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Submitted by Bruce Anderson on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 1:11pm
Calling all Northfield area bike enthusiasts: if you want to meet a bunch of folks who love to ride, plan to get yourself down to FIT to be TRI'd for the Cannon Valley Velo Club's annual season kickoff meeting at 9:00 AM Saturday March 8. There will be much bike talk, including discussion of the full array of ride options available this season, BAGELs and beverages, and a gravel ride to follow (studded and/or fat tires highly recommended given the glazed/rutted/snowy condition of area gravel roads). Newbies are encouraged to come on down and join us!
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 7:16pm
If you haven't yet submitted your poems for this year's competition, you only have a few more days to do so. The contest, run by the Arts and Culture Commission and funded by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, closes this Friday, February 28, at 5:30 pm. Either mail your poems to the Northfield Public Library, 212 Division St, postmarked by February 28, or turn them in at the library circulation desk by 5: 30 pm, Friday, before the library closes, and make sure that your envelope is marked "sidewalk poetry".
For full competition rules visit www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 1:26pm
From 10:30-4:30 the Carleton Mortar Board Society members are hosting a Dr. Seuss Read-a-thon! In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday they will be reading his books in the children's area of the library. Come on by to listen or take a turn reading!
Library Kids Club is a new afternoon program that begins this Saturday. It's just for kids K-5. They will explore the library with awesome volunteers from Minnesota Reading Corps, St. Olaf & Carleton Colleges. They will be exploring a different topic every week– transportation, crafts, cooking/baking (food), travel, sports or animals! Learn about using the library, how to find books and then expanding the topic with reading, crafts, and activities.
No charge! Saturdays 1 to 3 March 1, 8 and April 5, 12 & 26.
For more information email or call Kathy.Ness@ci.northfield.mn.us 507.645.1804
Submitted by Bonnie Jean Flom on Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:23am
Want to MAKE YOUR MARK in a downtown sidewalk? Here's your chance! Thanks to funding provided by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, the Arts and Culture Commission of Northfield is currently conducting its fourth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Residents of Northfield and students attending Northfield schools at all levels (including the colleges) are eligible to participate. Each person may submit up to two poems. A blind judging process is carried out, during which judges are unaware of any identifying information regarding the poets. Please look to the website of the Friends and Foundation of the Library for important contest guidelines. Poems may be submitted to the Library throughout the month until 5:30 pm on Friday, February 28th. Winning poets will be announced in March.
Submitted by Debby Nitz on Fri, 02/07/2014 - 2:59pm
On Thursday, February 13, the Northfield Public Library will open the Experience Art in Southeastern Libraries (easel) exhibit to the Northfieldcommunity. Showcasing original artworks by regional artists, this exhibit revolves around each artist’s interpretation of the theme of books, a letter or letters, reading authors, or the library. One of thirteen locations in Southeastern Minnesota selected to host the exhibit, it will be open in our community from February 13 to March 26, 2014.
An Artists’ Reception will be held opening day - Thursday, February 13, from 7-8pm on the library’s 2ndfloor. Refreshments will be served. Come and meet some of the easel artists and enjoy a homemade treat!
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 8:42pm
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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Tue, 01/21/2014 - 9:04pm
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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sat, 01/11/2014 - 8:11pm
Chair Philip Spensley announces that the Arts and Culture Commission's 2014 Living Treasure Award which annually honors a Northfield area resident who has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and behalf of the arts and culture, will be presented by Mayor Dana Graham to Patsy Dew at a ceremony starting at 7 pm at the Grand Event Center, Thursday, January 16. The public is invited to attend the celebration and to share in the expression of appreciation for Patsy's many and significant contributions to the community. Live music will be provided by Peterj Webb. Snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available. Two tickets to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre and two to the Old Log Theatre will be given as door prizes, thanks to Jeff Johnson and KYMN.
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Sat, 01/11/2014 - 12:50pm
(1846–1868)Teenaged Civil War SoldierCharley Goddard
What was it like to be a teenage soldier during the Civil War?
You will learn about:
· Goddard’s childhood in the frontier town of Winona, Minnesota
· Tensions leading to the start of the Civil War in 1861
· Goddard’s experiences on and off the battlefield, told through his many letters home
· The impact of the Civil War, both nationally and in Minnesota
· See items from the Northfield Historical society’s Civil War collection.
Submitted by Joan Ennis on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 5:00pm
Attention all sixth graders! Jumpstart your History Day project by coming to the second annual Northfield Public Library History Day Hullabaloo, on Saturday, January 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
History Day mentors, (volunteers from Carleton College, St. Olaf College, and the Northfield community) will meet individually with students and provide guidance with topics, research sources, and bibliographic information. Mentors and librarians will demonstrate library and other databases available for research. Librarians will also display primary and secondary resources.
Come for help with your project and enjoy the fun! Refreshments will be served. $5.00 gift certificates to downtown businesses will be raffled off during the morning. Students attending the Hullabaloo will receive extra credit toward their project. All sixth grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend.
Submitted by Joan Ennis on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 4:57pm
Start 2014 off healthy and attend a series of monthly nutrition seminars at the Northfield Public Library. Local nutritionist Noel Aldrich will discuss the following topics:
Thursday, January 9, 7:00 PM
Proactive Health Strategies
– To start right, you have to know your baseline
To improve your health, you need to know your starting point. This seminar will provide examples of basic blood test results used for evaluating current health and how to use nutrition strategies for health improvements in the New Year.
Submitted by Joan Ennis on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 4:51pm
The date has been finalized for Tuesday, January 21. Alison will talk at the Middle School in the morning, and speak at the library at 7:00 that evening.Come to the Northfield Public Library and meet New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer prize nominee , Alison McGhee on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Alison McGhee is a Minnesota author, and won the Minnesota Book Award for her first novel, Rainlight, in 1999. Since her very successful beginning, she has written other adult novels: Shadow Baby and Was it Beautiful and Falling Boy. After writing several of her adult novels, she began writing picture books, young adult novels, and children’s chapter books. She has garnered awards in several categories of her writing. In addition to her first Minnesota Book Award, she won the Great Lakes College Association National Fiction Award for Rainlight.
Submitted by Joan Ennis on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 4:48pm
Hot Reads for Cold Nights returns to the Northfield Public Library this winter. During the cold, snowy months of January and February, curl up and read some books and win prizes at the library! Join the library Hot Reads program starting Monday, January 6, and read for prizes until Friday, February 28.
After reading a book, each patron will fill out a slip with their name and phone number and a few lines describing the book. The name and phone number section of the paper will be cut off and put in a fishbowl. The comment section of each slip will be posted on the bulletin board downstairs, near the new books. Patrons will be able to browse each other comments for ideas of new books. From the names in the fishbowl, three winners will be drawn each week. Each winner will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to a downtown business. Once again, patrons who use the Northfield Senior Center will be able to sign up and drop their book slips at the Senior Center. The completed slips will be posted at the library, and the participants will be included in the weekly drawings.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sat, 12/21/2013 - 8:53pm
All are welcome to attend NCO's Annual Meeting at the Cow on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. In addition to electing new board members, we will hear about the strategic plan for Northfield.org's future. Laptops and board members will be on hand to help folks through the process of submitting content to the website. AND, QuizMistress Jessical Peterson White will be on hand to challenge our minds! Should be fun!
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 11:06am
Civil War student Jim Stark will present the fifth talk in a series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War on Thursday, December 19, at 6:00 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society, 408 Division Street.
The focus will be the aftermath of Gettysburg and Vicksburg when the south was reeling from the twin defeats. Mr. Stark will cover the fall of Port Hudson, which turned control of the Mississippi down to the Gulf of Mexico to the north. Also included will be the heroics of the 54th Massachusetts at Fort Wagner, the New York draft riots, guerilla activity in Kansas and Missouri and other conflicts. He will examine the Gettysburg Address.
The program is free and open to the public.