26 June 2008

Tonya is the 3rd Reader of the Week!

Harriet Bishop visits to tell us about 1874 Minnesota

Harriet arrived in St. Paul via canoe in July of 1874. She came to the early frontier town to teach school. The mosquitos attacked, her school had an animal skin for a door, a chicken running loose and 7 students. Only 2 of her students spoke English, but luckily one could translate for her into French and Dakota. She stayed in St. Paul and taught and wrote books and poems for many years. Click here for more information about her life and work.
Thanks to the Northfield Area Foundation for making her visit possible.
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Books & Stars was super at Way Park! June 26 With funny guy Dave Walbridge

A perfect night for Books & Stars! Library Pages Nicholas, Anastasia, Annika & Lily introduced Dave Walbridges Big Fun Show!
We had a great turn out and lots of laughs.

24 June 2008

Learn a little Minnesota History every Thursday at 11:30!

MN 150 at the library!

Special 150 Minnesota History talks!
Characters from the Minnesota History Center, The Mill City Museum and the Northfield Historical Society will present weekly programs.
Thursdays 11:30 to 12:30 pm in the library’s meeting room. Each program is unique! These professional re-enactors will take you back to various times in Minnesota history. The programs are free and open to all but are structured for children K-5th grade.
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21 June 2008

19 June 2008

Minnesota 150 Talk featured Northfielder Francis AnDyke

Jeff Sauve aka Francis "Frank" AnDyke presented a great program on living in Cannon City in the 1860's and what it was like to dig ginseng, deliver mail & thrash wheat. He later lived in Dundas then opened his own blacksmithing shop in Northfield. He later retired and started candy making!

Thanks Jeff and thanks to the Northfield Historical Society for co-sponsoring the event.

Books & Stars with Stompin' Dixie

We had a super evening of stompin' fun with Stompin' Dixie!
It was great to have the Cocoa Bean back. $.50 from each shaved ice sold will be donated to Booker.
Thanks Eileen & Marvin!

13 June 2008

12 June 2008

Fur Trade Clerk George Nelson visits the library

George Nelson(1786 - 1859)Fur Trade Clerk
Told us about:
His life as a fur trade clerk for the XY, North West and Hudson Bay companies.
The roles of traders, clerks, voyageurs and Indian suppliers in the Great Lakes fur trade.
The cultural and economic exchange between the Dakota, Ojibwe and Europeans.
He had sample trade goods from around the world and we guessed the value in pelts. For more pictures click here.

It was very interesting and entertaining.

Thanks to the Northfield Area Foundation for the grant to make his visit and the other Minnesota 150 History talks happen. Next week's program will feature Francis AnDyke an early settler and blacksmith in Northfield! Thursday, June 19 at 11:30.

11 June 2008

June 11th BOOKS & STARS

Books & Stars was inside at the high school, and it was as fun as ever! Click here to see some photos! The sing-along with the Good Time Trio of Mike Hildebrandt, Graig Wasner and Jessy Shouler was great!

10 June 2008

A Newbery Medal Award Challenge Finisher!

Super Reader Lisa Wheeler has completed all 86 Newbery Award books! The award was created in 1922 and is given annually for outstanding children's fiction. Lisa completed the Newbery Challenge in 2 years!

Congratulations Lisa!

Click here to see all the books!