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most other libraries with free e-books for checkout and download) announced that a major publisher, Penguin Group, has withdrawn permission to loan their new titles through libraries.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 (

Storytime at Better Brew Coffeehouse

Join us for storytime at Better Brew Coffeehouse (301 N Main St) on Saturday, December 3rd at 2 pm!

Local storyteller Peter Danielson will be sharing some great books and fantastic stories with kids of all ages and their families.

We’ll also be collecting new or gently used children’s books for the pediatric cancer and diabetes units at Mayo Clinic. Don’t have any books to donate? Books will be available for purchase for $5. For every 5 books donated, Rochester Double Tree Hotel will purchase an additional book.

Donate Books for Young Mayo Clinic Patients

Help us collect books for Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services, which will benefit pediatric cancer and diabetes patients at Mayo Clinic.

From now until December 15, drop off new or gently used children’s books (infant through young adult) at the locations listed below.

Don’t have any children’s books to donate? Books will be available for purchase for $5 at Van Horn Public Library.

The Rochester Double Tree will purchase one book for every five donated by the community.

Help provide hours of enjoyment and distraction to Mayo Clinic’s youngest patients!

Drop Off Locations:
Van Horn Public Library
Better Brew Coffeehouse
Barnes and Nobles (downtown Rochester location)
Rochester Double Tree

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 (

Halloween Fun at Van Horn


On Wednesday, October 26th at 10am and 2pm, we will have two special Halloween Story Times. Wear your costume and get a special treat!



Help us solve the Mystery of the Missing Librarian from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on Thursday, October 27th! Something fishy is going on in the Youth Library and we need help finding all the clues, searching all the nooks and crannies and putting together all the facts of the case! And the best part is there’ll be pizza and other snacks when we find her! Sign up at the Youth Library desk to attend (limit 20) or call 507-356-8558.

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.