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Northfield Public Library's Big Pack

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The Northfield Public Library at 3rd and Washington is closed, but the library opens its doors at City Hall at 8th and Washington on Monday, July 13.  Meanwhile, the Big Pack is about to begin.  Starting July 16 lots of volunteers will build boxes and pack them with 70,000 books!

Many thanks to those volunteers and to the Northfield food vendors who are donating food and beverages to fuel the volunteers.  Thanks to Caribou Coffee, Cub Foods, Dominos Pizza, Econofoods, The Hideaway Coffeehouse, Hogan Bros, James Gang Coffee and Subway.


Content Bookstore celebrates the release of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman

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On Tuesday, July 14th, Content is celebrating the much-anticipated release of Go Set a Watchman! Pick up your copy starting at 10 am and join us for coffee and pastries. We'll be donating 10% of our sales throughout the release day to the Cynthia Hurd Memorial Fund at the Charleston County Public Library, in honor of the librarian killed in last month's shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. 


Library Needs Volunteers!

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The Northfield Public Library needs volunteers to help pack up the library collection in anticipation of the renovation project.

Volunteers need to sign up no later than Friday, June 26 at 5 PM for packing in mid July.

YOU can help! Go to guides.mynpl.org or call Laurie or Debby at 645-6606 and volunteer for two or more hours on Thursday, July 16, Friday, July 17, Monday, July 20 or Tuesday, July 21. Daily shifts from 8-10 AM, 10 AM - 12 noon and 1-3 PM.  Anyone 16 years or older is encouraged to help.

Thanks for your help! 


The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey – Memories from the Farm of My Youth

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Nationally syndicated agricultural columnist Alan Guebert and his daughter, Mary Grace Foxwell, will appear on Monday June 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Northfield Senior Center to read from their recently released book, The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey

Published by the University of Illinois Press, the book is a collection of personal memories written over the past two decades by Guebert as part of his weekly Farm and Food File column. Each column recalls and reflects on the people, food, and values he learned on the 720-acre, 100-cow “southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth” in the late 1960s.


Northfield Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday May 2

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Join Content Bookstore and independent bookstores across the country on May 2 for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.

Following the runaway success of last year’s California Bookstore Day, bookstores across the nation are now preparing for Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores on May 2nd.

Things kick off in Northfield with local celebrity story time at 10:30 am. Helen Forsythe will be playing live in the store at 11:30 am. After cake at 1:00 pm, Content will hold an “About a book” open mic session. Participants are invited to talk about a favorite book, and will be rewarded with a free hand-picked used book by store staff. Matt Arthur plays a set at 3:30 pm. Throughout the day, visitors are welcome to contribute to a community book-making project.


Poem in Your Pocket Day: Thursday, April 30

We are very serious about our love of poetry in this town - so much so that, for five years running, Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission has chosen local poets’ works to be installed in concrete. In further demonstration of our community’s love of poetry, this week marks the third year of Northfield’s participation in the national Poem in Your Pocket Day, as established by the Academy of American Poets. In twelve locations, Northfielders will have the opportunity to select poems to take with them for sharing with others - friends, family, co-workers and even strangers. Included in the boxes are not only poems penned by the winning poets in Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry Competition, but those of well-known poets of long ago, as well.


Library volunteers needed June 8-11

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Right now we need volunteers to help pack up the library before the renovation begins! June 8-11, in particular! Beginning June 8 the Library will pack up its entire collection for storage while the building is under renovation. We are looking for volunteers to help us with this amazing task! There are LOTS of ways you can help. We'll need packers, box builders, snack/lunch helpers, runners, sign-in desk helpers, box movers and cart loaders.

We will have three 2-hour shifts per day. We will pack on Monday June 8 through Thursday, June 11. The shifts will be 8-10 AM, 10-12 noon and 1-3 PM. Sign up for whatever works for you that week. You may volunteer for multiple shifts! The City of Northfield requires that all volunteers sign a waiver form and also undergo a background check, which you will find on line or at the library (see below).


Author / MPR Commentator Jonathan Odell Reads at Content Bookstore

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Jonathan Odell, a Minnesota author born in Mississippi, and regular commentator for Minnesota Public Radio, uses story to bridge personal, racial, and cultural differences.
 
He'll be at Content Bookstore on Wednesday, April 8, at 6:30pm reading from and discussing his novel Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. In the book, Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida - one wealthy and white and the other poor and black - who only have two things in common, the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.
 
In her review of Miss Hazel for the Star Tribune, Christine Brunkhorst writes "this is an important story beautifully told. It is why we read novels. You will care about these characters — and emerge more aware and empathetic because of them." Of Mr. Odell, Pat Conroy writes "Jonathan Odell can take his place in the distinguished pantheon of Southern authors."

City to Consolidate Library Expansion and Skateboard Park Projects

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At its meeting on Tuesday evening, the Northfield City Council voted unanimously to consolidate the library expansion and skateboard park projects. The skatepark will now be incorporated into the design of the new library space.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to improve the connectivity of City services,” said acting Mayor David Peterson Graham.

Peterson Graham added that this action heralds a new era of harmony on the City Council.

Council member Erica DeLudescher agreed.

“The City Council has merged into a single consciousness,” she said. “Resistance is futile.”


Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House to open second location

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Longtime downtown Northfield coffee shop Goodbye Blue Monday is set to open its second location in Dundas in what is expected to be the first of 73 new shops.

The new java shop’s soft opening is slated for April 11 and will kick off with a "Breakfast of Champions."


"For the Love of Cities”: An Invitation to Participate in Two Events About Cities and their Future

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The Northfield Arts and Culture Commission will sponsor two events in April surrounding the book “For the Love of Cities: the Love Affair between People and their Places” by Peter Kageyama.  On April 16 there will be a book discussion from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m. at Carleton College Great Hall, located in Severance Hall.  Philip Spensley of the ACC will facilitate the discussion.   Books can be ordered at Content Bookstore, 314 Division St. in downtown Northfield or requested at the Northfield Public Library.


What is going on with the Northfield Public Library?

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Yes, we are moving temporarily to City Hall.  We will open on the second floor Monday, June 1st.

The MOVE (It’s temporary)


Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Network - Join us Monday, March 2nd 6:00 pm

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Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Community - Supporting our local veterans

Call to Action:  Join us for our Kick-Off Event, When:  Mon March 2nd 6:00-8:30 pm at the National Guard Armory

What is a Yellow RibbonCommunity?

A Yellow Ribbon Community unites key areas within a community to create a comprehensivenetwork that connects and coordinates agencies, organizations, resources and employers for the purpose of creating access toresources that meet the needs at the local level of Service Members, Veterans and Military Families across the state ofMinnesota.

Why Become a Yellow Ribbon Community?


Northfield Reads Selection is "Enrique's Journey"

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Do you have your winter reading planned out?  Put Enrique’s Journey, by Sonia Nazario at the top of your list and participate in a community read!  Northfield Reads is initiated by the Northfield Human Rights Commission, and also sponsored by the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Public Schools, Carleton College, and Content bookstore.  

How do you participate?  Read the book and suggest the book for your book group, form a group at your church, or discuss the books with some friends.  Some students at Northfield Schools will be reading the book.  On Monday, April 13, at 7:00 – 8:30 pm the community will gather at the Church of St. Dominic for a program and small group discussions.

 


Arts and Culture Commission Celebrates Theo and DeWayne Wee

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The public is invited to celebrate the 2015 Living Treasure Award to Theo and DeWayne Wee on Thursday, January 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grand Event Center. The award is given annually by the City of Northfield’s Arts and Culture Commission to a person or organization that has contributed substantially over a period of time to the identity of Northfield and to its quality of life through arts and culture.

Commission chair, Philip Spensley, notes that over the years since their arrival in Northfield in 1966, the Wees “consistently, generously and unstintingly contributed their skills and talents to a wide range of community organizations and events;” They both serve as organists for local churches and have worked with the public schools’ music programs.


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