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New Upcoming Summer Reading Event!

Join us for this virtual event as we host professional storyteller Katie Knutson! Katie has performed in Pine Island previously for Summer Reading 2014 and for Winterfest in 2015, and is excited to perform for us again — virtually this time!

Storyteller Katie Knutson performs at the Pine Island American Legion during Summer Reading 2014.

To join us, click on the link below to open up the Zoom meeting. The password, should you need it, is: Storytime

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87834480053?pwd=bzFhYk96SEpmZUhyVXdxUUR3TEtBUT09

If you are interested in joining but do not have internet access or the ability to view it on your device, please contact the library at 356-8558 for information on how we can accommodate you.

See you there!

This program is made possible through a SELCO Vetted Program Grant. Thank you, Minnesota taxpayers!

Summer Reading update

Greeting Summer Readers!
We are halfway through the summer reading program at Van Horn Library! So far we have given away almost 100 prizes for completed challenge sheets, given out nearly 400 craft kits, and talked to some amazing scientists. Keep up all the good work!


There are 4 more weeks of summer reading to go, but we will continue accepting challenge sheets until school starts up again. A reminder that you can do each color sheet once, and that we do have limited prize supplies, so if we run out we will offer a different prize option.


Craft kits can continue to be picked up on Mondays from 10am to 2pm, through July 27th. We also have limited amounts of craft kits from previous weeks, so if you missed any, we do have some leftovers.


We have really enjoyed the video chats we’ve done with scientists through the Skype-A-Scientist program. We have one more scheduled chat coming up on Friday, July 10th at 10am with genetics scientist Sarah Laskey. We are also considering adding one or two more video chats, so stay tuned for more information.


Starting today (7/6), VHPL is hosting a Pine Island Alphabet Hunt on our Facebook page and Instagram! Every weekday, we will post a letter of the alphabet from somewhere around Pine Island. Families are invited to guess where we found each letter and post pictures of that letter they’ve found in other places! Don’t forget: you can send us the picture of your Pine Island Alphabet and we will print a poster of it for you!

Coming up in mid-July we will be offering a program called “Clueseum,” where teams try to solve a mystery in and around the library. Half-hour sessions will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am and 6pm starting July 14th and running through August 6th. Teams of up to 10 people can sign up for a time to come in and try their hand at the mystery! To sign up, call or email the library (at 356-8558 or pipl@selco.info respectively) starting July 7th.


We have a couple more programs we’re hoping to announce soon, but we are still working out all the details. Make sure to check our Facebook page and website for the latest information!
Happy Reading!

Announcing our Summer Reading Grand Prize Winners!

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winners!

#1: Handmade Harry Potter Basket: Hannah Johnson

#2: Hugo and Pete’s Dragon Movie Night: Maleah Browns

#3: Harry Potter Lego Set: Greta Hemingson

#4: Secret Life of Pets and Emperor’s New Groove Movie Night: Amarah Dennison

#5: Family Game Night: Charles Nelson

#6: Disney Storybook, Wooden Puzzle, and Peter Pan Basket: Gemma Bauer

Summer Reading Kickoff

We are looking forward to our Summer Reading Program’s official kickoff tomorrow, June 26, from 1-3PM here at the library. The Goodhue County Historical Society is bringing their fantastic trunk of games-throughout-the-ages for kids and parents alike to try their hand at. We will have a variety of more modern games and activities available as well.

The plan is to have the event take place on the library’s lawn, but in case of rain we will move inside to the 2nd Floor of City Hall.

We hope you can join us at this and our other Summer Reading programs!

Summer Reading is Underway!

Summer Reading has just started, but we’re already going all out! We’ve already have nearly 250 kids of all ages sign up to participate in our reading challenge. We are still accepting registrants for it, so please come in if you haven’t already!

Story Time 6/20/18What else are we doing for Summer Reading? We have story time every Wednesday at 10am through August 15. (No story time on July 4th!) Weather permitting it will be outside with fun and somewhat messy crafts so dress in washable clothes! Here are a few pictures from today’s story time where Heidi read books about construction and kids got to paint with sidewalk chalk paint and small cars/trucks.

Story Time 6/20/18We also have other programs and they start next Tuesday with our Kickoff Celebration from 1-3pm. We plan to be outside on the library’s lawn, but if the weather prevents it, we’ll be upstairs at City Hall.

There is a lot more information on the Summer Reading page of our website, so check it out!