Summer Reading Program and 4-H Program

Don’t forget! Next Thursday, June 20 at 10:30 at the library, 4-H will be here with their program, ‘Showtime at the Library (circus/clowns)’. This is free and for kids of all ages. Also, the Clinton Summer Reading Program starts at 1pm for kids preschool to 3rd grade and 2:30 for kids 4th grade and up! We look forward to seeing the kids!!!

Siama’s Congo Music

TUE, JUN 25 AT 10 AM

Feel-good sounds from the Heart of Africa.
Papa Siama & Auntie Dallas
Brimming with catchy songs and engaging stories that bring renowned musician Siama Matuzungidi’s rural Congolese culture to life, this hands-on program features Siama’s spirited singing, masterful acoustic guitar and captivating traditional African instruments like mbira and balafon as Dallas encourages everyone to sing happy songs in Kikongo, Lingala, and English, play fun shakers and have a ball dancing to Siama’s music. This charming show is especially for kids but enjoyed by all ages. Don’t miss it!

Duke Otherwise

WED, JUL 24 AT 10:30 AM

Duke Otherwise is a playful Wordsmith.
A spirited performer. A skilled Guitarist
and captivating Tap-Dancer. Using his
distinct Baritone, he sings his Hilarious
and Imaginative songs that all ages will delight in together.
From Madison, WI, Duke performs around 150 Family
shows per year; each filled with audience participation,
dancing, a vast array of musical styles, and Outrageous Fun! This is music that both the big kids and the little kids will both enjoy.

Safari Adventures Workshop

SAT, AUG 17 AT 11 AM

Hand stuff a Furry Friend, Wish on a Star, name your Friend and Take it home. Your friends even comes with a birth Certificate! This summer we will be reading ‘Safari, so Good!: All about African Wildlife’ by Bonnie Worth. You will be able to choose from 4 Safari animals; an elephant, a monkey, a tiger, and a hippo. We will only have enough room for 25 kids. Sign up will not start until July. This is for kids ages 4 and up. *WORKSHOP MADE POSSIBLE BY THRIVENT THANKS TO SANDRA GRONFELD*


Come in this summer and pick up a reading BINGO card. This is a special Bingo card. If you can get at least 3 BINGO’s before the summer is over, you will be rewarded with a prize. There are some rules that apply, but they are pretty easy. Have some fun with reading this summer and pick up your card!

Goodwill donations

I am finally done pulling books that are no longer in circulation. If you would like to come in and take a look at what has been removed from our shelves and are now out for goodwill donation, please do. They will only be out for a few more weeks before being removed forever.

Elmer Day 2019

ELMER DAY – MAY 25, 2019!!!
2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the first book published about the patchwork elephant Elmer. Written by David McKee, the series features over 30 picture books.
In contrast with his fellow gray elephants, Elmer is covered in colorful patchwork. The classic character allows young children to explore what makes them unique and the diversity of the community around them. Elmer’s attempt in the very first book to hide his unique patchwork results in his friends reassuring Elmer that they love him because of his differences, and not in spite of them.
The Graceville Public Library will be celebrating Elmer Day with patchwork crafts, games, etc. for you to do.
Elmer’s Special Day revisits Elmer Day in the jungle. This time Elmer realizes that the other animals in the jungle have been left out of the celebration. Elmer declares “everyone means everyone” when it comes to Elmer Day. The message invites children to consider who they might be leaving out in their own play and friendships. Once again, Elmer stands for the celebration of self and the inclusion of all.



As a friendly reminder, you have 2 weeks to pick up your baskets before they will go to the next person. Please be sure to pick up your prize as soon as possible. Thank you!


We had 18 adults participate and 40 kids!
Congratulations to Jennifer Smith on guessing 10,044 books in the library. She was short 4,577 as we have a total of 14,621 books. Jennifer will be taking home the ‘Life is a Garden’ pot of gardening goodies! Congratulations to Elizabeth Eustice for guessing 500 goldfish in the bowl. She was just 23 long of the 477 goldfish that were in the bowl. Elizabeth will be taking home the ‘Rainbow of Fun’ basket full of books, toys, and candy.

Bus Trip

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. This must be paid at the time of registration to hold 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.

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.

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