Carpeting Comes Next!

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With a leap of imagination on your part and a lot of hard work on the part of Brennan Construction workers, this area in our renovated library will be carpeted during the week of March 28!

The primary motives behind this renovation were to enlarge the children’s area, improve the community meeting room, and increase the efficiency of the staff work areas.  Those goals have been accomplished.  Many other required and important goals have also been realized – improved accessible entrance, accessible restrooms, high-tech meeting room and new conference rooms, “tech tables,” updated technology, heating and cooling, lighting and plumbing, a fire suppression sprinkler system, and a much larger WiFi patio and Carnegie Porch overlooking Division Street.

You can see and use it all when the library reopens at 210 Washington on Saturday, May 7 at 10 AM. Read and see more at http://npl210.blogspot.com.


Northfield Reads' Next Event: Film "Waging a Living"

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Northfield Reads continues to have a successful year.  Fourteen people gathered at Content Bookstore to discuss $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, this year’s selection.  The participants shared concerns, thoughts, and ideas of ways to make changes in our country.

The next event will be the showing of the movie ‘Waging a Living’.  This is a film that puts a human face on modern economic realities, showing how people can be working hard and still be poor in this country.  ‘Waging a Living’ will be shown on Tuesday, March 29, 7:00-9:00 pm, at St. Olaf College, Dittman Hall, Room 305.  Discussion will follow the film.  The event is free and everyone is invited and welcome.


Northfield Earth Day Celebration

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 Northfield’s 7th PerennialEarth Day Celebration-“A Healthy Earth for the Health of All!”  on Saturday April 23rd

Free Skill Sharing Earth Day Workshops/ Exhibitors/Potluck and Free Soup Supper

All Free Skill Sharing Workshops Timesare from 10:00am- 4:00pm. Where to meet is indicated on our website- all workshops filled on a first come first serve basis. If there are questions about the day: northfieldearthday@gmail.com  or questions about workshops see the email after each description.


Smile! New decor in the children's space in the Northfield Public Library wanted

Photos

We would like to decorate the newly renovated children’s area with photographs of Northfield area children and/or families reading. 5 photographs will be displayed in the children’s area. We will rotate new ones in every 4 months.  To submit a photo (jpeg, png or gif) it should be in color, clear, well lit and feature your child/children or family reading. 

We will print them either vertical or horizontal and may crop them to make them fit our frames. By submitting a photograph you are giving permission to display it.  All photos can be emailed to Kathy.Ness@ci.northfield.mn.us. Please send them digitally in the highest quality possible.


What You Won't See in the Renovated Library!

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On Saturday, May 7 when our public library reopens at 10 AM, you will see a lot of improvements - a much larger children's area with play areas, computers and books galore, the sunny new entrance and balcony, two new conference rooms, a more hospitable meeting room, new and fully accessible restrooms, a slick check out desk, and much more. 

What you won't see are the many things that make the library work so well - high speed internet, improved ventilation, a larger staff work room, a fire-prevention sprinkler system, improved plumbing, and much more.

Save the date - Saturday, May 7, 10 AM ribbon cutting ceremony, 11 AM - 5 PM music, dance, self-guided tours, new library bags and cards and great joy! 


Northfield Reads 2016-Book Discussion

Northfield Reads held its opening event on March 10th, a $2.00 Dinner.  After a simple meal, participants discussed the challenges of living on a limited income, heard from Gregory Ennis and Jim Blaha about homelessness and food resources for those in need, and learned about income inequality in the US.  The next event will be a discussion of the book $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin and Luke Schaffer.  The discussion will be held at Content Bookstore, Thursday, March 17, 6:45-8:00 pm.  


Spring Break for Kids at the YMCA!

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Spring Break at the YMCA - Do you want your kids to have some fun and stay busy during spring break?  Join us at the Y.  Enroll for a fun-filled day of trips, games, sports, friends, crafts and more.  Join us for one day or all week. No added fees and low youth to counselor ratios.  School's Out Days are for kids ages 5-11. 

We have so much fun planned:  Edinborough Park, Swimming, Carnival Activities, Zombie Stories, Games in the Park, the RAD Zoo, and lots of crafts and art time.  It is going to be an awesome week with friends. 

Themes for Spring Break: 

March 21 - Carnival Fun 

March 22 - Super Slime 

March 23 - Animal Safari

March 24 - Zombies

March 25 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles 

March 28 - Flower Power 

Y Members:  $30 per day (no added costs or fees) 


Imagination Celebration and All School Show at Northfield Arts guild

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The Northfield Arts Guild hosts their annual Imagination Celebration, a free day of art and performances, on Saturday, April 2 from 10:00am-2:00pm. This community event will feature gallery exhibitions, mini-performances, and dance, theater and art workshops.


Painted Violin Project Open House

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The public is invited to attend the Painted Violin Project Open House on Saturday, March 12 from 1-4pm at Hot Spot Music located at 801 Division Street S.  

The Painted Violin Project is a fundraiser to benefit the Northfield Public School orchestra program.  This exciting project has transformed 7 old, unplayable string instruments whose melodic lives have come to an end by pairing them with 7 creative, talented local artists who have turned them into beautiful works of art. 


Say hello to summer! Summer camp opportunities at the Y

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Registration is now open for your kids' BEST SUMMER EVER! With many day camp options from which to choose, from 1/2 day wee camp to full-day Y Navigator camp, there are options for kids ages 3-14. There are plenty of new and exciting camp themes, field trips, a new Camp Readers program, awesome new teen camp options, and more to keep your kids active and healthy all summer long. Register for one week or all summer long, with the option to attend 3, 4, or 5 days a week (for Y Navigator, all-day camp program). Sign up for Y Navigator camp before April 15 and save up to $120! For more information, or to register online, visit www.ymcanorthfield.org or call 507.645.0088, and say HELLO to summer!


Carleton Knights Softball - Free 2-hr Softball Clinic This Sunday, March 6th!

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Come and join Carleton College's Head Softball Coach Amy Erickson and The Knights Softball Team for a FREE 2-hour fastpitch softball clinic on Sunday, March 6th, from Noon-2:00 pm. at the Carleton Rec Center Field House, off Highway 19.

This is a GREAT opportunity to learn from college coaches and athletes! Improve and Sharpen your softball skills, just in time for the beginning of the fastpitch softball season!

Clinic is open to players of ALL AGES, grades K-12.

See attached flyer for more details.


Our library's inside looks out!

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Our public library's renovation is opening up the interior and looking out toward our neighbors. The glass entrance and Commons includes a balcony that Library Director Teresa Jensen promises will become a favorite gathering space.  The children's area is expanding significantly and will feature interesting activity stations in addition to computers areas, storytelling spaces and of course, lots of books.  More photos and info can be found at: 

http://guides.mynpl.org/libraryimprovement.

Saturday, May 7, 10 AM - 5 PM: The library will reopen to the community. Save the date!


E-Cycling First Saturday of Every Month

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A reminder to all that there will be E-cycling on Saturday, March 5, at the First UCC Church parking lot (300 Union Street) from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Drop off your old electronics, appliances, and any other items containing metal. Everything is free except for old-fashioned CRT-based televisions and monitors, for which there is a $5 to $20 fee, depending on sixe.

Questions?  Contact Jim Caswell, 65-/214-3857. 


Northfield Reads $2 Dinner Thursday, March 10, at 6:00 pm at UCC

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   What can you purchase with only $2.00?  Come to the Northfield Reads $2. dinner and gain some understanding.  The event will be hosted by the UCC in preparation for this year's Northfield Reads discussion on the book $2.00 a Day; Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin and H.


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