Category Archives: Events/Programs

Announcing our Summer Reading Grand Prize Winners!

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winners!

#1: Handmade Harry Potter Basket: Hannah Johnson

#2: Hugo and Pete’s Dragon Movie Night: Maleah Browns

#3: Harry Potter Lego Set: Greta Hemingson

#4: Secret Life of Pets and Emperor’s New Groove Movie Night: Amarah Dennison

#5: Family Game Night: Charles Nelson

#6: Disney Storybook, Wooden Puzzle, and Peter Pan Basket: Gemma Bauer

Upcoming Programs

We are very excited to announce a couple of concerts this summer!

The Magic of Celtic Music
Laura MacKenzie

Laura MacKenzie is performing July 18 at 7:00pm. Join us in the Pine Island City Hall’s Council Chamber on the 2nd floor.

“Celtic” can describe music from a number of areas, including Ireland and Scotland, regions of France, Northern Spain, Wales and Nova Scotia. “The Magic of Celtic Music” presents traditional music on a fascinating array of wind-powered instruments, including a variety of wooden flutes and tin whistles, various types of bagpipes (bellows and blown), concertina, gemshorn and voice. In a program intriguing to both youth and adults, we learn how air is transformed into music on the various wind-powered instruments and what makes the airs, dance tunes, and songs “Celtic.” We explore the rhythms of traditional Irish and Scottish dance music, and even use the voice (a wind instrument) to sing jigs and reels in Gaelic.

Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung Concert

Elisa Korenne is coming  to the Olde Pine Theatre on August 6 at 7:00pm.

Elisa Korenne is gaining a reputation for her songs about characters and events that are too fascinating for the history books, and she has mastered the art of telling those untold stories from the stage. Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung Concert is an award-winning concert series about unsung, unique, and unusual people in Minnesota history. The Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission commissioned award-winning songwriter and student of history to create Minnesota’s Ordinarily Unsung concerts and workshops to celebrate Minnesota’s 150th anniversary as a state.

We hope you can join us for these exciting singers this summer!

Escape Box

Can you escape?

Have you ever wanted to escape? Maybe you’ve gotten a group of friends together and worked on some puzzles in order to break out of a locked room. Maybe it’s just something you’ve thought about doing but haven’t found the time to go to one of the professional escape rooms. The Van Horn Public Library is happy to announce that you can do the same kinds of puzzles and unlock the secrets of an oasis under attack with our escape box!

We have a variety of time slots on Saturday, February 2 from 12-3:30pm available for you and your team to work together to solve a wide variety of puzzle in order to unlock our escape box and  escape the desert oasis. Each team will get 20 minutes to work before the desert marauders attack.

Call (356-8558), email or stop in the library and sign up today!

One Town One Title Begins

Today marks the beginning of book distribution for 2019’s One Town One Title for Pine Island! Our book selection this year is Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. The book tells the story of Santiago, the young Andalusian shepherd who dreams of buried treasure in Egypt and embarks upon a challenging and enlightening journey to find it. With all the simplicity and symbolic richness of a fable, Paulo Coelho’s novel is both a hunt for buried treasure and a spiritual quest, with a hero who overcomes trials along the way with the help of disguised teachers who guide him.

There is a variety of programs and activities planned over the next two months, so take a look at the One Town One Title website for more details!

Holiday Cards

Our Youth Library is offering all the makings for kids of all ages to come and make Holiday Cards for Veterans this December. This program was so popular last year, we just had to bring it back again for 2018!

Stop in & make a card or 2! For every 5 cards you make, your name will be put in a drawing for a fun Christmas prize pack.

Summer Reading Kickoff

We are looking forward to our Summer Reading Program’s official kickoff tomorrow, June 26, from 1-3PM here at the library. The Goodhue County Historical Society is bringing their fantastic trunk of games-throughout-the-ages for kids and parents alike to try their hand at. We will have a variety of more modern games and activities available as well.

The plan is to have the event take place on the library’s lawn, but in case of rain we will move inside to the 2nd Floor of City Hall.

We hope you can join us at this and our other Summer Reading programs!

Summer Reading is Underway!

Summer Reading has just started, but we’re already going all out! We’ve already have nearly 250 kids of all ages sign up to participate in our reading challenge. We are still accepting registrants for it, so please come in if you haven’t already!

Story Time 6/20/18What else are we doing for Summer Reading? We have story time every Wednesday at 10am through August 15. (No story time on July 4th!) Weather permitting it will be outside with fun and somewhat messy crafts so dress in washable clothes! Here are a few pictures from today’s story time where Heidi read books about construction and kids got to paint with sidewalk chalk paint and small cars/trucks.

Story Time 6/20/18We also have other programs and they start next Tuesday with our Kickoff Celebration from 1-3pm. We plan to be outside on the library’s lawn, but if the weather prevents it, we’ll be upstairs at City Hall.

There is a lot more information on the Summer Reading page of our website, so check it out!