Big Week for the Carnegie

As I’ve mentioned at least a couple of times recently, the Northfield Carnegie (Public) Library is 100 years old this month.  This week, in downtown Northfield, there are a number of events recognizing this important milestone.

The first event is the Opening of an Exhibit, Thursday, April 22nd, 7 p.m., at the Northfield Historical Society.  Learn about the library’s pioneer day beginnings, the community groups that kept it going, and its special place within the Northfield community.

Next up, it’s author T. J. Stiles, Friday, April 23rd, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., for a “Meet and Greet” at the Northfield Carnegie Library.  Although T. J. (a Carleton College alum) recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his “The First Tycoon”, a biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt, he’s more famous around these parts for his “Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War”.

Finally, it’s the really big show, the Northfield Carnegie Library’s 100th Birthday Party, Sunday, April 25th, 2 to 4 p.m., 3rd and Division Streets.  1910 costumes, book characters, a short parade, music, and, of course, birthday cake give a special flavor to this celebration of one of Northfield’s iconic historic structures and great “third places”.

So come on down(town), to any or all of these events and wish the Northfield Carnegie Library a Happy Hundredth!