Summer Reading at Van Horn begins June 5th!

Sign-up Week is June 5th through June 10th – 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 Door Hanger
  • Community Coupons
  • Doodle Journal
  • DIY Suncatcher Kit

*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 7th, 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

Sidewalk STEAM — Snack Attack Book Club — Storytime — Music, Movement, and More!

Sidewalk STEAM – Mondays, 2pm-6pm

Explore science, art, and engineering concepts with hands-on activities, experiments, stories, and crafts! Drop in anytime during the program. All ages welcome – Join us for new weekly activities every Monday, June 12th – July 31st

Snack Attack Book Club – Tuesdays @ 6pm/Thursdays @1pm

Grab a snack** and kick back for a weekly romp through a choose-your-own-adventure read-aloud with Miss Heidi. Can the group make the right decisions to survive the story? Come join us and find out!

This program is geared towards ages 8-12

**Snacks are provided. If your child has food allergies or sensitivities and wants to attend, please let us know and we will provide a safe snack and environment for them.

Storytime – Wednesdays @10am, June 14th – August 9th

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!

Music, Movement, and More! – Fridays @ 10am, June 16th – July 28th

Sing and dance with Miss Heidi and friends every Friday! We’ll play and make music out on the library lawn, and just generally be all kinds of silly!

Special Programs

Teen Art Classes – Select Wednesdays at 2pm

Join us for our art classes for teens only! Our class offerings include creating sticker mosaics, painting pet portraits*, hand-lettering techniques, and acrylic paint pouring.

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. Click here to register:

*For this class, you must be registered and submit a photo of the pet you’d like to paint by June 21st to give the instructor time to get the kits ready.

StoryWalk Saturdays – Select Saturdays, 10am-1pm

Come find Miss Heidi in one of Pine Island’s many parks and walk your way through a story! Enjoy interactive reading, themed activities, and take-home activities.

June 17: “Chickens to the Rescue!” by John Himmelman in Wazuweeta Park (713 5th Ave SW, Pine Island)

July 15th: “How do You Wokka Wokka?” by Elizabeth Bluemle in Hassler Park (828 20 Ave SE, Pine Island)

July 29th: “Stephanie’s Ponytail” by Robert Munsch in Custer Park (450 Prairie View Dr NE, Pine Island)

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with
the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Redtail Hawk Program – (June 19th @ 6pm) — Will be rescheduled to a later date due to scheduling snafu

See a live hawk and learn all about red-tailed hawk biology, ecology, and natural history in an engaging and entertaining presentation by a naturalist from the National Eagle Center.

Drumming Program – Wednesday, July 19th @ 6:30 on the Library Patio

Learn hand-drumming and other instrument techniques to create unique sounds. This interactive music program will challenge you as we play rhythms together and separately. A great family program!

In case of rain, program will take place inside the library.