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No more overdue fines!

The Van Horn Public Library is pleased to announce that we are eliminating overdue fines for all of our items starting on January 1, 2020. The Library’s Board of Trustees approved this change at their December 2019 meeting as a way to increase access to library materials for everyone in Pine Island. 

“I have heard of more than one family who does not use the library because of the threat of overdue fines. Hopefully with this new policy, these families will see the library as a great resource for them for both recreational and educational materials,” said Rachel Gray, Library Director. 

 Many libraries across the country have gone fine free in recent years and the outcomes have been positive. Many report that they have a more welcoming and friendly reputation in their communities. Others say that they have more library materials returned since patrons are not worried about having to pay fines.

The Van Horn Public Library joins both the Brownsdale and Rushford Public Libraries in going fine free in SE Minnesota. “We are thankful that other nearby libraries have blazed a trail for us to follow,” Gray said. 

Next time you’re in the library, please consider supporting this new policy by using the donation boxes at our circulation desks. 

While the library is eliminating overdue fines, patrons are still responsible for fees associated with the replacement of lost or damaged books and other materials they check out. Library users will also be expected to pay any overdue fines that are accrued for items from other libraries in the SELCO region.

Thank you for the donations!

Give to the Max Day - November 14, 2019

Thank you to everyone who has donated money to the Van Horn Public Library during Give to the Max Day on the 14th. We are close to our goal and hope you can help us out! So far, we have raised $905. Can you help us get to $1000 or even higher? Give to the Max may be one day, but our fundraising campaign goes through the end of the year. Every dollar goes to the library and is put into a foundation account to save for our future. 

Thank you for supporting the library!

Give to the Max Day

We are participating in Give to the Max Day for the first time this year. Please consider donating to the library as we look to the future and the possibilities it holds for us! Follow this link and click on “Donate” to give online. If you would prefer to write a check, please make it out to SELCO Foundation and write Van Horn Public Library in the memo line before dropping it off or mailing it in.

Thank you all for your continued support!



What do you think?

We are working on a Strategic Plan this fall and we need your input! Please take a few minutes to fill out our Community Survey and let us know what direction you see us going.  No library experience or knowledge required.

Free Notepad

You can fill out the survey online or come in  for a paper copy of the survey here at the library. Either way, ask library staff for a small notebook as a thank you from us to you!

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