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.


On June 17th, we will be doing Marbled Shaving Cream Prints for the Summer Reading Program.  You MUST be registered to attend.  Please contact the library at 320-748-7332 if you want to attend.

We’ll be using food coloring and shaving cream to make colorful abstract designs which are then stained and printed onto sheets of paper.

Dress for a mess: “Paint shirts,” aprons, and/or any clothes you’re not overly attached to are advised!

DVD’S Available!

We have weeded out our DVD’s to make room for the new ones.  They are out on the shelf for you to choose and make a goodwill donation to our Summer Reading Program.   Stop in today while there are many to choose from!

New in Today!

New Adult Fiction book in today is “The Good Sister” by Sally Hepworth.

From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one and Fern is the quirky one. But the sisters are devoted to one another and Rose has always been Fern’s protector from the time they were small.

Fern needed protecting because their mother was a true sociopath who hid her true nature from the world, and only Rose could see it. Fern always saw the good in everyone. Years ago, Fern did something very, very bad. And Rose has never told a soul. When Fern decides to help her sister achieve her heart’s desire of having a baby, Rose realizes with growing horror that Fern might make choices that can only have a terrible outcome. What Rose doesn’t realize is that Fern is growing more and more aware of the secrets Rose, herself, is keeping. And that their mother might have the last word after all.


Sign up at the Graceville Public Library for the 2021 Summer Reading Program.
Program starts June 17th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Program ends on July 29.
Children ages 5 and Up
Call or stop in to the Graceville Public Library and reserve your spot. 320-748-7332.


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Adult Basic Education is coming to the Graceville Public Library!

Steven Sterud, instructor, will be coming on the second Friday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Adult Basic Education includes assistance with GED or High School Diploma, ESL Skills, basic computer or keyboarding skills, resume assistance, locate and apply for jobs, prepare for the MN written driving test, internet research, and Microsoft Office.  He will also be able to help you with your Chrome Book, Ipad, digital camera, and more!

Everything is individualized and self-paced.  Open to anyone who is 17 years old and older.  All assistance is FREE!

Please call the library to register at 320-748-7332 or you may contact Steven at 1-320-760-6613 if you have questions.  You will be required to wear a mask and social distance while in the library.

Food For Fines

Do you owe fines?  Bring in some food for the Food Shelf in March.  We will reduce your fine up to $5.00.  Each item you bring in is $1.00.  No Sardines or Ramen Noodles please.  Support your local food shelf during the month of March.


I have been talking with the instructor, Steve Sterud, with Adult Basic Education.  Currently Steve is at the Ortonville Public Library every Friday afternoon from12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  We are talking about offering a session once a month to start with.  A survey is available at the Graceville Public Library for you to complete.  We would like to know what area(s) you would be interested in.  They offer:  1) preparation for the GED; 2) Learn ESL (English is as a Second Language) Skills; 3) Learn or enhance basic computer or keyboarding skills; 4) Create, edit, and post your resume; 5) Locate and apply for jobs; 6) Prepare for the MN Written Driving Test; 7) Conduct Internet Research: 8) Improve your Microsoft Office proficiency; 9) Chrome books, iPads, Digital Cameras, and more!   This is all individual and self-paced.  Open to anyone who is 17 years of age or older.  Please take the time to stop in and complete a survey.  If you cannot do that, please call the library and let us know what you are interested in.  Once we have an idea as the needs, we will try to get something scheduled.  Please call 320-748-7332 or contact me if you have any questions.  Until we have this set up, you are welcome to come over to Ortonville for assistance.


We are offering a Sock Puppet making program to all children ages 4-13.  All materials will be included in your kit except for a scissors.  A link to a step-by-step guide on how to make will also be included.  This program is FREE!  We need to order so we need preregistration.  Deadline to order your kit is Tuesday, December 8, 2020.  Please call the library at 320-839-2494 to reserve yours.  Quantities are limited!

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