Who’s ready for another bus trip?
Yes, we are going on a trip again. Not too far away, but yet a full day. The date is Friday, May 17th. We will leave Ortonville at 8:00 a.m., pick up in Graceville at 8:30 a.m. We should be back about 6-6:30 p.m.
We will be visiting the Runestone Museum in Alexandria, then go on to the Carlos Creek Winery for our lunch ($12), wine tasting and seeing how they make it. Our last stop will be at the Design Station. Here you will have the opportunity to see the workshop and make yourself a sign to take home with you.
The only cost to you is $12 for your lunch. You must pay for your lunch at the time of signup to reserve your seat. All the other admission costs and craft costs are covered. Sign up today at the Ortonville or Graceville Public Library. Seats are limited. Big Stone County residents have the first opportunity. Put your name on the waiting list if you are not from Big Stone County.

“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.

Flat “Kamdyn” visited the library


Local patron, Trish Kramer, is taking her grandson’s “Flat Kamdyn” around town for pictures.  Kamdyn is a second grader.  Where best to go but the library where they have the “Flat Stanley” books.

The Lost Forty will be Performing!

The Lost Forty crafts beautiful arrangements of rare old folk songs entwined with the history of Minnesota. Their sources and their approach celebrate two centuries of Irish musical influence on the under-explored musical traditions of the north woods. Their show includes incredible archival photos, rich regional history and colorful stories.

Come to hear some of that good old Irish music at the Ortonville Public Library on Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m.


How Did You Find Me?

Minnesota authors family memoir chronicles a love story, and a family, 55 years in the making.  Follow their journey through time, and experience the love, loss, fear, hope and joy.  A couple is reunited many years after they were high school sweethearts. At the time, they had a baby girl they put up for adoption. This is the story of the two of them finding each other again and finding the daughter they had put up for adoption.

Come to the Ortonville Public Library on Saturday,  May 7th at 2:00 p.m. to hear How They Found Each Other!

Refreshments will be served by the Friends.



Frank Weber has written two books, “Murder Book” and his last one is “The I-94 Murders”.   Along with murder, deception and fear, examples of real human struggle with intimacy, shame and trust are skillfully interwoven into the story. Frank works as the Clinic Director at CORE Professional Services, P.A. His work involves outpatient services and forensic psychology.  He is a Minnesota author.

Come and meet Frank Weber and hear his story about what he does, how he got into writing and what he enjoys.  He will be at the Ortonville Public Library on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Code Club for 3rd-5th Grade

The National organization of Girls Who Code is starting a club at the Ortonville Public Library. The Club will be offered to 3rd-5th Grade students…boys and girls….who are interested in learning about coding.

Tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind. While girls’ interest in computer science ebbs over time, the biggest drop off happens between the ages of 13-17.

Our clubs are fun, accessible — and they work!

The Club Facilitators will guide Club members through the curriculum, helping them to bond within the Club and learn to use computer science to impact their community.

Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all programming languages. You will work in teams to design a computer science impact project that solves real world problems you care about.

This is open to all girls and boys in 3rd-5th grade. If you have questions, please contact the library at 320-839-2494.

Sessions will be held Tuesdays after school through May 21st.  There will be NO CLASS on April 2.

Come Code With Us!

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.


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 .


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