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Curbside pickup

Curbside pickup starts today! Drive up and pop your trunk, then call the library at 356-8558. We’ll bring your books and movies out to you. You don’t even have to leave your car. If you have library materials to return, please have them in your trunk or drop them off at the returns by our main door.

We look forward to seeing you M-F from 10-6!

Updated Newsletter

Just a reminder that we will be completely closed for the next two weeks, starting Monday, March 23. This means we will discontinue curbside service for the next 2 weeks. If you have requested any items, they must be picked up by 6pm Friday, March 27th.

If you have a burning need for a new book in the meantime, please remember we have access to over 16,000 titles online through Overdrive and its Libby app. The Little Free Library is also available by the PI Pool with a variety of reading materials.

Library staff will be working from home. If you have research questions, please email or Facebook message us, and we’ll get back to you. Since we will not be at the library, we will not be able to accept phone calls or returned items in the book drops.

All items you have checked out are currently due on April 18. We hope to begin taking returns on April 13. Do not try to return items before the 13th!

One other change is that the Book Club meeting for April has been cancelled. If you have the chance to read The Feather Thief, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

We know this is difficult for you to not come to the library. We feel it, too. We can get through this together. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you back at the library as soon as it’s safe to reopen.

Shelter in Place & the VHPL

Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz has issued a statewide shelter-in-place order that starts on Friday at 11:59pm and will continue through Friday, April 10. You can read more about his order on his website.

What does this mean for the Van Horn Public Library? 

Following this order means we will be completely closed 3/30-4/10/2020. Our staff will not be in the building, and we will not be able to supply curbside services. At this time, we do not know if we will be offering curbside pickup after this order expires on April 10.

Any items currently checked out are now due on April 18.  

Please remember we have access to over 16,000 titles online through Overdrive and its Libby app.

You can also get books (without a due date!) from the Little Free Library by the Pine Island Pool. 

We will post more information about resuming library services when we know more and have updates. Thank you for your understanding and support in this challenging time.

Available Library Services

The Van Horn Public Library is currently closed.
While we are closed to the public at the moment, we are happy to offer the following services to our patrons.
  • Ebooks & EAudiobooks through Overdrive and its Libby app. 
  • Curbside Pickup – Request specific items online, email us at or call the library at 507-356-8558. If you don’t know exactly what you want, but know you want a book from a specific genre, let us know and we will do our best to pick something out for you. 
  • Online activities and projects – Library staff will be posting interesting virtual field trips, crafting ideas, and other activities to help you keep from getting too stir crazy! Check out our Facebook page to see what we are finding.
  • Visit the Little Free Library by the Pine Island Pool to grab a book without a due date! 
Library staff will be available from 10-6, Monday-Friday (starting 3/19) to answer any questions and provide curbside services. Thank you for your understanding and support in this challenging time.

Census 2020

Did you know that Minnesota is in danger of losing a seat in the US House of Representatives?

The 2020 Census is quickly approaching. The Library will be dedicating a computer so anyone coming in can fill out the census survey. If you have questions about the census and its importance, City Council member Kelly Leibold will be here weekly to answer them!

Starting April 1, we will have a computer dedicated to filling out census surveys. We hope everyone in Pine Island takes part in the Census so we are truly represented in Washington DC! Take a look at MN’s 2020 Census website to learn more.

Census Questions answered Thursdays from 6-8pm at the library in March & April.