Category Archives: Events/Programs

Julie Kramer is coming to Pine Island!

On Thursday, September 27 at 6pm, Minnesota author
Julie Kramer
will visit
Better Brew Coffeehouse

A former news producer for NBC, CBS, and WCCO-TV, Julie has won the Minnesota Book Award and the RT Book Reviewer’s Best First Mystery. She has also been a finalist for the Anthony, Barry, Shamus, Mary Higgins Clark, and Daphne du Maurier Awards. Ms. Kramer is most well known for the Riley Spartz series of mysteries set in the desperate world of television news.

For more information about Julie Kramer and her books, please visit her website.

Questions about Ms. Kramer’s visit to Pine Island? Contact the library at 356-8558 or

Calling All Gardeners!

We’d like to organize a crew of volunteers to give the flower beds outside our library some TLC on a regular basis. Examples of tasks we need help with are planting, and regular weeding and watering. Any amount of time or effort you can give is greatly appreciated!

If you’re interested in helping out, we invite you to attend an organizing meeting on

Thursday, May 31 at 6 pm at the library.

We’ll discuss responsibilities, setting up a schedule, and any other applicable topics.

If you are interested in helping with our flower beds, but cannot attend the meeting please contact the library at 356-8558 or via e-mail at

Annual Book and Yard Sale

Saturday, April 28 from 9 am to 3 pm

We’ll once again be having a book sale during the City Wide Garage Sale. Come check out the wide variety of books, magazines, CDs, audiobooks, VHSs and DVDs.

This year, we’ll also be having a yard sale. We’ve been doing some spring cleaning here at the library and want to get rid of some items we’re no longer using. We have file cabinets, bulletin boards, flower pots, magazine racks, and much MUCH MORE!

Come find some new treasures and help support the Library!

Hot Reads for Cold Nights Weekly Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of our Hot Reads for Cold Nights weekly drawings. Please stop by the Circulation Desk to claim your choice of four great prizes.

February 24
Dawn Frandsen
Diane Murray
Carman Ness

February 17
Megan Monosmith
Betty Shanks
Cheryl Simpson
Jan Sween

February 10
Hope Carroll-Rizzo
Sheri French
Diane Murray
Carman Ness

February 3
Martha Alm
Hope Carroll-Rizzo
Sheri French
Jan Sween

Join the Force!

become a member of our NEW Youth Advisory Board!

On Tuesday, January 31st at 5:30pm we will hold an introductory meeting for all Van Horn patrons between the ages of 11 and 18 who are interested in becoming members of our youth advisory board for the coming year. Pizza and drinks will be provided for those who attend.

The purpose of the YAB is to…

  • Gather and present ideas for teen programs.
  • Plan and implement teen programs.
  • Suggest new materials (books, movies, magazines, music, etc.) for the VHPL collection.
  • Help make the Library an inviting environment for Teens.
  • Participate in volunteer efforts throughout the year.

Reasons to consider joining…

  • It looks good on a college application!
  • You can help your community!
  • You’ll meet new people!
  • There’s always food at meetings!
  • It’s fun!

Questions? Joan or Morgan would be happy to answer them. Stop in, call 507-356-8558 or email us at

Hot Reads for Cold Nights 2012

Our popular winter program is back! This year, Hot Reads for Cold Nights will run from January 9 through March 2, 2012. Plus, Book Bingo is back by popular demand. The first ten people to register will win a gift. For each bingo completed, you’ll receive a Hot Reads pen or magnet and be entered into our weekly drawings for great prizes. The three people who complete the most bingos will win a grand prize. Contact the library at 356-8558 or for more information.

Storytime at Better Brew Coffeehouse

Join us for storytime at Better Brew Coffeehouse (301 N Main St) on Saturday, December 3rd at 2 pm!

Local storyteller Peter Danielson will be sharing some great books and fantastic stories with kids of all ages and their families.

We’ll also be collecting new or gently used children’s books for the pediatric cancer and diabetes units at Mayo Clinic. Don’t have any books to donate? Books will be available for purchase for $5. For every 5 books donated, Rochester Double Tree Hotel will purchase an additional book.