We are open!

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the books are so delightful,
The library is open today,
Come on in for a DVD to play!

We are open our normal hours today – 12:00-8:00. If you come & visit, be safe on the snowy roads and sidewalks!

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Van Horn Kids Care!

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Our holiday card making activity was a success! We sent out over 80 cards today that will brighten the holiday season and provide encouragement for nursing home residents, children in the hospital, veterans, and children in foster care. Check out … Continue reading

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Holiday Hours

We will be closed for the following dates for the Christmas and New Years holidays:

  • Saturday, December 23
  • Monday, December 25
  • Monday, January 1

Have a happy and safe holiday season!

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January Book Club Selection

O Pioneers

The January Book Club book is changing from Willa Cather’s My Antonia to O Pioneers, also by Cather. We should start receiving copies to read for the book club sometime next week.

If you’d like to see what our selections are for 2018, take a look at our book list. Just a reminder – we meet at Betty Sue’s Better Brew Cafe on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6pm!

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Jeanne Acker

In Loving MemoryWe are sad to share that Jeanne Acker, director of the Van Horn Public Library from 1987-2009, passed away Friday, December 1. Her funeral is on Saturday, December 8 at 12:30. Here is a link to her obituary in the Post Bulletin.

We are closing the Library at 11:30 on Saturday to allow staff to attend the service.

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November Newsletter

Interested in knowing what’s going on here at VHPL? Subscribe to our mailing list to get our newsletter – email us at pipl@selco.info to get added!

This month’s issue just got emailed today.

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Story time

We will have our last story time of the year this coming Wednesday, November 15 at 10AM. Story time will resume after the Holidays on January 10. So bring your preschooler on Wednesday for a fun time learning more about Thanksgiving and turkeys!

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Closed for Veterans Day

We are closed November 10 & 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Have a great weekend!

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Monster Contest Winners

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Book Talk: With Love to All

With Love to AllCome to a book talk on the World War I experiences of Minnesota brothers Marland and Stanley Williams on October 19. With Love to All: The World War I Letters and Photographs of Two Minnesota Brothers Marland and Stanley Williams was published by the Goodhue County Historical Society in June 2017. The talk with begin at 6 pm in the Pine Island History Center.

Assembled and published for the first time, this collection of photographs and letters by the Williams brothers is a compelling and personal narrative of army life during World War I. Upon the United States’ declaration of war in April 1917, seventeen-year-old Marland and his older brother Stanley volunteered for duty. Marland was a bandsman with the 125th Field Artillery of the 34th Sandstorm Division – among the first Minnesota units sent to Camp Cody, New Mexico, for training. His treasure trove of photographs and letters describe every aspect of the 125th F. A. during its nearly year-long training experience and journey to France. Stanley enlisted as a member of the Minnesota 151st Field Artillery, part of the legendary 42nd Rainbow Division. As one of the first units to fight in France. Battalion Sergeant Major Stanley Williamss letters give a glimpse into Rainbow Division’s combat experience as it endured many of the war’s most costly battles.

Book editor Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, granddaughter of Marland Williams, will bring these letters and photographs to life, providing an intimate, inside perspective on these principled and dedicated Minnesota brothers during a momentous period of American history. After the talk, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of With Love to All and have it signed by Ms. Gomoll.

Elizabeth Williams Gomoll is professional genealogist. She is president of the Association of Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter, and co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal. Liz is also a professional flutist, performing with the Rochester Symphony and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. When weather permits, Liz and her husband Roger find joy in flying their 1928 open cockpit biplane.

This program is sponsored by the Pine Island Van Horn Library, Pine Island Area Historical Society, Goodhue County Historical Society, and the Red Wing Shoe Company Foundation.

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