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2018 Hot Reads for Cold Nights at the Northfield Public Library

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Are you getting cabin fever after this latest cold spell?  Are you retreating to your warm house and looking for good books to read?  Join us for Hot Reads for Cold Nights at the Northfield Public Library this winter.  During these cold, snowy months, curl up and read some books and win prizes at the library!  Join our winter adult reading program, starting Monday, January 8, and read for prizes until Sunday, 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 name and phone number section will be cut off and put in a fishbowl.  The comment section of each slip wll be included in a notebook.  Patrons will be able to browse other comments for ideas for new books.  Each week, three names will be drawn from the fishbowl.  Each winner will receive a $5.00 gift certificate to a downtown business.  Patrons who use 50 North (formerly, the Northfield


Local Nutritionist Noel Aldrich to Speak at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, January 11

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Local nutritionist Noel Aldrich will return to the Northfield Public Library for another free nutrition lecture on Thursday, January 11, at 6:00 pm 

Come and learn about the following:

First Priority: Your Gut        

The health of your gut determines the health of the rest of your body.  You will learn how your intestine health relates to allergies, auto-immune disorders, and stress.

You will learn the nutrition recommendations that will make 2018 a productive year for you.

This event is sponsored by both the Northfield Public Library and Just Food Coop.


Local Nutritionist Noel Aldrich to Speak at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, January 11

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Local nutritionist Noel Aldrich will return to the Northfield Public Library for another free nutrition lecture on Thursday, January 11, at 6:00 pm 

Come and learn about the following:

First Priority: Your Gut        

The health of your gut determines the health of the rest of your body.  You will learn how your intestine health relates to allergies, auto-immune disorders, and stress.

You will learn the nutrition recommendations that will make 2018 a productive year for you.

This event is sponsored by both the Northfield Public Library and Just Food Coop.


Northfield Rotary Free Range Turkey Trot (even if you are out of town)

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Participate long distance in Rotary’s 17th annual Turkey Trot

You’re not going to be in town for the 17th Annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot? No worries. Join us long distance through our Free Range Turkey Trot option.  

Gather friends and family wherever you are on Thanksgiving Day and run or walk your own 5K to support the important causes supported by this event and show your solidarity with the 1,000-plus runners and walkers making their way through the friendly neighborhoods of Northfield.

Funds raised at the Turkey Trot will support Rotary’s ongoing work with its youth exchange program and polio eradication. Northfield is known as a “rock star” in Rotary youth exchange circles. Northfield regularly sends 10 to 15 students abroad each year and this year is hosting six foreign students.


Join us (all family members (and the dog too)): Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Thanksgiving morning.

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The 17th annual Northfield Rotary Turkey Trot is an opportunity to have fun while doing good.

The 5K Run-Walk Thanksgiving morning in Northfield raises funds for Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign and for Northfield’s successful youth exchange program. And don’t forget the Northfield Food Shelf. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring a food item to replenish the store.

The Turkey Trot will begin at the Carleton College Weitz Center at 9 a.m. Same-day registration opens at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 per participant if you register by Thursday, Nov. 9, or $20 if you register after that. Runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their dogs to the event. Canines will be recognized with a bandana complements of Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels, one of the Turkey Trot’s major sponsors.


New Depot Progress Visible

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“Is that a chimney going up on the depot?” is a frequent question to Save the Northfield Depot (STND) board members.  They enthusiastically confirm that, indeed, it is.

When faced with the need to identify the exterior location of the white vent pipe for the bathroom, the idea of reconstructing the chimney to hide the pipe was quickly adopted.

The 1888 depot blue prints show a stove in the center of the depot.  It served the two waiting rooms (one for the women and one for the men) separated by a wall down the middle of the depot.  The two flues account for the width of the chimney.

“We are fortunate to have the original 1888 drawings that Alex Rappe of Rappe Custom Creations can use for the reconstruction”, noted Alice Thomas, STND Board Member.  The unique pattern of bricks that form ridges can be seen in the original 1888 plans (see image) and is evident in archival photos.


Band Concerts on Bridge Square Begin Thursday, June 8

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On Thursday evening, 7 p.m., the Northfield Community Band plays the first of four Thursday evening concerts in June on Bridge Square.  Bring the family and enjoy a summer evening downtown, listening to your neighbors play familiar and new tunes while enjoying the picturesque setting.

The musicians range from high school and college students, professional musicians, and non-professionals – all people who play just for the joy of being part of a musical organization. Newcomers are welcome - the group rehearses on Wednesday evenings 7 p.m. in the high school band room, May 31, 7, 14, 21 and 28. For more information, contact Mary Williams, MWilliams@northfieldschools.org.


JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB COMING TO THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

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     Are you a Jane Austen fan?  Have you ever read Northanger Abbey?  Join a three week book group this July, facilitated by St. Olaf students and faculty.  The group will meet                            

Mondays, July 10, 17, and 24, 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the Bunday meeting room in the Northfield Public Library.  Members will receive a free copy of Northanger Abbey and discuss the book

with the students.  Group size will be limited, so if you are interested, please sign up at the Reference Desk, call 645-1802, or email Joan Ennis at joan.ennis@ci.northfield.mn.us


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).


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