Summer Reading at Van Horn begins June 3rd!

Sign-up Week is June 3rd through June 8th – Stop in to the Youth Library to sign up and get your goody bag!

Summer Reading is free and open to all ages, and full of fun programs; Check out our exciting schedule below:

Complete Challenge Sheets to Earn Cool Summer Prizes!

Our reading program features at-your-own-pace challenge sheets that kids can complete to earn prizes. Simply finish 15 challenges of your choice from the sheet and turn it in for a prize. Challenge sheets are available at the library starting on June 5th and are accepted until school starts in August. Prizes available this year are:

  • Movie Treat Pack
  • Book and Water Bottle
  • Community Coupons
  • Reusable Straw
  • Mystery Prize

*Each child can earn one of each prize

*Limited quantities of prizes are available; if we run out of a prize, a substitution will be made

Calling all Stuffies! Critter Campout is a special storytime concert event for kids and their stuffed animals!

Wednesday, June 5th, 6:30pm

Join us for an evening musical event featuring Minnesota singer/songwriter Will Bjorndal! Then, your lucky stuffed animal is invited to spend the night at the library with their fluffy friends for even more fun. Come back the next day and pick up your stuffy and see all the fun things they got up to in the library overnight!

Weekly Events

Upcycle Crafts — Storytime — Book Club Read-Aloud

Upcycle Crafts – Mondays, 1:30pm-3:30pm

A weekly craft series exploring all the ways we can reuse materials to create something new! Join us to make birdhouses, magazine beads, scratch art, and more!

Storytime – Wednesdays @10am, June 12th – August 7th

Experiencing words and letter sounds by hearing books read aloud, singing songs, and tying words to actions and movements helps prepare young children to learn to read by building their vocabulary and letter/word-sound knowledge.

Join Miss Heidi and surprise guest readers all summer long for stories and songs and a whole lot of fun!

Book Club Read-Aloud – Wednesdays @ 2pm; 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17

Join our summer book club as we explore the world of wolves in “A Wolf Called Wander.” Check out a copy to read for yourself, or come to our weekly read aloud sessions. Grab a snack and a seat and listen to Miss Heidi read a few chapters each week, then join us on July 24th for our final meeting!

Special Programs

Teen Art Club – 4 Tuesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Library

Join us for our art classes for teens only! Our class offerings include a watercolor painting, upcycle jewelry, and more!

Open to ages 13-18. Classes are free, but pre-registration is required. Space is limited; if classes fill up, you may be placed on a waiting list. 5:30-7:30pm on June 25, July 9 and 23. Click here to register: https://forms.gle/xgY8NesYciCZArVs5

Lawn Games – Friday and Saturday, June 21st/22nd and July 19th/20th,1-3pm

Celebrate summer with outdoor games on the library lawn! Grab a friend and join us for a fun afternoon or water games, scavenger hunts, 

Paul Bunyan Musical Storytime – Thursday, June 27th, 10am at City Hall

Come follow Paul and Babe from Lake Itasca in Northern MN all the way to New Orleans as they make new friends The audience will hear a variety of music including baroque, classical, blues, and jazz as they travel with Paul and Babe down the Mississippi River in search of the blues!

Book Club Wrap-Up Meeting – Wednesday, July 24th, 2pm

Gather with fellow readers to talk about our book club book, A Wolf Called Wander! We’ll also have a virtual chat with a naturalist from the International Wolf Center – come learn about wolves and get all your wolf questions answered by an expert. And meet the IWC wolves!

Brodini’s Comedy Magic Show – Monday, July 29th, 6:30pm at City Hall

Laugh until you cry at Brodini’s amazing magic tricks! Transformations, relocations, thin-air illusions, and surprising predictions keep young and old laughing, looking, scratching their heads, and wanting more!

International Owl Center – Thursday, August 1st, 3pm at City Hall

Laugh until you cry at Brodini’s amazing magic tricks! Transformations, relocations, thin-air illusions, and surprising predictions keep young and old laughing, looking, scratching their heads, and wanting more!