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Publisher Withdraws E-books from OverDrive

On Monday, OverDrive (the company supplies that Van Horn Public Library and most other libraries with free e-books for checkout and download) announced that a major publisher, Penguin Group, has withdrawn permission to loan their new titles through libraries. Titles affected by this decision are all new titles for all platforms (Nook, Kindle, iPad, Sony, etc). Penguin titles that have already been made available for download through OverDrive will continue to be accessible.

For more information about Penguin Group’s announcement and what it means, we encourage you to visit SELCO’s (our regional library system) website at On the front page, you will find many blog entries explaining Penguin’s decision and its implications.

If you have questions about OverDrive, e-readers, or e-books in general, feel free to contact us via phone (356-8558) or e-mail (

Wanted: New Library Board Member

Would you like to give your input on the services offered at Van Horn Public Library? If so, we encourage you to apply for the open Library Board seat.

The Van Horn Public Library Board of Trustees is looking for a new member. This person may represent the City of Pine Island, Dodge, Goodhue or Olmsted County for a three year term to begin January 2012.  Board meets once a month or as needed on the 3rd Monday of the month, at 7 p.m.  Interested parties may pick up an application at the library or download it. Applications are due back to the library by Wednesday, November 30th.  Please contact Director Morgan Hansen with any questions via phone (356-8558) or e-mail (

Kindle E-Books Now Available for Download through OverDrive

Kindle users, the day you have been waiting for has arrived! As of today, Kindle e-books are now available for download for free through Overdrive. To browse and download these e-books, go to Click on the Kindle icon on the left side of the screen to browse titles available as Kindle e-books.

If you have any questions about e-books, e-readers or Overdrive, please contact us at or 356-8558.