The mission of the Van Horne Public Library is to advance human knowledge and understanding by providing access to information, literature, and the arts relevant to the community it serves.
At the January 1936 meeting of the Parent-Teacher Association of the high school, the interest of a town library was discussed. The P. T. A. agreed to sponsor a "book gathering" asking the towns people and anyone else interested to donate books to be used to start the library. The town council gave permission to use one room of the town hall as a library room.
The "book gathering" was quite successful and the Dean Curtis Family owned a fairly extensive private library which was donated in its entirety. The Van Horne Public Library came in to being with approximately 300 volumes of various categories. The P. T. A. donated $11.50 which the library could use for any needs that arose.
The first nine books purchased by the board cost a total of $11.74, which was donated by the P. T. A. Through the years, various organizations have donated money and equipment to the library.
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