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Poem in Your Pocket Day and Writers Night: Thursday, April 27

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Northfield’s annual celebration of National Poetry Month culminates on Thursday, April 27 with two special events: Poem in Your Pocket Day and Writers Night.

This marks the fifth year of Northfield’s participation in the national Poem in Your Pocket Day. In twelve locations, Northfielders will have the opportunity to select poems to take with them for sharing with others—friends, family, co-workers and even strangers.  The boxes include winning Northfield Sidewalk Poems, as well as favorite poems in the public domain. This year, poems in Spanish have been added to the boxes.  

Red boxes of poetry will be placed in Northfield businesses from Thursday, April 27th through Sunday, April 30th.   The Arts and Culture Commission encourages citizens to select poems and enthusiastically share them with others, perhaps even taking time to read them aloud.


Chess Players Invted to Public Library Club

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The Northfield Public Library will be starting a chess club which will be held in the meeting room from 6 to 8 pm on the first and third Mondays of the month beginning  May 1.  We have five chess sets available, but attendees are welcome to bring their own.  If you wish to use a chess clock you must bring your own.  Participants are welcome to play whatever style of chess they would like.


Celebrate International Women’s Day Rally on Bridge Square Wednesday at Noon!

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Let’s mark the day by recognizing the enormous value that women add to our socioeconomic system – all while receiving lower wages, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity. Let’s stand together for equity, justice and the human rights of women and all who are gender-oppressed. Join us and wear RED for a group photo to be sent as a reminder to our representatives! The talented Wendy Smith will provide music!

The International Women’s Strike on March 8th, 2017 is an international day of action, planned and organized by women in more than 30 different countries. In the spirit of solidarity and internationalism, in the United States March 8th will be a day of action organized by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards working women, women of color, Native women, disabled.


Poetry Night: Kathleen Roberts

Content Bookstore and the Northfield Poet Laureate invite you to a poetry reading by Kathleen Roberts (Carleton '12) on Thursday, February 2, starting at 7pm. The reading is part of the Poetry Night series at Content.

Kathleen graduated from Carleton and went on to become the literary director of the Prøve Collective (a contemporary gallery and artists' collective in Duluth), the founding editor of Prøof Magazine, and a board member of the Duluth-based Spirit Lake Poetry Series.


AUTHOR SPEAKER, TAHA MUHAMMAD, TO TALK JANUARY 26 AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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     Come to the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, January 26, at 7:00 pm and hear Taha Muhammad talk about his experience coming to the United States after escaping Iraq, and read from his book We Survived Iraq and Turkey; Long Road to Freedom.  His book provides a compelling account of one family's quest for freedom, escaping the brutal Saddam Hussein regime and the search for a better life in America.  The recounts Taha Muhammad's early life in Kirkuk, Iraq, and his experience in leading his wife and four sons through treacherous mountain country into Turkey, where the family encountered more oppression and discrimination at the hands of Turkish military and security forces.  After surviving several life threatening events, and moving from one refugee camp to another, the family finally reached a U.S.


2017 HOT READS FOR COLDS NIGHT AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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Hot Reads for Cold Nights returns to the Northfield Public Library this winter.  During the cold, snowy months of winter, curl up and read some books and win prizes at the library!  Join the library Hot Reads program, our winter adult reading program, starting Monday, January 9, and read for prizes until Saturday, March 4.  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 names and phone number section of the paper will be cut off and put in a fishbowl.  The comment section of each slip will be included in a notebook.  Patrons will be able to browse 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.  Patrons who use the Northfield Senior Center will be able to sign up and drop their book slips at the Senior Center.  The c


Save the Northfield Depot Paver Fundraiser

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Save the Northfield Depot is pleased with the 2016 progress — successful move of the depot and completion of initial repairs — but more work needs to be done for which funding is needed.

The group is announcing an opportunity to permanently show support of the depot project through its “Paving Our Way from the Past to the Future” engraved paver sale, which begins in December and will extend through 2017.

Next summer, the pavers will be placed in the sculpture garden and pathways. The sculpture garden plan, a pro bono effort of a landscape planner, will include plantings, two sculptures donated by private individuals and a water feature centered in the garden patio (see illustration).


MEA break is THURSDAY & FRIDAY! We will have LEGOS & DUPLOS creative time at the Library

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Since the kids are home from school on Thursday 10/20 and Friday 10/21 we have open creative times with our Lego & Duplos!  They will be out in the main floor meeting room from 10 am to 2 pm.  Come and play! 

Free! Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. Northfield, MN 55057

http://kidsnpl.blogspot.com/ 


“9/11: A Fifteen Year Anniversary Commemoration” - Art at City Hall Reception

This year, our nation recognizes the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Northfield acknowledges the events of that period with an art exhibit presented by Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission on display in City Hall “9/11: A Fifteen Year Anniversary Commemoration."  In this exhibit, Northfield artists Wendell Arneson, Marybeth Coyle, Toni Easterson, Jill Ewald, Shawnee Langworthy, Sharol Nau, Riki Kölbl Nelson, Don Roos, John Saurer and Mar Valdencantos present their look at the tragedy and the rebuilding of the country. The works in this powerful exhibit include paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, collages, textiles, and combinations of these materials.


Many events at the Northfield Public Library this fall-

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September 29, Thursday, 7-8:30 PM

Finding Northfield's History in Nooks and Crannies

How to research and write local history.  A panel discussion with Earl Weinmann (and his students), Susan Hvistendahl and Bruce Colwell, all of whom have written about people and places in Northfield that have made our community what it is now.  Refreshments will be served. Q&A following the panelists' stories. In the library's Bunday Meeting Room

Thursday, October 6 at 7 pm  


Northfield Youth Lead Gathering for Peace

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There was a youth-led gathering on Bridge Square on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the International Day of Peace. A multi-age group gathered to hear Northfield’s Poet Laureate Rob Hardy read his poem “Building Blocks”, written for the event. On his website, Rough Draft, Hardy says, the poem is “ . . . dedicated to the young people of our community, who have so much to teach us about making a more peaceful world.”

Musicians and organizers who participated in this gathering were Elijah Leer and Synneva Bratland as well as Jack Cuddy and Gabi Estrada.

The International Day of Peace was brought into being by United Nationals Resolutions in 1981 and 2001. Each year, hundreds of students take part in a student observance.

To see the text of Rob Hardy’s poem: http://rbhardy3rd.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 


September 2016 Flooding

Here's a collection of photos and information on local flooding compiled on Storify: Northfield Flood 2016 (keep refreshing the page for new posts). 

Here's the United States Geological Survey (USGS) page that shows current precipitation, discharge, and flood levels for the Cannon River in Northfield: USGS 05355024 Cannon River at Northfield MN

Facebook: Like Rice County Skywarn on Facebook for additional information. 

Closings/Cancellations:

Flood Closings (9/22/16)

UPDATE: Local Flood Warning (City of Northfield/Northfield Police Department). Thursday, September 22, 2pm. 

30pm 9/22/16)


Finding Local History: A Panel Discussion

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On Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a panel discussion among local historians Bruce Colwell, Susan Hvistendahl and Earl Weinmann and his Middle School students, moderated by Northfield Historical Society Director Hayes Scriven

The panelists/authors will talk about how they research and write about Northfield history - their resources, the surprises, the struggles and, of course, their triumphs. Colwell has recently completed a history of our Northfield Public Library; Hvistendahl has written and published several local histories, as have Weinmann's students.  Books will be on sale.  Refreshments will be free.  All are welcome!

This event will be held at the Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington Street


Premiere of New Documentary

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From film maker, Paul Krause, comes this invitation:

"Hope you can make the world premiere of my new documentary. It will take place tomorrow (Thursday, Aug 25) at 7pm at the Northfield High School auditorium (just off Division street).

It features the creative energy of 13 high school art students as they work together to create the marvelous sculpture now exhibited in front of the Northfield Library on Division Street. 

It is one hour in length and is free and open to all."


An arts convergence, on Division Street

Five stunning women – created by acclaimed “Flower Bomber” artist David W. Cook and based on the characters of the Twin Cities hit musical “Lemonade for the Lawnboy”—have arrived in Northfield to celebrate the grand opening of ArtMakers,  a new arts group that develops, supports and features artists with disabilities.

ArtMakers debuts “Read Me a Story,” its first show in its new studio, on Saturday, August 13 at 10:30 am at the Hotspot, 801 Division Street. The one-hour performance combines stories, songs and puppets for a fun, interactive show for the kid in all of us.


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