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On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! at Van Horn Public Library this summer!

Van Horn Public Library invites all area youth to participate in the 2016 Summer Reading Program, On Your Mark, Get Set, READ. To register for the program, stop by anytime during the library’s open hours from May 31st through June 11th. In addition to rewarding children for the books they read throughout the summer, the library has a full slate of engaging programs planned.

Each week, the library invites all children 3 years and up to Story Time. From June 15th through July 27th, Story Times will be held each Wednesday at 10 am. Kids will be enthralled for the entire 30-45 minute session as they listen to books, sing songs, dance, and make a themed craft to take home.

In addition to weekly Story Time, Van Horn Public Library is planning four entertaining special programs. They begin on Wednesday, June 22nd as we welcome Dazzling Dave, Yo-yo Master and performer, for a fun and entertaining show to kickoff the Summer Reading Program for 2016. Dave does all kinds of tricks and incorporates science into his presentation. The library will be spinning, rocking and rolling with Dave and his yo-yo fun! The FREE show starts at 2:00 p.m. on the lawn behind the library. (Rain location: Pine Island American Legion)

And in July Faribault’s own queen of the hula hoop, Adrienne Lee, is coming to Van Horn Public Library!  Adrienne has been hooping since 2008.  She will delight us on July 12 at 2:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Library with a 20-minute hula hoop performance set to music.  Stay after the performance to ask questions, get demos, and try out a hula hoop for yourself!  Adrienne also makes custom hula hoops and will be taking orders if you are interested in purchasing a hoop to call your very own!  (Rain location: Pine Island American Legion)

On Tuesday, July 19th in honor of the Summer Olympics, we invite everyone to exercise your body AND your brain with races, contests, puzzles, brain teasers and more at the Van Horn Library Summer Olympics! Events and games will be held both inside and out of the Library from 2pm to 3pm!

And last but not least, Van Horn Public Library invites all area youth who participated in the 2016 Summer Reading Program, Ready, Get Set, READ to our Finale Celebration on Tuesday, July 26th at 2 pm in City Park. Please join Library Director Morgan Hansen and Youth Librarian Joan Sand for games, snacks, and prizes to celebrate your fantastic reading accomplishments over the summer.

All Library programs are FREE and open to all ages. In case of special needs, please notify the library in advance so accommodations can be made.

For further information about the Summer Reading Program, contact Van Horn Public Library at 507-356-8558, pipl@selco.info, visit their website at http://pineisland.lib.mn.us, or “like” VHPL on Facebook.

About Library Legacy Funding

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. The ACHF was created in 2008 from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution. Minnesota’s 365 public libraries receive funding distributed through existing formulas to the 12 Minnesota Regional Library Systems to provide programs and services in four areas: arts (visual, performing and media), culture, literary and Minnesota history.

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Story Time Schedule – Winter/Spring 2016

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Tom Ryan, Special Guest for One Town, One Title Finale

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One Town, One Title Finale March 1st

As  the finale of  Van Horn Public Library and the Pine Area People for the Arts’ fourth annual One Town, One Title event series, all area residents are invited to attend a discussion led by Olmsted County Parks Superintendent Tom Ryan on Tuesday, March 1st. Mr. Ryan and a special guest will guide us through a conversation about survival, natural history and creatures of the night. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center, 109 3rd St SW, Pine Island.

Tom Ryan has been the Olmsted County Parks Superintendent since 2007. After obtaining degrees at the University of Minnesota Crookston and Winona State University, he spent 23 years as an Interpretive Naturalist/Outdoor Educator at Oxbow Park/Zollman Zoo and for 19 years was the director of that facility.

A life-long reader, Ryan is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys birding, hiking, and camping. He was the outdoor columnist for Rochester Post-Bulletin from 1997-2007. As well as being a sportsman who enjoys hunting and fishing, he is a Firearms Safety Instructor and a recently retired Firefighter.

For more information call 507-356-8558 or email pipl@selco.info.

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One Town, One Title Event This Weekend

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One Town, One Title Free Movie Showing This Saturday

On Saturday, February 20th, there will be a free showing of the movie A Cry In The Wild at 2:00 p.m. as part of  Van Horn Public Library and the Pine Area People for the Arts’ fourth annual One Town, One Title event series. All area residents are invited to attend. Free popcorn and beverages will be served! The film will be shown at Saint Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 214 Third Street SW, Pine Island.

The movie tells the story of thirteen year-old New Yorker Brian Robeson and his aborted trip to spend the summer with his father who works in the oil fields of Northern Canada since his divorce from Brian’s mother. Not long into the journey we see exhausted young Brian pulling himself from a remote Canadian lake. The tiny plane he managed to steer several miles after only a brief lesson lies under the icy water with its pilot dead of a heart attack. Somehow Brian has survived the crash. But gazing at the vast forest he can’t help wonder for how long. Equipped with nothing more than a hatchet and his ingenuity, he must learn to find food, shelter and a way to get home. Based on Gary Paulsen’s Newbery Award winning novel “Hatchet”, A Cry In The Wild is a family adventure at its most glorious and inspiring. Viewers can’t help but cheer on this plucky, inventive kid.

A Cry In The Wild is rated PG. There are some scary moments, so parents of very young children, please be advised.

The book selection for One Town, One Title this year is Stephen King’s 1999 best seller The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.  It tells the story of a young girl who becomes lost in the Maine woods. Free copies of the book are still available at Van Horn Public Library, Better Brew Coffeehouse and Pine Island Bank through March 1st.

And don’t forget that the Finale on Tuesday, March 1st will be a discussion led by Olmsted County Parks Superintendent Tom Ryan. Mr. Ryan and a special guest will guide us through a conversation about survival, natural history and creatures of the night. The event will take place at 7:00pm at the Senior Citizen Center, 109 3rd St SW, Pine Island.

There is no charge for the any of the events or for the books themselves and information about the events as well as a list of suggested discussion points will be included with each copy.

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Hot Reads Final Weekly Winners and Grand Prize Winners

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One Town One Title 2016 is COMING SOON!!

 

2016 One Town Poster DARKER BORDERVan Horn Public Library in collaboration with the Pine Area People for the Arts (PAPA) invites all area residents to participate in the fourth annual One Town, One Title program from January 30 – March 1. The selection this year is Stephen King’s 1999 best seller The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Free copies of the book will be available at several Winterfest events (details below) on January 30th and at Van Horn Public Library, Better Brew Coffeehouse and Pine Island Bank beginning February 1st.

In The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, horror author extraordinaire Stephen King offers a psychologically suspenseful novel about a young girl who becomes lost in the Maine woods. On a six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, nine-year-old Trisha McFarland quickly tires of the constant bickering between her older brother, Pete, and her recently divorced mother. But when she wanders off by herself, and then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut, she becomes hopelessly lost in a wilderness full of peril and terror.

As night falls, Trisha has only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, and only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fears. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox baseball games and follows the gritty performances of her hero, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. By the time her radio’s reception begins to fade, Trisha feverishly imagines that Tom Gordon is with her—protecting her from an all-too-real enemy who has left a trail of slaughtered animals and mangled trees in the dense, dark woods.

One Town, One Title 2016 will kickoff January 30th as part of Pine Island’s Winterfest celebration. Pine Island Elementary School Teacher Mark Aarsvold and Van Horn Library Board Member Kim Aarsvold will conduct a Story Time at Better Brew Coffeehouse, 301 N. Main St. at 11:30am. Former Van Horn Librarian Jan Sween will be at the Pine Island Senior Citizen Center, 109 3rd St SW, at 12:45pm for a second Story Time. Both events are free and open to the public. Free copies of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon will be available at both Story Times and at the Pine Island Golf Course Chili Feed from 5pm to 8pm.

On Wednesday, February 17th the monthly Van Horn Book Club will be held at 6:00pm at Better Brew Coffeehouse, 301 N. Main St. As always, everyone is welcome to join the group for a cuppa and an informal chat about the book and the issues it brings up about courage, struggle and survival in the wild.

Then on Saturday, February 20th at Saint Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 214 Third Street SW, there will be a free showing of the movie A Cry In The Wild at 2:00pm. Free popcorn and beverages will be served! In the film, exhausted young Brian Robeson pulls himself from a remote Canadian lake. The tiny plane he managed to steer this far lies under the icy water with its pilot dead of a heart attack. Somehow Brian has survived. But gazing at the vast forest he can’t help wonder for how long. Equipped with nothing more than a hatchet and his ingenuity, he must learn to find food, shelter and a way to get home. Based on Gary Paulsen’s Newbery Award winning novel “Hatchet”, A Cry In The Wild is a family adventure at its most glorious and inspiring.

And the Finale on Tuesday, March 1st will be a discussion led by Olmsted County Parks Superintendent Tom Ryan. Mr. Ryan and a special guest will guide us through a conversation about survival, natural history and creatures of the night. The event will take place at 7:00pm at the Senior Citizen Center, 109 3rd St SW, Pine Island.

There is no charge for the any of the events or for the books themselves and information about the events as well as a list of suggested discussion points will be included with each copy.

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Hot Reads Weekly Drawing Winners

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