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2017 One Town One Title Coming Soon!!!

Van Horn Public Library invites all Pine Island area residents to participate in the fifth annual One Town, One Title program from January 28 – March 2, 2017. The selection this year is “The Barn” by Avi. Free copies of the book will be available at several Winterfest events (details below) on January 28th and at Van Horn Public Library, Better Brew Coffeehouse and Pine Island Bank beginning January 30th.

ABOUT “The Barn”: Ben is away at school when his father mysteriously falls ill in the spring of 1855. With no adults to help, he and his brother and sister must take over the family farm in Oregon Territory’s rugged Willamette Valley. Despite his siblings’ doubts, Ben is determined to build the barn Father had planned, in the hope of waking him from his silent, frozen state. But will it be enough?

This short beautiful story will delight the entire family.

Avi’s work spans nearly every genre and has received nearly every major prize, including the Newbery Medal for CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD and Newbery Honors for NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH and THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE.

One Town, One Title 2017 will kickoff January 28th as part of Pine Island’s Winterfest celebration. Van Horn Library Board Member Kim Aarsvold will join her husband Mark Aarsvold in conducting a Story Time at Better Brew Coffeehouse, 301 N. Main St. at 10:30am. Free copies of “The Barn” will be available as well as at the Winterfest Headquarters at the Pine Island Golf Course from 5pm to 8pm.

On Wednesday, February 8th the monthly Van Horn Book Club will be held at 6:00pm at Better Brew Coffeehouse, 301 N. Main St. As always, everyone is welcome to join the group for a cuppa and an informal chat about the book and the issues it brings up about family, loyalty and coping with loss.

On Saturday, February 25th from 10am to noon everyone is invited to tour two local family farms where we will learn about the past and future of dairy farming as well as get a chance for a first hand view of their facilities. The Alberts family has been in the dairy farming business since 1854 and the original Knutson Family Farms barn was constructed in the early part of the 1900’s. Group transportation will leave the library at approximately 9:45am. Sign-up is necessary. Please stop in at the upstairs circulation desk during library hours or call 356-8558 to reserve a spot.

Each year SELCO works with local libraries to build regional author tours around Minnesota Book Award (MNBA) finalists and winners.  Van Horn Public Library is delighted to be part of the 2017 tour which features regional favorite Doug Ohman. His talk Vanishing Landmarks will be the One Town, One Title Finale event at 7:00pm on March 2nd at the Pine Island Area Historical Center, 314 North Main Street.

An avid speaker, storyteller, and photographer, Doug has deep roots in Minnesota and has captured the varied essence of the state and created several photographic series on such subjects as cabins, barns and schoolhouses. Vanishing Landmarks explores the back roads and small towns with stories of Minnesota through historic buildings that are quickly disappearing. Ohman will share his own experiences visiting many of these sites from Minnesota’s Oldest Courthouse to the last Civil War recruiting station.

The SELCO Winter Author Tour project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

There is no charge for the any of the One Town, One Title events or for the books themselves and information about the events as well as a list of suggested discussion topic will be included with each copy.

For more information call 507-356-8558 or email pipl@selco.info.

Tom Ryan, Special Guest for One Town, One Title Finale

Tom Ryan for web

One Town, One Title Finale March 1st

As  the finale of  Van Horn Public Library and the Pine Area People for the Arts’ fourth annual One Town, One Title event series, all area residents are invited to attend a discussion led by Olmsted County Parks Superintendent Tom Ryan on Tuesday, March 1st. Mr. Ryan and a special guest will guide us through a conversation about survival, natural history and creatures of the night. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center, 109 3rd St SW, Pine Island.

Tom Ryan has been the Olmsted County Parks Superintendent since 2007. After obtaining degrees at the University of Minnesota Crookston and Winona State University, he spent 23 years as an Interpretive Naturalist/Outdoor Educator at Oxbow Park/Zollman Zoo and for 19 years was the director of that facility.

A life-long reader, Ryan is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys birding, hiking, and camping. He was the outdoor columnist for Rochester Post-Bulletin from 1997-2007. As well as being a sportsman who enjoys hunting and fishing, he is a Firearms Safety Instructor and a recently retired Firefighter.

For more information call 507-356-8558 or email pipl@selco.info.

One Town, One Title Event This Weekend

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One Town, One Title Free Movie Showing This Saturday

On Saturday, February 20th, there will be a free showing of the movie A Cry In The Wild at 2:00 p.m. as part of  Van Horn Public Library and the Pine Area People for the Arts’ fourth annual One Town, One Title event series. All area residents are invited to attend. Free popcorn and beverages will be served! The film will be shown at Saint Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 214 Third Street SW, Pine Island.

The movie tells the story of thirteen year-old New Yorker Brian Robeson and his aborted trip to spend the summer with his father who works in the oil fields of Northern Canada since his divorce from Brian’s mother. Not long into the journey we see exhausted young Brian pulling himself from a remote Canadian lake. The tiny plane he managed to steer several miles after only a brief lesson lies under the icy water with its pilot dead of a heart attack. Somehow Brian has survived the crash. But gazing at the vast forest he can’t help wonder for how long. Equipped with nothing more than a hatchet and his ingenuity, he must learn to find food, shelter and a way to get home. Based on Gary Paulsen’s Newbery Award winning novel “Hatchet”, A Cry In The Wild is a family adventure at its most glorious and inspiring. Viewers can’t help but cheer on this plucky, inventive kid.

A Cry In The Wild is rated PG. There are some scary moments, so parents of very young children, please be advised.

The book selection for One Town, One Title this year is Stephen King’s 1999 best seller The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.  It tells the story of a young girl who becomes lost in the Maine woods. Free copies of the book are still available at Van Horn Public Library, Better Brew Coffeehouse and Pine Island Bank through March 1st.

And don’t forget that the Finale on Tuesday, March 1st will be a discussion led by Olmsted County Parks Superintendent Tom Ryan. Mr. Ryan and a special guest will guide us through a conversation about survival, natural history and creatures of the night. The event will take place at 7:00pm at the Senior Citizen Center, 109 3rd St SW, Pine Island.

There is no charge for the any of the events or for the books themselves and information about the events as well as a list of suggested discussion points will be included with each copy.

One Town One Title 2016 is COMING SOON!!

 

2016 One Town Poster DARKER BORDERVan Horn Public Library in collaboration with the Pine Area People for the Arts (PAPA) invites all area residents to participate in the fourth annual One Town, One Title program from January 30 – March 1. The selection this year is Stephen King’s 1999 best seller The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Free copies of the book will be available at several Winterfest events (details below) on January 30th and at Van Horn Public Library, Better Brew Coffeehouse and Pine Island Bank beginning February 1st.

In The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, horror author extraordinaire Stephen King offers a psychologically suspenseful novel about a young girl who becomes lost in the Maine woods. On a six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, nine-year-old Trisha McFarland quickly tires of the constant bickering between her older brother, Pete, and her recently divorced mother. But when she wanders off by herself, and then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut, she becomes hopelessly lost in a wilderness full of peril and terror.

As night falls, Trisha has only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, and only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fears. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox baseball games and follows the gritty performances of her hero, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. By the time her radio’s reception begins to fade, Trisha feverishly imagines that Tom Gordon is with her—protecting her from an all-too-real enemy who has left a trail of slaughtered animals and mangled trees in the dense, dark woods.

One Town, One Title 2016 will kickoff January 30th as part of Pine Island’s Winterfest celebration. Pine Island Elementary School Teacher Mark Aarsvold and Van Horn Library Board Member Kim Aarsvold will conduct a Story Time at Better Brew Coffeehouse, 301 N. Main St. at 11:30am. Former Van Horn Librarian Jan Sween will be at the Pine Island Senior Citizen Center, 109 3rd St SW, at 12:45pm for a second Story Time. Both events are free and open to the public. Free copies of The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon will be available at both Story Times and at the Pine Island Golf Course Chili Feed from 5pm to 8pm.

On Wednesday, February 17th the monthly Van Horn Book Club will be held at 6:00pm at Better Brew Coffeehouse, 301 N. Main St. As always, everyone is welcome to join the group for a cuppa and an informal chat about the book and the issues it brings up about courage, struggle and survival in the wild.

Then on Saturday, February 20th at Saint Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 214 Third Street SW, there will be a free showing of the movie A Cry In The Wild at 2:00pm. Free popcorn and beverages will be served! In the film, exhausted young Brian Robeson pulls himself from a remote Canadian lake. The tiny plane he managed to steer this far lies under the icy water with its pilot dead of a heart attack. Somehow Brian has survived. But gazing at the vast forest he can’t help wonder for how long. Equipped with nothing more than a hatchet and his ingenuity, he must learn to find food, shelter and a way to get home. Based on Gary Paulsen’s Newbery Award winning novel “Hatchet”, A Cry In The Wild is a family adventure at its most glorious and inspiring.

And the Finale on Tuesday, March 1st will be a discussion led by Olmsted County Parks Superintendent Tom Ryan. Mr. Ryan and a special guest will guide us through a conversation about survival, natural history and creatures of the night. The event will take place at 7:00pm at the Senior Citizen Center, 109 3rd St SW, Pine Island.

There is no charge for the any of the events or for the books themselves and information about the events as well as a list of suggested discussion points will be included with each copy.

One Town One Title Panel Discussion

panel discussion image Panel Discussion on Immigration February 26th

Van Horn Public Library continues its annual community reading program One Town, One Title with a Panel Discussion on the topic of immigration in Room A/B of Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Pine Island at 7pm on Thursday, February 26. Attendees should use the new addition (west) entrance. 

Panelists include Khiengchai Fulton, an immigrant from Laos currently living in Oronoco; Alyssa Humpal and Shannon Svendsen from Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Migrant Head Start in Rochester who run a migrant and seasonal Head Start program; Prentiss Sayeweh, an immigrant from Liberia; and Ahmed Osman, an immigrant from Somalia who is the Employment Program Manager at Intercultural Mutual Aid Association in Rochester.

Khiengchai Fulton was one of six children in a Laotian family that immigrated to Rochester, MN in 1980. The Rochester Covenant Church sponsored her family and played a tremendous role in assisting them with the transition. After being the first of her siblings to graduate from college, Khiengchai joined the Peace Corps and served in a health and nutrition role in Niger, Africa. It was there that she met her future husband, Joe, who was also a Peace Corps volunteer. She married him almost 18 years ago and they now live in Oronoco where they homeschool their five children.

Migrant Head Start (Region XII) programs offer comprehensive child development programming for children birth through five and their families. Services are developed collaboratively among staff, parents, and community partners in order to meet the mission, “to cultivate life-long learning in children and families” and in a way that accommodates the participant’s culture. The Migrant Head Start program provides a range of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development; medical, dental, and mental health; nutrition; and parent involvement. In addition, the entire range of Migrant Head Start services is responsive and appropriate to each child’s and family’s developmental, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage and experience.

Prentiss Sayeweh was born on May 29, 1963, in Karnwee Town, Liberia.  He immigrated to the United States in 1996 to attend graduate school at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.  Between 1993 and 1996, he lived in Danane, Ivory Coast as a refugee from the civil war that took place in Liberia from 1989 to 2003.  Currently, he lives in Rochester, Minnesota with his family.  Prentiss has seven children and two grandchildren.  He works with the Minnesota Department of Transportation as the Consultant Coordinator for Southeastern Minnesota highway and bridge development program and projects.

The Intercultural Mutual Aid Association was founded as a nonprofit organization in Rochester, Minnesota in 1984 to respond to the complex needs of thousands of refugees resettling to the area from war-torn Southeast Asia. IMAA provides culturally and linguistically appropriate support services that foster the well-being and independence of refugees and immigrants in their new home. The IMAA Employment Services program exists to assist refugees and immigrant struggling to find a job and become self-sufficient. IMAA Employment Services offers a wide range of support such as case management, job search assistance, job coaching, and employment related support services such as childcare assistance, transportation, housing, and referrals

Several other events in the community reading program collaboration between Van Horn and Zumbrota Public Library are on tap through March 9th. The Book Discussion for The Book of Unknown Americans will take place at Better Brew Coffeehouse in Pine Island at 6pm on Wednesday, March 4. There will be a showing of the film Sweet Land at the State Theatre in Zumbrota at 7:30pm on Friday, March 6. Zumbrota Public Library will be wrapping up the series of events with a Book Discussion for My Ántonia at the library at 6:30pm on Monday, March 9.

All events are free of charge.  For more information, visit www.zumbrota.info or pineisland.lib.mn.us.  This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as well as Pine Area People for the Arts.