Category Archives: Events/Programs

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.

Donate Books for Young Mayo Clinic Patients

Help us collect books for Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services, which will benefit pediatric cancer and diabetes patients at Mayo Clinic.

From now until December 15, drop off new or gently used children’s books (infant through young adult) at the locations listed below.

Don’t have any children’s books to donate? Books will be available for purchase for $5 at Van Horn Public Library.

The Rochester Double Tree will purchase one book for every five donated by the community.

Help provide hours of enjoyment and distraction to Mayo Clinic’s youngest patients!

Drop Off Locations:
Van Horn Public Library
Better Brew Coffeehouse
Barnes and Nobles (downtown Rochester location)
Rochester Double Tree

Halloween Fun at Van Horn


On Wednesday, October 26th at 10am and 2pm, we will have two special Halloween Story Times. Wear your costume and get a special treat!



Help us solve the Mystery of the Missing Librarian from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Thursday, October 27th! Something fishy is going on in the Youth Library and we need help finding all the clues, searching all the nooks and crannies and putting together all the facts of the case! And the best part is there’ll be pizza and other snacks when we find her! Sign up at the Youth Library desk to attend (limit 20) or call 507-356-8558.