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.


The Graceville 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 final prizes. 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.


The Summer Reading Program will start on Thursday, June 16 at 1:00 p.m. at the Library in Graceville.  The program is open to all children ages 3-12. The theme this year is “Read Beyond the Beaten Path”. We have lots of activities, events, etc. lined up for you. Stop into the library to sign up for the program.

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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