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The Library Moves Forward

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Our public library continues to make progress inside and out. Painting is nearing completion. The air handling system is in. The restrooms are beautiful - and ADA compliant! The terrazzo floors are curing. The carpeting is being installed. The staff will soon begin moving materials from long-term storage in Dundas back to 210 Washington. If the weather cooperates, we'll even see some landscaping and the new sidewalks before the grand reopening. Be sure to mark your calendars - Saturday, May 7, 10 AM for the formal ribbon cutting ceremony, 10:30 AM - 5 PM for tours, entertainment and a community-wide celebration! For more information, see www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org. 


Carpeting Comes Next!

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With a leap of imagination on your part and a lot of hard work on the part of Brennan Construction workers, this area in our renovated library will be carpeted during the week of March 28!

The primary motives behind this renovation were to enlarge the children’s area, improve the community meeting room, and increase the efficiency of the staff work areas.  Those goals have been accomplished.  Many other required and important goals have also been realized – improved accessible entrance, accessible restrooms, high-tech meeting room and new conference rooms, “tech tables,” updated technology, heating and cooling, lighting and plumbing, a fire suppression sprinkler system, and a much larger WiFi patio and Carnegie Porch overlooking Division Street.

You can see and use it all when the library reopens at 210 Washington on Saturday, May 7 at 10 AM. Read and see more at http://npl210.blogspot.com.


What You Won't See in the Renovated Library!

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On Saturday, May 7 when our public library reopens at 10 AM, you will see a lot of improvements - a much larger children's area with play areas, computers and books galore, the sunny new entrance and balcony, two new conference rooms, a more hospitable meeting room, new and fully accessible restrooms, a slick check out desk, and much more. 

What you won't see are the many things that make the library work so well - high speed internet, improved ventilation, a larger staff work room, a fire-prevention sprinkler system, improved plumbing, and much more.

Save the date - Saturday, May 7, 10 AM ribbon cutting ceremony, 11 AM - 5 PM music, dance, self-guided tours, new library bags and cards and great joy! 


Our library's inside looks out!

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Our public library's renovation is opening up the interior and looking out toward our neighbors. The glass entrance and Commons includes a balcony that Library Director Teresa Jensen promises will become a favorite gathering space.  The children's area is expanding significantly and will feature interesting activity stations in addition to computers areas, storytelling spaces and of course, lots of books.  More photos and info can be found at: 

http://guides.mynpl.org/libraryimprovement.

Saturday, May 7, 10 AM - 5 PM: The library will reopen to the community. Save the date!


Northfield Reads $2 Dinner Thursday, March 10, at 6:00 pm at UCC

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   What can you purchase with only $2.00?  Come to the Northfield Reads $2. dinner and gain some understanding.  The event will be hosted by the UCC in preparation for this year's Northfield Reads discussion on the book $2.00 a Day; Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin and H.


Poetry Night @ Content Bookstore: Arcadia and TORCH students

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You are invited to Poetry Night at Content Bookstore on Thursday, March 3, featuring the winners of the Arcadia Charter School Poetry Out Loud Competition and the TORCH Poetry Slam. The event starts at 7pm at Content Bookstore (314 Division St. S). This will be the sixth in a series of monthly poetry readings at Content. 

Arcadia students Bella Callery and Anna Kochever will recite the poems they're getting ready to recite at the Poetry Out Loud state semi-finals in Minneapolis on March 8 and 9. TORCH students Alondra Perez and Chris Lazaro will perform their winning poems from the TORCH Poetry Slam. 
 
After the performances by the featured students, members of the audience are invited to share a poem of their own at the open mic. Other student poets are especially encouraged to share a poem. 


Progress at the library!

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The steel framing has been covered with glass in the atrium and entrance.  Now that's progress! The construction crew continues to work both inside and outside.  Lots of drywall is being installed, which means that taping and painting can't be far behind.  

To see more photos of the project:  http://guides.mynpl.org/libraryimprovement

Save Saturday, May 7 - the day the library reopens in all its renovated splendor!


Friends of the Library new board members

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The Friends of the Library board welcome two new board members - Tamara Detert and Maelynn Rosas. They and the other board members work together to support our public library in its temporary location at City Hall and in the spring 2016 at its newly renovated building at 210 Washington Street.

Members are, front to back, left to right: Bruce Duffy, Margit Johnson, Bill North, Lois Stratmoen, Lynne Young, Mary Steen, Leesa Wisdorf, Debbie Navarro, Tamara Detert, Jennifer Cox Johnson, Michele Reese, Maelynn Rosas, Zach Pruitt (Becky Zrimsek, not pictured).


New WINGS Board Elected at Annual Meeting

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WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) educates and expands the number of women in philanthropy, builds and strengthens community through pooled investments, and improves the lives of women and youth in the Northfield area through focused giving.

2016 WINGS Board (from left to right): Laura Riehle-Merrill, Leah Eby, Nancy Moe, Meleah Follen, Kathy Olson, Alice Carson, Diane Lyman, Nancy Carlson, Maelynn Rosas, Vicki Stevens, Jacqui Dorsey (Not pictured: Patsy Ophaug, Bonnie Jean Flom)


First steel, then glass!

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The renovation of our public library continues in spite of cold and snow.  The steel framing for the new entrance and atrium has been anchored into the existing building.  Once the framing is complete, watch for the glazing that will let in the sunshine, keep out the cold and enable you to see through to the original building. Steel-and-glass is the architects' way of leaning lightly on our historic Carnegie library while gaining much-needed space.

For more photos of the extensive interior renovations, see guides.mynpl.org. To make a donation to the renovation, including patio furniture, special features in the children's area and conference room amenities (not included in the renovation budget), go to www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org. 


WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area nonprofit organizations to apply for a 2016 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and youth in the Northfield area. WINGS gives grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District.

WINGS funds grants in the following areas of focus: housing stability, food stability, economic stability, safe environments for victims of domestic violence, early learning, out-of-school programs, adult education, health care, healthy behaviors and entrepreneurship. WINGS grants must be used in the year they are awarded. Every grant candidate is considered anew in each grant cycle.


Movie Parking/Street Schedule

Filming has begun for the movie being shot in downtown Northfield. During the filming, there will be numerous parking restrictions downtown. Here's the latest schedule:

January 10 – 24, 2016 All parking restrictions will be signed 48 hours in advance. Watch for new signs throughout the two weeks. Check the Northfield Website for updated schedules. Call 507-645-4475 to speak to an officer and/or with questions.

Monday 1/11/2016 Film Location: 300 Block Division St. S. No Parking, Sunday (10th) 5:00 p.m. – Monday (11th) 6:00p.m., East side 300 block Division St. & South side 100 block 3rd St. E.

Tuesday 1/12/2016 Film Location: Archer House area No Parking Tuesday, (12th) 5:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., West and East sides of the 200 block Division St. Wednesday 1/13/2016 to Friday 1/15/2016 Film Location: 500 Block 3 rd Street E. No Parking,


WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

To: Northfield Media

From: WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support)

Re: WINGS is Accepting Grant Applications for 2016

WINGS (Women in Northfield Giving Support) invites Northfield area nonprofit organizations to apply for a 2016 WINGS grant. These grants are given in support of projects benefitting women and youth in the Northfield area. WINGS gives grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District.


Two for Two!

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Between the renovation of our public library and the relocation of the historic train depot this week, Northfield is two for two in the pulling-ourselves-up-by-our-bootstraps category!

Remember to round up purchases at Just Food Coop during the month of January 2016 to support the Friends of the Northfield Public Library or go directly to www.northfieldpubliclibraryfriends.org to make a 2016 donation to the renovation.

Likewise, donations are being accepted by the Save the Depot group at www.northfielddepot.org to support the depot's full restoration.


Depot to Move Wednesday 9:00 a.m.

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From Alice Thomas, Chair of the Save the Northfield Depot Communications Committe, comes this hews, "This is an exciting day - the depot was pulled out of the hole this morning, i.e., out of the crawl space, and is sitting near its original site ready for the move across the street. Thank goodness, it was uneventful!

The movers are planning to move the depot across the street on Wednesday morning.  Many thanks go to all the supporters like you who have made this possible!  Please help spread the word.'    

THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO WATCH THIS HISTORIC MOVE!


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