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Thu, 01/08/2015 - 3:06pm

Local author Donnita Rogers will return to the Northfield Public Library on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 7:00 pm and talk about her newest book, Fanning the Flames, book two of her Women of Beowulf series.

Drawing on her years of research and travels in Scandinavia, author and retired teacher Donnita Rogers will bring to life the women of the 6th century epic, Beowulf, and the related Saga of King Hrolf Kraki.
The elevated status of women in Norse culture will be compared and contrasted with the struggles of modern women for recognition and respect.
From her roots in rural Indiana, Donnita Lamb Rogers grew into a teacher, traveler and author. A lifelong passion for learning was fueled by her education at Earlham, a Quaker college, and the University of Minnesota, culminating in a PhD in English Literature. She adopted four children before beginning her teaching career in Texas, which included work at the University of Houston, Lone Star College and Kingwood High School, where she used drama and extensive student involvement to bring literature to life.

After retirement in 2001 she traveled the world, then began to research and write Faces in the Fire, a novel inspired by her teaching of the Old English epic, Beowulf. Five years were spent studying materials on Viking Age culture; a trip to Scandinavia offered such "on-site" experiences as crewing on a Viking ship replica in Denmark and climbing funeral mounds in Sweden, all to discover what life might have been like for women in sixth-century Scandinavia.  She and her partner Don divide their time among an island cabin in Canada, a river home in Texas, and a farmhouse near Northfield.

Book sales and signing will follow her presentation

The program is free and open to the public.  This program is part of the Northfield Public Library’s Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult winter reading program.

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Thu, 01/08/2015 - 2:59pm


Hot Reads for Cold Nights returns to the Northfield Public Library this winter.  During the cold, snowy months of January and February, curl up and read some books and win prizes at the library!  Join the library Hot Reads program starting Monday, January 5, and read for prizes until Saturday, February 28.
After reading a book, each patron will fill out a slip with their name and phone number and a few lines describing the book.  The name and phone number section of the paper will be cut off and put in a fishbowl.  The comment section of each slip will be posted on the bulletin board downstairs, near the new books.  Patrons will be able to browse each other comments for ideas of new books.  From the names in the fishbowl, three winners will be drawn each week.  Each winner will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to a downtown business. This year, patrons who use the Northfield Senior Center will be able to sign up and drop their book slips at the Senior Center.  The completed slips will be posted at the library, and the participants will be included in the weekly drawings.  Several library programs are being planned for winter months. 
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Thu, 01/08/2015 - 2:54pm
         Meet Margo Krager, owner of Reproduction Fabrics in Northfield

           Last summer Margo Krager opened her shop, Reproduction Fabrics.  More precisely, she moved her store from Montana, to be closer to her daughter and family, and continued a business she has had for years.   Her shop, on the second floor of the 1st National Bank building, with an entrance on 4th street, specializes in fabrics from different time periods, covering 1775 – 1950.   She sells to individual  sewers and quilters, but her biggest customers are  from the movie and television industry, theater companies , and historical centers who want to produce authentic looking costumes.  She does considerable business online.  Margo will talk about reproduction fabrics, emphasizing textiles during the Jesse James era on Tuesday, January 13, at 7:00 pm at the Northfield Public Library.
This program is part of the library’s Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult reading program, and is free and open to the public.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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