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Summer Reading update

Greeting Summer Readers!
We are halfway through the summer reading program at Van Horn Library! So far we have given away almost 100 prizes for completed challenge sheets, given out nearly 400 craft kits, and talked to some amazing scientists. Keep up all the good work!

There are 4 more weeks of summer reading to go, but we will continue accepting challenge sheets until school starts up again. A reminder that you can do each color sheet once, and that we do have limited prize supplies, so if we run out we will offer a different prize option.

Craft kits can continue to be picked up on Mondays from 10am to 2pm, through July 27th. We also have limited amounts of craft kits from previous weeks, so if you missed any, we do have some leftovers.

We have really enjoyed the video chats we’ve done with scientists through the Skype-A-Scientist program. We have one more scheduled chat coming up on Friday, July 10th at 10am with genetics scientist Sarah Laskey. We are also considering adding one or two more video chats, so stay tuned for more information.

Starting today (7/6), VHPL is hosting a Pine Island Alphabet Hunt on our Facebook page and Instagram! Every weekday, we will post a letter of the alphabet from somewhere around Pine Island. Families are invited to guess where we found each letter and post pictures of that letter they’ve found in other places! Don’t forget: you can send us the picture of your Pine Island Alphabet and we will print a poster of it for you!

Coming up in mid-July we will be offering a program called “Clueseum,” where teams try to solve a mystery in and around the library. Half-hour sessions will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am and 6pm starting July 14th and running through August 6th. Teams of up to 10 people can sign up for a time to come in and try their hand at the mystery! To sign up, call or email the library (at 356-8558 or respectively) starting July 7th.

We have a couple more programs we’re hoping to announce soon, but we are still working out all the details. Make sure to check our Facebook page and website for the latest information!
Happy Reading!

Updated Newsletter

Just a reminder that we will be completely closed for the next two weeks, starting Monday, March 23. This means we will discontinue curbside service for the next 2 weeks. If you have requested any items, they must be picked up by 6pm Friday, March 27th.

If you have a burning need for a new book in the meantime, please remember we have access to over 16,000 titles online through Overdrive and its Libby app. The Little Free Library is also available by the PI Pool with a variety of reading materials.

Library staff will be working from home. If you have research questions, please email or Facebook message us, and we’ll get back to you. Since we will not be at the library, we will not be able to accept phone calls or returned items in the book drops.

All items you have checked out are currently due on April 18. We hope to begin taking returns on April 13. Do not try to return items before the 13th!

One other change is that the Book Club meeting for April has been cancelled. If you have the chance to read The Feather Thief, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

We know this is difficult for you to not come to the library. We feel it, too. We can get through this together. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you back at the library as soon as it’s safe to reopen.

Available Library Services

The Van Horn Public Library is currently closed.
While we are closed to the public at the moment, we are happy to offer the following services to our patrons.
  • Ebooks & EAudiobooks through Overdrive and its Libby app. 
  • Curbside Pickup – Request specific items online, email us at or call the library at 507-356-8558. If you don’t know exactly what you want, but know you want a book from a specific genre, let us know and we will do our best to pick something out for you. 
  • Online activities and projects – Library staff will be posting interesting virtual field trips, crafting ideas, and other activities to help you keep from getting too stir crazy! Check out our Facebook page to see what we are finding.
  • Visit the Little Free Library by the Pine Island Pool to grab a book without a due date! 
Library staff will be available from 10-6, Monday-Friday (starting 3/19) to answer any questions and provide curbside services. Thank you for your understanding and support in this challenging time.