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Oldies Sing-Along with Marc Reigel at Froggy Bottoms!

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On Thursday, June 16, Marc Reigel (Carleton Class of '67) returns to lead his 11th oldies sing-along of classic hits from the 50s and 60s at Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Lily PADio from 8-10:30 pm. Reigel (keyboard) will be joined by Barry Gillespie of Owatonna, the lead singer of Reigel's popular Night Crawlers band from Carleton of the 1960s, and Wendy Smith (guitar), Rae Rusnak (harmonica) and Lori Williams (saxophone). Carleton grads Ann Etter and Michelle Drenth add their voices and Go Go Girl outfits to golden age rock and roll songs by Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and many more, including the Night Crawlers' own "You Say." Songbooks will be provided. 


Pickleball Courts Ready for Play in Riverside Lions Park

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Riverside Lions Park is the site of the City Parks Department’s newest recreation facility – a Pickleball Park. After seeing the popularity of indoor play, the decision was made to create the courts on a trial basis to determine the popularity of the sport that is growing nationally. Located on the asphalt pad formerly the home of the temporary skate park, the new amenity has four courts, ready for pickleball players, old and new to enjoy.


Northfield Public Library's website's new look by John Maakestad

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            We hope you have visited our renovated library since it reopened on May 7.  The two words most commonly heard about the library are “open” and “bright.”  Children delight in the much larger space and many books, DVDs, new toys and play areas.  Adults hang out in the glass atrium, reading the daily newspaper and drinking coffee.  Groups find the renovated meeting room to be comfortable and accommodating.

            A number of people have asked about the library’s website's new look – the brightly colored abstract.  With the permission of John Maakestad’s family, a detail of his 1983 painting “Jubilate” is now on new library cards (and key fobs), book bags and the library’s website. 


Susan Hvistendahl to Talk about Anna Dickie Olesen Thursday Evening

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The name of Anna Dickie Olesen was once known coast to coast in political circles. She was praised nationwide by the press for her oratorical skills and was the first woman ever endorsed by a major party for the U.S. Senate. She gave fiery speeches throughout Minnesota on her goal of representing the common people, accompanied by renowned orator and three-times candidate for president Williams Jennings Bryan.

On Thursday, June 9, at 6 pm, local historian Susan Hvistendahl will speak at the Northfield Historical Society about Olesen's life as a politician before and during her time living in Northfield and about her strange second marriage to a Georgia man, Chester Burge, who was the subject of Richard Jay Hutto's book "A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia." Burge's life and murder trial were featured in the recent Investigation Discovery "Crime to Remember" series.


Library's meeting room is open!

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The library's meeting room has been restored to its original size and function with added features of a digital projector, a large projection screen and comfortable chairs and tables for groups of various sizes.  Contact the library staff at 645-6606 to reserve the meeting room.  There are also two conference rooms available for 4-6 people each; dates and times of use can be reserved in advance.


Thanks for the Renovated Library!

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Thanks to the 500+ private donors and the City of Northfield AND the 2,200 visitors who came to the reopening of our public library on Saturday, May 7.  Your enthusiasm, donations, tax dollars and your patience all made the library renovation possible in record time.  

It was just two years ago that then City Administrator Tim Madigan suggested that the City spend $1M on necessary upgrades to the 1910 original building and the 1985 addition.  The Friends of the Library offered to match that amount.  Both partners kicked in more to make our library modern, flexible, code compliant and fun. Nine months of construction and a lot of hard work by Brennan Construction and city staff resulted in the grand opening on May 7. The library has resumed regular hours in a most amazing space!


Composer/Lyricist Gary Rue Offers Summer Songwriting Class

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Award winning composer/lyricist Gary Rue is offering an intensive professional level songwriting class in Northfield, June 13 through August 8 at Hot Spot Music, 801 Division Street, Northfield. The class focuses on songwriting as a craft, employing the major elements of the American popular song:  lyric, melody and harmony, in a lecture/workshop environment. The course is recommended for artists who are currently writing and/or performing their own work and who want to broaden their work to film, music theater, jingles, composing for other artists, paid commissions, etc.


Northfield Public Library News

May 7th

The Northfield Public Library will emerge from its construction cocoon this Saturday, May 7th at 10 am everyone is invited to the Grand Re-Opening ceremonies beginning at 10 am with a formal ribbon cutting.  In the meantime the library at City Hall and the 210 Washington site are closed as library & city staff move the remaining materials and shelves and to prepare the new space.  Neither bookdrop is available during this time, please keep your items until we open.

We will have new hours beginning May 9 with Sunday hours from 1 -5 pm running through June 5.  New weekly hours are Monday through Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.  Our contact numbers and email remain the same.  For more information call 507-645-6606.


Leslie Schultz to Read Selections from STILL LIFE WITH POPPIES: ELEGIES

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 Northfield poet, Leslie Schultz, will read from her recently published collection of poems, Still Life with Poppies: Elegies at Content Bookstore on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Her reading is part of Content’s series of poetry readings. The public is invited to this opportunity to enjoy hearing in the author’s voice selections from her book.

Published byKelsay Books, Still Live with Poppies is the latest of Schultz’s works which, in addition to poetry, include fiction and essays. Beginning in 2013, three of Schultz’s poems were selected by the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission to be published in the Sidewalk Poetry series.

To see examples of her work, including photography, visit Schulz’s website at:  www.winonamedia.net.


The library cornerstone is in!

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The "2016" cornerstone has been set into the base of the glass atrium of the renovated library.  There are now three cornerstones at the library - 1910, the original Carnegie building; 1985, the Steve Edwins addition that tripled the size of the original library; and now 2016, the atrium that has enabled the interiors of the 1910 and 1985 buildings to meet 21st century library needs and demands.  

Come see it all on Saturday, May 7.  Ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 AM, celebrations throughout the day until 5 PM.  


Public Invited to Hear Latest News About Save the Depot

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Save the Northfield Depot invites the public to an update on the depot project next Thursday, April 14th at 3 p.m.


Save the date! Sat. May 7th GRAND RE-OPENING of the Library!

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You're invited to "check out" the new, renovated, updated and spiffy Library.  There will an official ribbon cutting at 10 am and entertainment through out the day!  Larger than life Mo Willem's children's book characters "Elephant and Piggie" will be on-hand to welcome the kids. 

Back to our original address 210 Washington St.  

Our hours begining Sunday, May 8th are:

Monday -Thursday

9 to 8

Friday 9-5:30

Saturday 9-5

Sunday 1-5

    September through May

www.northfieldmn.info


The Library Moves Forward

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Our public library continues to make progress inside and out. Painting is nearing completion. The air handling system is in. The restrooms are beautiful - and ADA compliant! The terrazzo floors are curing. The carpeting is being installed. The staff will soon begin moving materials from long-term storage in Dundas back to 210 Washington. If the weather cooperates, we'll even see some landscaping and the new sidewalks before the grand reopening. Be sure to mark your calendars - Saturday, May 7, 10 AM for the formal ribbon cutting ceremony, 10:30 AM - 5 PM for tours, entertainment and a community-wide celebration! For more information, see www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org. 


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.


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! 


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