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Northfield Reads is a community initiative to encourage people from across the Northfield area to come together to talk, share ideas, connect, and to open themselves to diverse perspectives.  The hope is that through shared readings and conversations, we will create more and broader connections and understandings within the community.  This year, Northfield Reads is focusing on mental illness, with a goal of destigmatizing mental illness.  We will discuss the book Unholy Ghost: writers on depression edited by Nell Casey.  The book will be a springboard for discussions.  Participants need not read the entire book, but by reading several selections, they will be prepared to discuss the book and topic.  Mental illness is very prevalent in our society.  Most people have either experienced a mental illness themselves or have a family member or friend who suffers from mental illness.  The goals of Northfield Reads are to raise awareness of mental illness by providing information about mental illness, destigmatize mental illness, and provide information for obtaining help and support.  Northfield Reads is sponsored by the Human Rights Commission, the Northfield Public Library, Carleton College, and Content Books.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, March 2 - NAMI Presentation - Cannon Valley Friends Meeting House, 512 Washington Ave. N, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness).  Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness.

Sunday, March 12 - Showing of the movie Lars and the Real Girl at the Weitz Center, Carleton College, 4:00 - 6:30 pm

There will be discussion after the movie followed by dinner.

Thursday, March 23 - Book discussion at Content Book Store, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Join Northfield reads committee members for discussion of the book, Unholy Ghost.  Participants are welcome to read all of the book, or one or two chapters and join the discussion.

Thursday, March 30 - Final Event at United Methodist Church, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

The program will include a short play, presentations by local mental health professionals and discussion.  Our goals will be to understand mental illness, provide resources, and destigmatize mental illness.

All events are free and open to the publc.  Questions:  Contact Corinne Smith at