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Submitted by Margit Johnson on Sun, 05/22/2016 - 5:38pm
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.
Submitted by Margit Johnson on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 9:11pm
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!
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 2:23pm
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.
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 11:17am
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.
Submitted by Leslie Schultz on Thu, 04/28/2016 - 1:16pm
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.
Submitted by Margit Johnson on Tue, 04/12/2016 - 9:13pm
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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 4:56pm
Save the Northfield Depot invites the public to an update on the depot project next Thursday, April 14th at 3 p.m.
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Wed, 04/06/2016 - 3:55pm
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:
9 to 8
September through May
Submitted by Margit Johnson on Sat, 04/02/2016 - 9:27pm
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.
Submitted by Margit Johnson on Sat, 03/26/2016 - 10:17am
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.
Submitted by Margit Johnson on Mon, 03/14/2016 - 9:24pm
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!
Submitted by Margit Johnson on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 11:41am
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:
Saturday, May 7, 10 AM - 5 PM: The library will reopen to the community. Save the date!
Submitted by Joan Ennis on Tue, 03/01/2016 - 3:44pm
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.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 11:32am
You are invited to Poetry Night at Content Bookstore on Thursday, March 3, featuring the winners of the Arcadia Charter School Poetry Out Loud Competition and the TORCH Poetry Slam. The event starts at 7pm at Content Bookstore (314 Division St. S). This will be the sixth in a series of monthly poetry readings at Content.
Arcadia students Bella Callery and Anna Kochever will recite the poems they're getting ready to recite at the Poetry Out Loud state semi-finals in Minneapolis on March 8 and 9. TORCH students Alondra Perez and Chris Lazaro will perform their winning poems from the TORCH Poetry Slam.
After the performances by the featured students, members of the audience are invited to share a poem of their own at the open mic. Other student poets are especially encouraged to share a poem.
Submitted by Margit Johnson on Mon, 02/15/2016 - 10:25pm
The steel framing has been covered with glass in the atrium and entrance. Now that's progress! The construction crew continues to work both inside and outside. Lots of drywall is being installed, which means that taping and painting can't be far behind.
To see more photos of the project: http://guides.mynpl.org/libraryimprovement
Save Saturday, May 7 - the day the library reopens in all its renovated splendor!