Northfield’s other annual tradition: Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair gears up


It’s a sure sign of Spring: The annual Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair.

The 2016 Book Fair takes place April 26-30 at the Northfield Ice Arena on Highway 3.

This Northfield tradition got its humble start 55 years ago on the back porch of an Auxiliary member’s home. (At the time, members thought they might collect enough books to do the sale once.) Now, it fills the Northfield Ice Arena with more than 10,000 books, DVDs, CDs and vinyl. The Book Fair has raised over $750,000 to support Hospital projects and scholarships for local students training for careers in healthcare. 

The 5-day fair takes months of planning and weeks of sorting and setting up. If you haven’t seen the time-lapse video from 2014 (thanks, Tim Freeland!), check it out:


2016 Book Fair schedule

Donation dates:

- April 11-22: weekdays 9 am – 5 pm

- April 16: Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

- April 23: Saturday 9 am – noon

Donations are accepted at the Ice Arena on Highway 3.


Sale dates:

- April 26: 5 pm – 9 pm

- April 27-29: 9 am – 9 pm (Friday is 50% off day)

- April 30: 8 am – 3 pm ($5 bag sale 8 am – 12:30 pm; FREE books 1 pm – 3 pm)


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Happy Reading!