November Newsletter

Interested in knowing what’s going on here at VHPL? Subscribe to our mailing list to get our newsletter – email us at to get added!

This month’s issue just got emailed today.

Posted in News | Tagged | Comments Off on November Newsletter

Story time

We will have our last story time of the year this coming Wednesday, November 15 at 10AM. Story time will resume after the Holidays on January 10. So bring your preschooler on Wednesday for a fun time learning more about Thanksgiving and turkeys!

Posted in Events/Programs | Tagged | Comments Off on Story time

Closed for Veterans Day

We are closed November 10 & 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Have a great weekend!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off on Closed for Veterans Day

Monster Contest Winners

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Monster Contest Winners

Book Talk: With Love to All

With Love to AllCome to a book talk on the World War I experiences of Minnesota brothers Marland and Stanley Williams on October 19. With Love to All: The World War I Letters and Photographs of Two Minnesota Brothers Marland and Stanley Williams was published by the Goodhue County Historical Society in June 2017. The talk with begin at 6 pm in the Pine Island History Center.

Assembled and published for the first time, this collection of photographs and letters by the Williams brothers is a compelling and personal narrative of army life during World War I. Upon the United States’ declaration of war in April 1917, seventeen-year-old Marland and his older brother Stanley volunteered for duty. Marland was a bandsman with the 125th Field Artillery of the 34th Sandstorm Division – among the first Minnesota units sent to Camp Cody, New Mexico, for training. His treasure trove of photographs and letters describe every aspect of the 125th F. A. during its nearly year-long training experience and journey to France. Stanley enlisted as a member of the Minnesota 151st Field Artillery, part of the legendary 42nd Rainbow Division. As one of the first units to fight in France. Battalion Sergeant Major Stanley Williamss letters give a glimpse into Rainbow Division’s combat experience as it endured many of the war’s most costly battles.

Book editor Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, granddaughter of Marland Williams, will bring these letters and photographs to life, providing an intimate, inside perspective on these principled and dedicated Minnesota brothers during a momentous period of American history. After the talk, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of With Love to All and have it signed by Ms. Gomoll.

Elizabeth Williams Gomoll is professional genealogist. She is president of the Association of Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter, and co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal. Liz is also a professional flutist, performing with the Rochester Symphony and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. When weather permits, Liz and her husband Roger find joy in flying their 1928 open cockpit biplane.

This program is sponsored by the Pine Island Van Horn Library, Pine Island Area Historical Society, Goodhue County Historical Society, and the Red Wing Shoe Company Foundation.

Posted in Events/Programs | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Book Talk: With Love to All

Job Opening

Joan Sand, our Youth Librarian for the last 6+ years, has decided to work closer to home and her last day here at the Van Horn Public Library is Friday, September 22. All of us here at the library will miss her and wish her all the best in the future!

The position of Youth Librarian/Assistant Director is therefore open and we are currently accepting applications. Take a look at the job posting & position description on our Job Openings page.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Job Opening

Closing early tomorrow

We are painting upstairs at the library tomorrow, so we will be closing at 12:00. Come on in Monday to check out our fresh walls!

Posted in News | Comments Off on Closing early tomorrow

Closed Labor Day Weekend

The Library is closed September 2-4 to celebrate Labor Day with our friends and family. We look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday, September 5!

Posted in News, Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off on Closed Labor Day Weekend

Final Week Of Summer Reading July 24 – 29

Van Horn Public Library to host

Celebrate Your World

Finale Party

Tuesday, July 25th at 2pm

at Trailhead Park

Celebrate all of your fantastic summer reading accomplishments!

Play games, enjoy treats and win prizes!

Summer Reading Grand Prize Winners announced, too!


Finale Summer Story Time

Wednesday, July 26th at 10am


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 contact Van Horn Public Library at 507-356-8558,, visit their website at, or “like” VHPL on Facebook.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Final Week Of Summer Reading July 24 – 29

Book Club Reminder

We have book club tonight at Shawna’s Cafe on Main Street. I look forward to seeing you there to discuss The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson at 6:00!

Want to join us next month? We will be discussing Devil in the White City by Eric Larson on August 9.

Posted in Events/Programs | Tagged | Comments Off on Book Club Reminder