The Friends of the Ortonville and Graceville Public Library are serving a meal before William Kent Krueger’s appearance on Thursday, October 6th at 5:30 p.m.  The meal consists of pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, chips and dessert.  This is a free will donation to support the libraries.  Come and have a great meal and then settle back to hear William Kent Krueger.


William Kent Krueger will be at the Clinton Memorial Building on Thursday, October 6th at 6:30 p.m.  The program is free and open to the public.  William Kent Krueger is the author of the Cork O’Connor books based in Minnesota.  Come and meet the New York Times best-selling author.

M.E. Fuller, Minnesota Author

The Ortonville Public Library will be hosting M.E. Fuller, Montevideo author, on Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m.  She has written “Saving the Ghost” and has started a cozy mystery series.  The first book in the “Filthy Dirty Garden Gloves” series is “Blood on the Bridal Wreath”.   Come and support our local author.

Wine Bottle Painting

The Ortonville Public Library is offering a free Wine Bottle Painting class on Tuesday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m.  Christy Puetz, Graceville artist, will be leading the class.  You will need to bring a clean, empty wine bottle.  If you do not have a wine bottle, please tell us when you sign up, we will get you one.  Call the library to sign up for this fun class!  320-839-2494


We are doing a teen painting class on June 27th at 2:00 p.m.  The program is for 12-18 year old to participate.  Here are the pictures we have available for painting.  Give us a call at the library to signup and tell us your picture preference.   There are seven (7) pictures to choose from.  320-839-2494.


The Ortonville Public Library is doing a Reading Challenge for all Children and Teens. The Challenge starts on June 1 and runs through August 27th. Each person (ages 3-18) will keep track of the minutes they read each day on calendars we will provide you. At the end of each month, turn in your calendar for prizes. At the end of August, when all calendars have been returned, we will award a bike in a drawing from those who turned in calendars for all three months. We will award two bikes. Stop down to the library and pick up your calendar today for the month of June. This  Reading Challenge is made possible by a grant from Rural Library Network and Save the Children.

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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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