t have access.

With these funds the BSAMLC purchased tablets for individuals and caregivers to use who are dealing with memory loss. There are two apps on the tablets for Caregivers. One is TEEPA which is an educational site for caregivers. The other is the Minnesota Caregivers site. There is information available on how to recognize dementia, memory loss, alzheimers, etc. These resources will be able to answer a lot of questions for the Caregivers.

For the individual with memory loss, there are lots of Brain Stimulation and Mind Games. It has been proven by doing these games the progression of the disease is slowed.

Laura Thomas, Director of Aging Well with Prairie 5, will be conducting one-on-one tablet classes beginning on September 16th at 1:00 p.m. at the Ortonville Public Library. If you are in need of assistance, please contact Laura at 320-269-6578.

There are four tablets at the Ortonville Public Library and two at the Graceville Public Library. Each packet contains the tablet, a user guide, adapter, charge cord and a stylus. You may check these out at the Library. You will need to complete two documents to use the tablets.

1) BSAMLC Lending Agreement. The Lending Agreement lays out the rules of using the tablet. 2) BSAMLC Cares Grant Registration. This covers information they need for the CARES Grant. This information is used for demographics only. No private names or addresses will be used.

If you are interested in using one of these tablets with someone with memory loss and/or for your own educational purposes, please contact or stop by the Ortonville Public Library 320-839-2494 or the Graceville Public Library 320-748-7332.

The two libraries are very grateful to have these and to be distribution centers for the Big Stone Area Memory Loss Connection tablets.


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We have three T-Mobile wifi hotspots available for checkout.  They are available for checkout for 28 days.  You do need to have a valid library card in order to checkout.  Instructions will be given to you when you pick up.   Please call the library at 320-839-2494 to reserve one.  They will possibly work within a 10 mile radius of Ortonville.

Accessing Your Account

If you are wanting to order items now while the library is not open, you will need to set up your account.

Here are the instructions on how to do this:

How to Set Your Password on the Online Catalog:

  1. go to
  2. Click on “My Record”
  3. Enter Your Name: (Only first name is required)
  4. Enter Barcode: (Do not leave any spaces between numbers)
  5. Enter your Patron PIN: (Leave this field “Blank”)
  6. Click on the “SUBMIT” button
  7. Enter your new PIN. (Should be at least 8 characters long. Create a PIN you can remember, the staff cannot see your PIN)
  8. Enter your PIN a second time.
  9. Click on the “SUBMIT” button

To see a graphic on how to set your password, go to this link.

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