Van Horne Public Library Moves into New Digs


By Brady Smith

VAN HORNE, Iowa - The city of Van Horne will start to see some changes on Main Street, the result of a civic improvement project that's more than a year in the making. On Saturday, the Van Horne Public Library started its move to a new location next door.

Volunteers showed up to help move the library's collection of roughly 10,000 books.

"It's been nice to have this many people show up to volunteer their Saturday morning," said Gina Embray, a member of the library board.

For Embray, this was her workout for the weekend, lifting stack after stack of books.

"I bet we've done 1,000 at least," said Embray.

She knows the work will be worth it, once the Van Horne Public Library is moved into new digs next door. "It's going to be so nice. So much bigger and more beautiful."

Library director Patrice Strellner said the library's been in its old location since the mid-80's, and the new facility has its own unique history.

"There was a bowling alley here at one time. So, bowling alley, and then it burned, so then it was a bar and grill," Strellner said.

The move will shuffle other buildings on Van Horne's Main Street. City Hall will move from its current location, just across the street to the library's former location. The library will move just one door down.

Strellner said more space for kids' story time and a new conference room will make this a more inviting place.

"We have a nice meeting room facility that we didn't have before, so that's the main thing. Hopefully it will bring more people in with other interests and meet their needs," Strellner said. She expects the library to be open in its new location by Monday morning.

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