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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.


Book Signing at Northfield Historical Society

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Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that Susan Hvistendahl will do a book signing and presentation of her new book, Historic Happenings, at the Northfield Historical Society, 408 Division Street, on Thursday, January 15, starting at 6:30 pm. The book includes stories about the people, businesses and events that have made Northfield the special place it is today. These selected columns were originally published in The Entertainment Guide, which partnered with the Northfield Historical Society to publish the book in December.

There are inspiring stories of early merchant Hiram Scriver and John North, who founded the town in 1855 and soon established the Lyceum as a library, reading room and place for settlers to debate issues of the day. North’s ties to Abraham Lincoln are given, along with how North’s temperance policies led to an ax-wielding episode in 1858.


LOCATION CHANGE for Northfield Citizens Online Annual Meeting - January 22, 2015

Due to an event conflict at the previous location, Thursday's annual meeting of Northfield Citizens Online (Northfield.org) has been moved to Froggy Bottoms.

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All are welcome to attend NCO's Annual Meeting at Froggy Bottoms on Thursday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. In addition to electing new board members, we will unveil a sneak preview of the new Northfield.org website design. Board members will be on hand to discuss goals for Northfield.org and available volunteer roles. Learn how you can get involved and help share stories about Northfield and the people who live here!


Thrivent invites you to The More the Merrier with Sister!

Thrivent wants to celebrate the holidays with you!

Nobody loves Christmas more than Sister! Nobody brings a Midwestern holiday celebration to life like Sister. Experience the voices of the angels, the fun of the elves, the joy of the Aunts, the feeling of home, the warmth of friendship and share in the miracle of live theater. Your gift awaits in original Sister arrangements of holiday classics, fun characters, extended family that joins in the show, lefse samples for the Norwegian in all of us, and lots of spontaneous laughter! Put on your elf hat and bring your friends, your neighbors, your family and your coworkers to experience the energy of Sister.


Northfield Area Community Solar Invites Conversations During Winter Walk

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Northfield Area Ccmmunity Solar will have a table with information about the proposed solar garden at Winter Walk on Thursday evening outside Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House.  Winter Walkers are invited to stop by and talk about the proposed Northfield solar garden and to grab a brochure. Anyone in the Xcel service area is eligible to subscribe, whether in Rice County or any adjacent county. The NACS goal is to subscribe one megawatt of solar generation locally.


All Saints Episcopal Church Open House and Building Consecration

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Come see what all the construction has been about! All Saints Episcopal Church invites the Northfield community to an open house on Saturday, November 1 (All Saints Day), and a festive Eucharist with the Rt. Rev. Brian N. Prior, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, on Sunday, November 2, in celebration of the completion of our facilities renewal and renovation project.

Completely replacing everything but our historic 1866 "Prairie Gothic" worship space, the 12,000 sq ft expansion was designed from the ground up to meet the growing needs of our parish as well as to serve our local community. The new facility makes use of sustainable building techniques and energy efficient systems to reflect our care for the environment. Design, labor, and materials were all sourced locally whenever possible.

The Saturday open house runs from 1-5pm, and will include tours and refreshments interspersed with brief presentations, including a demonstration of our newly expanded organ and a brief history of All Saints. The program will close with Evening Prayer at 5pm. The Sunday Eucharist is at 10:30pm, followed by lunch. Please see allsaintsnorthfield.org for details and a full schedule. 


What the Trees Know: A Reading by Minnesota Book Award Winning Author Emilio DeGrazia

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On Thursday, November 13, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) welcomes Minnesota author Emilio DeGrazia to Northfield to give a reading of poetry and prose titled “What the Trees Know.” The reading will be held at The Hideaway Coffeehouse and Winebar (421 Division St. S.) at 7:00 p.m.

DeGrazia began publishing poetry and creative prose in 1973, and in 1977 founded Great River Review, the state’s most enduring small press literary magazine. His first collection of short fiction, Enemy Country (New Rivers, 1984), was selected by Anne Tyler for a Writer’s Choice Award, and a novel, Billy Brazil (New Rivers, 1991), was chosen for a Minnesota Voices Project award. A second collection, Seventeen Grams of Soul (Lone Oak Press), received a Minnesota Book Award in 1995.


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