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Historical Fiction Writer Jocelyn Green to Speak at the Northfield Public Library July 25.

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     Author Jocelyn Green will present a talk, "Bring the Story in History to Life," at the Northfield Public Library on Monday, July 25, at 6:30 pmBetween Two Shores,  her latest novel, is set in Montrea, 1759, during the Seven Year War. 


Talk on Medical Decisions Saturday at Public Library

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Mara Hvistendahl, former Northfield resident, will give a free public talk "The Gray Zone: Medical Decisions in an Era of Abundant Data"  on Saturday, June 15, at 2 pm in the Bunday Room of the Northfield Public Library. She will speak on her experience with a complicated birth and on medical decision-making in general.
 
Hvistendahl is a science writer and author of “Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. She has written about everything from underwater archaeology to cyber espionage.

Celebration of Popcorn Wagon's 40th Anniversary on Bridge Square Thursday Evening

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.Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of when Vera Johansen brought the iconic 1918 popcorn wagon to Northfield with history speaker Susan Hvistendahl and Johansen's daughters Jeanine Landswerk and Carol Jacobson from 6-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, outside in Bridge Square or inside the Northfield Historical Society in case of inclement weather. A sing-along of the Supremes' song "Buttered Popcorn" will be led by Randy Ferguson, Ann Etter and Michelle Drenth and there will be free popcorn during the program.  Sponsored by FiftyNorth and the Northfield Historical Society. Bring folding chairs to stay for the Community Band Concert at 7 p.m.


JANE AUSTEN READING GROUP THIS JUNE AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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     Are you a Jane Austen fan?  Or maybe you have never read Austen's novels but have always wanted to.  If so, join a group this June at the Northfield Public Library, and read and discuss Mansfield Park on Thursday, June 6, 13 and 20th from 7:00 - 8:30 in the Northfield Public Library.  The library is partnering with St.


Author Amy Hallberg to talk at the library on June 4.

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Amy Hallberg will read from her true-life novel, German Awakening; Tales from an American Life on Thursday, June 4, 7:00 pm at the Northfield Public Library.   She will share how - during a visit to Germany - Friedrich Schiller (yes, that Schiller) helped her reclaim her dream of writing.  Amy will walk through a simple exercise to tap into Inner Creatives.  Finally, in Q & A, she will talk about real life writing adventures and her ongoing practice of accessing muses.


WHAT’S YOUR STORY? MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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    Do you have memories you want to share?  Do you want to begin writing a memoir?  Join a two part class with local writer and editor Orlo Otteson on May 9 and May 23, 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Northfield Public Library.  Learn the process of turning memories into memoir.  Orlo will talk about the different structures you can use, and how to begin the process.  The two week break will give participants an opportunity to write,  and ask question during the second session.  The workshop is free and open to the public.  However, please register ahead of the class so there will be enough chairs and materials for all participants.  You can register by calling the Northfield Public Library reference desk, 645-1802, or emailing Joan Ennis at joan.ennis@ci.northfield.mn.us.  For more information about Orlo, check out his website at


National Library Week April 7-13, 2019

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Come Visit the Northfield Public Library

 

Monday, April 8 - National Library Week Kickoff – Community input about the library

Tuesday, April 9 – Treats for public in the atrium and thanking volunteers – 

9 am-5 pm

Wednesday, April 10 - Tour Bookmobile parked out front #BookmobileDay2019  - 

9 am-5 pm  

Thursday, April 11 - All day Special Media Blast

Author Beverly Lewis – 2-3:30pm

Author Jim Holden – 6:30 -8pm

Friday, April 12 – Live music - 12-1:15pm

Melvin Henrichs – Mountain Dulcimer

Helen Forsythe - Banjo

 

 


AUTHOR PRESENTATION JANUARY 24 AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY - LORETTA ELLSWORTH

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     Loretta Ellsworth's historical novel, Stars Over Clear Lake, is a love story that draws on real-life ballroom and big band era during World War II, as well as the little known POW camps in the U.S.  The novel transports readers to the Surf Ballroom, where musical acts became legends in the 1940's and which holds the key to one woman's deepest secret.
     Loretta has also published four young adult novels, The Shourding Woman, In Search of Mockingbird, In a Heartbeat, and Unforgettable.  Her books have won awards such as the Northeastern MN Book Award, the Midwest Bookseller's Award in Children's Literature, ALA picks, Kirkus Picks, Teen's Top Ten nominess, IRA Notables and named to the New York Library's List for the Teen Aged.
     Come to the Northfield Public Library

HOW DID YOU FIND ME ... AFTER ALL THESE YEARS? -- AUTHOR EVENT AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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Local authors Karen and Dennis Vinar will talk about their book How Did You Find Me ... After All These Years, on Thursday, November 8, at 7:00 pm at the Northfield Public Library.

A love story for all people who have ever been in love, this true story follows the trials and tribulations of a 13 year old girl who was an A student and a 15 year old boy who was an average student in a small west central Minnesota town - population 595, in the late 1950's.  The boy was in athletics and the girl was in senior high band.  With not much to do i this small town, they would go to dances in the school cafeteria after home football games.  They knew how to do the jitterbug, but they waited for the slow dances so they could hold each other.  They fell in love, but their happness was short lived until 55 years later.  How did they find each other?  How did they find their daughter? [more...]


SELF PUBLISHING PANEL TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 AT 7:00 PM AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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Have you thought about self publishing your book? Come to a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 30, at 7:00 pm at the Northfield Public Library,
and listen to local authors talk about how they self published their books.

Local authors Mary Bleckwehl, Patrick Mader, Nancy Manther, and Dennis and Karen Vinar will discuss their experiences self publishing.  Topics will include how they chose the self publishing method they used, the cost involved, any problems they had and marketing.

The authors will sell books at the event.


NORTHFIELD READS; FILM AND DISCUSSION -- THE DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY; UNMASKING THE DOMINATION CODE Sunday October 28, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

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Please join us in learning about the papal decree of 1452 that authorized the conquering and enslavement of 'heathen' countries and peoples, its impact on the original nations, and the people of the Great Turtle Island (Americas), and its influence on court rulings in todays U.S. legal system.
 
Also, Indigenous Justice - John Stoesz will give a short history of 'legalized' land theft from the indigenous peoples and the reasons and ways for return of the land.
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 4:00 - 6:00 pm  WEITZ CINEMA, 320 3rd STREET EAST.  LIGHT DINNER AND DISCUSSION FOLLOW THE FILM.
 
 Northfied Reads is a collaboration of:
  --Northfield Human Rights Commission
  --Northfield Public Library
  --League of Women Voters Northfield-Cannon Falls
  --Carleton Humanities Center

AUTHOR ROMALYN TILGHMAN AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, AT 7:00 PM

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Scottish businessman Andrew Carnegie made a fortune in the steel industry and became a philanthropist later in life, donating money to build a total of 2,509 libaries, built between 1883 - 1929 in the United States.  Northfield Public Library, built in 1910, is a Carnegie Library.  Carnegie funded the buildings, but money was needed to purchase books for libraries. The public libraries in the midwest would never had thrived in the early 20th century if the women in small towns and remote communities had not fundraised, by sponsoring waffle suppers, mintrel shows and women's baseball games.  With the money earned, they provided money for books.   Tilghman writes about the beginning of the Carnegie Libraries and fundraising for books in her novel To the Stars Through Difficulties.  Come and listen to the author read from her novel and talk about the history of Carnegie Libraries on Monday, October 15, at 7:00 pm


Susan Hvistendahl to tell Anna Dickie Olesen's story

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Susan Hvistendahl, local author and historian, will give a talk on “The Sensational and Strange Story of Anna Dickie Olesen” at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, September 27 at 6 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Rice County chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, the International Society for Key Women Educators. .

NORTHFIELD READS -- A GOOD TIME FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT RACE IN NORTHFIELD

Northfield Reads is focusing on race for the academic year, and the community will be reading A Good Time for the Truth; Race in Minnesota, a collection of essays by writers of color in Minnnesota.  The first Northfield Reads event for this year will be on Thursday, September 27, 7:00 at the First UCC. 
A panel of Northfield residents from the global majority will discuss what it was like moving to Northfield with different skin color and perhaps a different accent.  How were they treated by other Northfielders?    What were the difficulties?  What went well?  What would have helped?  All members of the Northfield community are invited.  Reading the book is not a requirement for attending Northfield Reads events.  Content bookstore will sell books at the event.  Copies are are also available at the Northfield Public Library.


NORTHFIELD READS -- A GOOD TIME FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT RACE IN NORTHFIELD

Northfield Reads is focusing on race for the academic year, and the community will be reading A Good Time for the Truth; Race in Minnesota, a collection of essays by writers of color in Minnnesota.  The first Northfield Reads event for this year will be on Thursday, September 27, 7:00 at the First UCC. 
A panel of Northfield residents from the global majority will discuss what it was like moving to Northfield with different skin color and perhaps a different accent.  How were they treated by other Northfielders?    What were the difficulties?  What went well?  What would have helped?  All members of the Northfield community are invited.  Reading the book is not a requirement for attending Northfield Reads events.  Content bookstore will sell books at the event.  Copies are are also available at the Northfield Public Library.


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