Category Archives: Events/Programs

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!

Neither Wolf Nor Dog

We are just wrapping up our One Town One Title programs this week with Kent Nerburn’s visit to talk about his book Voices in the Stones on Thursday at 7 pm at the Olde Pine Theatre. It just so happens that his book Neither Wolf nor Dog has recently been made into a movie and will be shown at the State Theatre in Zumbrota both this Friday & next Friday at 7:15 pm! You can see the film’s trailer here if you are interested.

Neither Wolf nor Dog poster

One Town One Title Event: Book Club

The library book club meets this Wednesday from 6-7pm at Betty Sue’s Better Brew Cafe. We are discussing the One Town One Title selection, Voices in the Stones by Kent Nerburn. Please join us if you can! If you have not yet gotten your free copy of the book, come on in to the library to pick one up. They are also available at Betty Sue’s & the Pine Island Bank.

Not able to make it to the book club but still interested in discussing the book? Here is a list of discussion questions created by Nerburn reader, Ann Culter:

  1. How has religion, in part, made us separate from the earth as opposed to being part of it? Have our individual rights of self worked against compassion and caring of the less fortunate?
  2. How has the lack of teaching the Native American story hurt these people, ignoring their very existence, marginalizing their accomplishments (among them, the practice of sustainability for thousands of years and looking ahead seven years), and reducing their image to caricatures?
  3. How did the boarding schools crush Native American culture? How did that affect Native American parenting? How did that cause PTSD?
  4. Do we, as descendants of white European culture, bear some responsibility for the “blood on the trail” barrier between our cultures? Are we able to acknowledge the injustices done to this culture? What is the power of acknowledgement?
  5. What continued disparity exists presently in funding of Native American programs in relationship to our own? Why?
  6. Do we fail to listen and, instead, try to push our views on others? What is the Native American view of religion?
  7. How does our society view and treat the elderly as a whole as opposed to Native Americans? Why do Native Americans serve their elders first?
  8. What is the value in an elder guiding a young one, not by violence, but by the stigma of being shamed?
  9. What lessons did Native American children learn by being solely responsible for a task? How does that differ, or does it, from our culture?
  10. What power do words have, and how is this power aided by the ability to remain silent?
  11. How has our Western way of dominance reduced our ability to see life in all things around us, compelling us to control it? Regarding sustainability and preserving the earth, air, and water, how well is that working for us? We think that we can solve everything, but can we? What about Hanford, the Valdez, the leaking pipe at Standing Rock?
  12. What are we leaving for future generations of our children? Are we leaving them in good health or in poor health with shorter life spans? What can we do individually and collectively do about this?
  13. What will you remember about this book? What will it change within you?