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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! 


Our library's inside looks out!

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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: 

http://guides.mynpl.org/libraryimprovement.

Saturday, May 7, 10 AM - 5 PM: The library will reopen to the community. Save the date!


Northfield Reads $2 Dinner Thursday, March 10, at 6:00 pm at UCC

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   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.


Poetry Night @ Content Bookstore: Arcadia and TORCH students

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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. 


Progress at the library!

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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!


Friends of the Library new board members

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The Friends of the Library board welcome two new board members - Tamara Detert and Maelynn Rosas. They and the other board members work together to support our public library in its temporary location at City Hall and in the spring 2016 at its newly renovated building at 210 Washington Street.

Members are, front to back, left to right: Bruce Duffy, Margit Johnson, Bill North, Lois Stratmoen, Lynne Young, Mary Steen, Leesa Wisdorf, Debbie Navarro, Tamara Detert, Jennifer Cox Johnson, Michele Reese, Maelynn Rosas, Zach Pruitt (Becky Zrimsek, not pictured).


New WINGS Board Elected at Annual Meeting

2016 WINGS Board

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) educates and expands the number of women in philanthropy, builds and strengthens community through pooled investments, and improves the lives of women and youth in the Northfield area through focused giving.

2016 WINGS Board (from left to right): Laura Riehle-Merrill, Leah Eby, Nancy Moe, Meleah Follen, Kathy Olson, Alice Carson, Diane Lyman, Nancy Carlson, Maelynn Rosas, Vicki Stevens, Jacqui Dorsey (Not pictured: Patsy Ophaug, Bonnie Jean Flom)


First steel, then glass!

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The renovation of our public library continues in spite of cold and snow.  The steel framing for the new entrance and atrium has been anchored into the existing building.  Once the framing is complete, watch for the glazing that will let in the sunshine, keep out the cold and enable you to see through to the original building. Steel-and-glass is the architects' way of leaning lightly on our historic Carnegie library while gaining much-needed space.

For more photos of the extensive interior renovations, see guides.mynpl.org. To make a donation to the renovation, including patio furniture, special features in the children's area and conference room amenities (not included in the renovation budget), go to www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org. 


WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area nonprofit organizations to apply for a 2016 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and youth in the Northfield area. WINGS gives grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District.

WINGS funds grants in the following areas of focus: housing stability, food stability, economic stability, safe environments for victims of domestic violence, early learning, out-of-school programs, adult education, health care, healthy behaviors and entrepreneurship. WINGS grants must be used in the year they are awarded. Every grant candidate is considered anew in each grant cycle.


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