New Language Resource at the Northfield Public Library

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Learning a new language couldn't be easier with our new Transparent Language Online. The resource is free with your library card and available 24/7. Or download the mobile app for IOS and Android devices and learn on the go!

Features:

* 80+ languages

* Proficiency Tests

* Vocabulary Lists

* Beginner English for speakers of 24 languages

* Choice to write or speak answers


"Build a Happier Healthier Kid" - 8th Annual Northfield YMCA Healthy Kids Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 26

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Join over a million people and take part in the nation’s largest health event for kids! Designed to help kids stay active head to toe this summer, YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a fun-filled morning of interactive games, family activities and healthy giveaways. In addition to displays from local merchants and community organizations, local police, fire and rescue personnel will be on hand to show off their vehicles and provide safety tips. Kids: Ride or bring your bike for a free tune-up. There will be bounce houses and a bike raffle too! This event is free to everyone!

Saturday, April 26

9 a.m. - Noon
Bridgewater Elementary
401 Jefferson Parkway


Beverly Bell to Discuss Effects of Responses to Haiti Earthquake, April 21

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Beverly Bell will speak about her recent book, Fault Lines: Views Across Haiti’s Divide. The book illustrates how the earthquake compounded pre-existing socio-economic injustices in Haiti. It sheds light on how the exploitative doctrine of “disaster capitalism” has driven the international response to the quake. And perhaps most importantly, it highlights the work grassroots actors are undertaking to resist this influence and define a future based on domestic priorities, rather than imported (and imposed) ones.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (April 14, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, April 14, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., in the high school media center. A packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:


Columnist Lori Sturdevant to Speak In Northfield

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune political columnist Lori Sturdevant will speak about her recent book Her Honor:  Rosalie Wash and the Minnesota Women’s Movement on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 10:45 a.m. at the Northfield Senior Center.  Published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, the book is set against the backdrop of the women’s rights movement and highlights Rosalie Wahl’s personal and professional journey.

A 1967 graduate of William Mitchell Law School, Wahl was the first woman named to the Minnesota State Supreme court, appointed in 1977 by then Governor Rudy Perpich. She is credited with influencing how her fellow justices saw the cases they decided. Sturdevant shares with readers the lasting impact of Justice Wahl, documenting societal challenges faced by women in the late 20th century and the strategies employed to address them.  


Northfield Historical Society Honors Two Volunteers

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Former board member Judy Sosted and Northfield High School Junior Erin Hahn will be recognized as Volunteers of the Year at the Northfield Historical Society’s Volunteer night.

Executive director Hayes Scriven notes that since 1981, Judy has served in many capacities including a docent on the Posse and working in the store. She has also volunteered for alumni-related tasks at her alma mater, Carleton College, and at the Norwegian-American Historical Society at St. Olaf College.

Erin became involved in eighth grade as a participant in the SCOPE program. She helped write the textbook Our Storythat has since become part of the Northfield School District’s third grade curriculum. This is her fourth year on the Posse and also works in the store. She plans to continue her volunteer work as long as she lives in Northfield.


National Poetry Month 2014

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April is National Poetry Month! Although the month is already half over, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate poetry this April. Here are some ideas:

  • Listen to the winners of the 2014 Sidewalk Poetry Contest read their winning poems and talk to KYMN’s ArtZany! host Paula Grandquist about poetry. The show, originally broadcast on Friday, April 11, is archived here
  • Attend a poetry reading. On Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Monkey See, Monkey Read, you can listen to poets Dallas Crow (St. Paul) and Rob Hardy (Northfield) read their poetry. You can find out more about the reading here.
  • Participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 24. You can find out more about this event here.
  • Buy a book of poetry at Monkey See, Monkey Read, or at either of the college bookstores. How about Vijay Seshadri’s 3 Sections, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, which is published by Minnesota’s own Graywolf Press? Or a book of poems published by Northfield’s Scott King at Red Dragonfly Press?

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2014: Thursday, April 24

As part of National Poetry Month, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) will be placing boxes of poems in twelve city locations beginning Thursday, April 24th in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Community members are invited to take a poem or two from one of the red boxes on display across Northfield and share them with others throughout the day.  In response to business owners’ requests to maintain the boxes of poetry for more than one day this year, the ACC has extended the event for several days beyond April 24th – as long as there are poems still available in the boxes!

Begun in 2002 by the Office of Mayor Bloomberg of New York City in partnership with their Department of Cultural Affairs and Education, in 2008 the Academy of American Poets embraced the Poem in Your Pocket project as a national endeavor.  Schools, communities, libraries, and a wide

range of organizations across the country now celebrate poetry in this exciting way.


HCI Invests in Youth – Read about this month’s Investing in Youth Grant recipients

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At their March 2014 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.

Funded projects included:


Popular Charles Walker Band returns to Northfield in support of their latest CD release, “Ghetto Prophet”

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Back by very popular demand, the Charles Walker Band returns to Northfield for a not-to-be-missed evening of fantastic live music and dancing on Saturday, April 12 from 9 p.m. to midnight. Currently in the midst of a busy national tour in support of their new CD release, “Ghetto Prophet,” the Charles Walker Band are renowned for their energetic live performances and top-notch musicianship. Based in Milwaukee, the band was awarded 2013's Best R&B/Soul Band by the Wisconsin Music Association (WMA).

“This is a rare opportunity to catch one of the nation’s hottest R&B bands, right here in downtown Northfield,” says Jessica Paxton of KYMN Radio. “I’m a big fan of this band’s classic sound and their live performances are HOT!”


Batter Up!

Batter Up!

Coming SOON - One week from today!

Community Services is offering recreation and enrichment programming throughout the summer and wants to help YOU soak in the many opportunities available.  Programs offered include, but are not limited to, little league softball & baseball, swimming lessons, football, tennis, volleyball, tae kwon do, lacrosse, soccer, fly fishing, outdoor adventure, family programming, art classes, and more.

For a sneak preview of our summer programs, please view the link below.  Registration will open on Friday April 18th!  For more information please call our office at 507-664-3649, or visit our office located on the first floor of the Northfield Community Resource Center at 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield. 

Sneak Peek: Summer Programming


Video: 2014 City of Northfield Flood Preparedness Video and Emergency Resources Page

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Check out a new flood preparedness video with Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson and Emergency Management Director Tim Isom:

http://ci.northfield.mn.us/mediacenter.aspx?VID=35

Follow the link below to a collection of emergency prepardness resources on the City of Northfield's website:

http://ci.northfield.mn.us/Index.aspx?NID=985


Poetry Reading: Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy

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Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy will give a poetry reading Thursday, April 17, 7:30 pm at Monkey See, Monkey Read (425 Division Street).  Northfield poet Rob Hardy will open with a brief selection of poems before turning the evening over to Dallas Crow. Copies of Crow's first collection of poetry, Small, Imperfect Paradise, and Hardy's poetry chapbook, The Collecting Jar, will be available for purchase and signing. 

In Small, Imperfect Paradise, Dallas Crow unflinchingly explores themes of love, sex, growing up, and growing older. The spine of the narrative is the speaker’s progression through a relationship, from the early possibility and romance, through marriage and parenthood, and on to the painful dissolution. The titular poem identifies a moment of stillness in this progression, where two realities exist, one aching, and one idyllic: that of the husband and wife, whose relationship is over, and that of the sleeping children, who do not yet know.


Carleton’s Christopher U. Light Lectureship Hosts French Film Director, Marion Stalens

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In conjunction with its ongoing International Film Forum, Carleton College will host French filmmaker Marion Stalens, the director of Juliette Binoche, Sketches for a Portrait (Juliette Binoche dans les yeux) (2009). Stalens will present a talk entitled “Between Fiction and Reality, Fine Lines” on Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. in Leighton Hall Room 304. This event is free and open to the public.

In advance of Stahlens’ appearance, Carleton will present three short films on Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m.—Danse Afrique Danse, Le Voyage du Fauteuil, and Silence or Exile. The following evening on April 14 at 7 p.m., the public is also invited to a screening of Juliette Binoche, Sketches for a Portrait.

In this film, Stalens provides a new view of Binoche, an Oscar-winning actress and the director’s sister, by providing a window onto her artistic life beyond the red carpet. This portrait explores Binoche’s complex personality as an artist, revealing her artistic depth by capturing her throughout 2008 at work on a variety of different projects in disciplines ranging from cinema to dance to painting. The close relationship between the director and her subject infuses the film with a sense of intimacy and authenticity that invites the public to share in this extraordinary artist’s world.


Carleton Hosts Queer Documentary Film Festival

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In celebration of Pride Month, this April the Carleton College Gender and Sexuality Center will screen a series of queer-related documentary films as part of its first ever Queer Documentary Film Festival. These films celebrate the diversity of experiences and identities within queer communities. Screenings will be held on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity and are free and open to the public.


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