eReader Help Sessions Continue in February

Did you get an eReader for Christmas? If so, you should know about our free downloadable ebooks! Come to the Northfield Public Library to get help downloading library ebooks to your eReader.   These are walk-in sessions so no appointment is necessary. Bring your device and your library card. If you have a Nook bring your lap top computer (not necessary if you have a Nook HD).

Saturdays - February 1, 8, 15, 22  - 1-3 PM

For individual appointments or questions call the reference desk at 507-645-1802.


TPT-MN to Air HARVEST documentary on February 1

Twin Cities Public Television will air Paul Krause's documentary Harvest this coming Saturday, February 1 on their Minnesota channel (Charter Cable 396). The program will air four times: 1am, 7am, 1pm and 7pm.


Now's a Great Time to Join the Y Team! Looking for a Marketing Coordinator 20hrs/wk!

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Are you interested in working for an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and a stronger community?  The Northfield Area Family YMCA is hiring a Marketing Coordinator to work 20 hours per week.  Information about the position and how to apply is located at http://northfieldymca.org/about/employment


Carleton Convocation Discusses the Significant Role of Public News Broadcasting

Marco Werman

Marco Werman, host and senior producer of Public Radio International’s “The World” will present Carleton’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 31 from 10:50 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Stories, Not Punditry,” Werman’s presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Werman has been working in journalism since the age of 16, when he got his first job as a copy-boy for the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. After a three-year stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, Werman began his radio career with the BBC World Service in Burkina Faso, West Africa. From there he moved to London to produce the BBC’s flagship breakfast program for Africa, “Network Africa.” “Radio impressed me in Africa,” says Werman. “Everyone had one, broadcasts happened in many languages, and in the two coups I witnessed, the radio station was important booty: it and the electrical generator were always the first targets.”


Immigration 101: A Public Information Forum on Minnesota's Immigration Laws

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UPDATE: Immigration 101 Event Cancelled Due to Severe Winter WeatherDue to severe winter weather, tonight's "Immigration 101: A Panel Forum on Minnesota's New Immigration Laws" event has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The event will be rescheduled at a future date. Organizers ask for your assistance in spreading the word about this cancellation. For more information, contact Susannah Ottaway of the Carleton College Humanities Center at (507) 222-4217.


Jane McDonnell's Poetry Reading - POSTPONED!

Northfielder Jane McDonnell's reading of her new poetry collection, A Bone in the Throat, has been postponed. 

Watch Northfield.org for the rescheduling of the reading next spring.


Sr Center Offers Program on Depression

Help for depression

Have you worried that a close friend may be suffering from depression?  Would you like to be able to help, but aren’t sure how?  Or perhaps you experience ups and downs, and would like to know more about how to deal with those low, gray days, and become more resilient and less prone to depression.  This program will cover the signs of depression, and the ways you can help yourself or others you care about feel better.  

The Senior Center is offering a program on depression, for three consecutive Thursday mornings, starting on January 30 at 9:30.


2014 NCO Annual Meeting

2014 NCO Annual Meeting

On Wednesday, January 22, Northfield Citizens Online (NCO) held its annual meeting at the Contented Cow. Sixteen people attended the hour-long meeting, which began with an overview of Northfield.org's strategic plan, "What's Next for Northfield.org?" A slate of candidates was nominated to fill the vacancies left by Nate White, Jane McWilliams, Rob Hardy, Kathy Ness, and Tami Enfield. The new board members are: Jaye Lawrence, Theo Durbin, Jeff Ondich, Aramis Wells, and Michael Garlitz. Finally, the board elected officers for 2014: Leah Rich (chair), Corey Butler (vice chair), Jaye Lawrence (secretary), and Christopher Tassava (treasurer). The 2013 NCO annual report can be found here


Make Your Mark - Special Kick-Off for 4th Annual Sidewalk Poetry Competition

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From Northfield Arts and Culture Commission Chair Philip Spensley, comes this announcement:

Time to get those images that inspire you into words.  For the fourth year running, Northfielders will have the opportunity to see their poems or those written by their friends and neighbors stamped into sidewalks around town. 

The 2014 competition kicks off Saturday, February 1, at 10 a.m. in the Just Food's Community Meeting Room with the first public screening of Paul Krause's new documentary "Northfield's Sidewalk Poetry" (see the bottom of this post for a short preview).  The public is invited to attend and to bring a favorite poem to share.  The 2014 competition runs throughout February, with the final date to submit poems either mailed or delivered by 5:30 pm on February 28.


Carleton presents Area Premiere of “Remembering Nokutela,” Latest Film by Professor Chérif Keita

Remembering Nokutela

Carleton College will present the area’s premiere screening of “Remembering Nokutela,” the latest documentary film by Professor of French and Francophone Studies ChérifKeita, on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. The film, screened as part of the College’s International Film Forum, and co-sponsored by the Carleton Humanities Center, chronicles Keita’s four-year-long journey to uncover the story of Nokutela Dube (1873-1917), the long-forgotten woman pioneer of the liberation movement in South Africa. A question and answer session with Keita will follow the screening. The film is suitable for all audiences and the screening is free and open to the public.

Keita stresses the significance of this particular film: “All too often, the (hi)story of women is reduced to a footnote in the epic of brave men. In Africa, that footnote simply disappears when a woman has not been able to conceive or bear a child.” The story “rescues Nokutela from the purgatory of history, almost a century after her death at the age of 44.”


Carleton presents Weekly International Film Forum

Carleton College is hosting a weekly International Film Forum, with screenings held every Thursday (while classes are in session) beginning at 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Featuring films from all around the world, these screenings are free and open to the public.


Beginners Guide to Home Brewing

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 Michael Cote, President of the Minnesota Home Brewers Association, will speak at the Northfield Public Library on Saturday, February 8, from 1-3 PM on home brewing.   Mr. Cote works at Midwest Brewing and teaches classes on home brewing. 

According to the American Homebrewers Association home brewing is gaining in popularity each year.  In 2012 more than 1 million home brewers brewed about 2 million barrels of beer.  If you are a complete beginner or just have questions on your first batch this program is for you.  The program will be held in the meeting room and is free and open to all.  For more information or to make disability arrangements, please call the library at 507-645-6606.


Carleton Convocation Explores The Universe

Dr. Sidney Wolff

Renowned astronomer Dr. Sidney Wolff, a member of the Carleton Class of 1962, will present the College’s weekly convocation on Friday, Jan. 24 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Exploring New Worlds,” Wolff’s presentation is free and open to the public. Convocations are also streamed live and can be viewed online at go.carleton.edu/convo/.

Wolff’s numerous achievements make her one of the most respected astronomers today. She has served a series of directorships, including those at Kitt Peak National Observatory (1984-1987), the Gemini Project (1992-1994), and the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO; 1987-2001). It was the directorship of NOAO that had Wolff recognized as the first woman to direct a major U.S. observatory.


Public Invited to Screenings Hosted by Carleton Film Society

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The Carleton Film Society, a student-run organization that promotes arthouse films, presents weekly public screenings on Saturday evenings at 4:30 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Cinema. Each film is preceded by an introduction from a Carleton professor or other guest speaker, and student-led discussions follow the screenings. Screenings are free and open to the public.

Upcoming screenings include


Carleton presents an Evening with The ’53 Swingbillies

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Carleton College is pleased to present a not-to-be-missed performance by The ’53 Swingbillies, taking place Friday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

The ’53 Swingbillies honor several musical traditions, including Gypsy Jazz, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Swing. 1953 being the year that both Django Rheinhardt and Hank Williams died, as well as the year that guitarist/singer/songwriter Mark Kreitzer and fiddler Tom Schaefer were born, there may well be a cosmic connection beyond a love of the music! The band is rounded out with bassist/vocalist Chuck Kreitzer and percussionist Anthony Ihrig.


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