Update on Computer Issues

We are back open this morning and will be open for all of our normal operating hours today – (Wednesday, April 18th) 9 am to 5 pm. However, we are not quite back to “business as usual.”

We are still experiencing the same computer issues that forced us to close yesterday. This means that our public internet computers are still not available for use. Our wireless internet is working and available for use.

Our online catalog is still unavailable. This means that you still cannot search, request, or renew items – and we cannot do these things for you either. For the remainder of this week (through April 21), no fines will be charged on any items.

Finally, we are unable to access and reply to e-mails sent to our pipl@selco.info e-mail account. So if you have any questions, please contact us via phone (356-8558).

We greatly appreciate your patience as we work to resolve these computer issues and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Library Closing Early Today

Due to computer issues, we will be closing at 2 pm today (Tuesday, April 17th). We expect to be back open for business as usual tomorrow at 9 am.

Because of these same computer issues, our online catalog is also unavailable until further notice for searching, renewing, and requesting items. For the remainder of this week (through April 21), no fines will be assessed on any items.

We greatly apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please call the library at 356-8558.

Annual Book and Yard Sale

Saturday, April 28 from 9 am to 3 pm

We’ll once again be having a book sale during the City Wide Garage Sale. Come check out the wide variety of books, magazines, CDs, audiobooks, VHSs and DVDs.

This year, we’ll also be having a yard sale. We’ve been doing some spring cleaning here at the library and want to get rid of some items we’re no longer using. We have file cabinets, bulletin boards, flower pots, magazine racks, and much MUCH MORE!

Come find some new treasures and help support the Library!

Hot Reads for Cold Nights Weekly Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of our Hot Reads for Cold Nights weekly drawings. Please stop by the Circulation Desk to claim your choice of four great prizes.

February 24
Dawn Frandsen
Diane Murray
Carman Ness

February 17
Megan Monosmith
Betty Shanks
Cheryl Simpson
Jan Sween

February 10
Hope Carroll-Rizzo
Sheri French
Diane Murray
Carman Ness

February 3
Martha Alm
Hope Carroll-Rizzo
Sheri French
Jan Sween

Join the Force!

become a member of our NEW Youth Advisory Board!

On Tuesday, January 31st at 5:30pm we will hold an introductory meeting for all Van Horn patrons between the ages of 11 and 18 who are interested in becoming members of our youth advisory board for the coming year. Pizza and drinks will be provided for those who attend.

The purpose of the YAB is to…

  • Gather and present ideas for teen programs.
  • Plan and implement teen programs.
  • Suggest new materials (books, movies, magazines, music, etc.) for the VHPL collection.
  • Help make the Library an inviting environment for Teens.
  • Participate in volunteer efforts throughout the year.

Reasons to consider joining…

  • It looks good on a college application!
  • You can help your community!
  • You’ll meet new people!
  • There’s always food at meetings!
  • It’s fun!

Questions? Joan or Morgan would be happy to answer them. Stop in, call 507-356-8558 or email us at pipl@selco.info.

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 pipl@selco.info for more information.

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 http://www.selco.info. 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 (pipl@selco.info).