Who Are We?
The Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library (FFNPL) is a non-profit, community-based organization since 1983 that supports the Northfield Public Library. In cooperation with the Northfield Public Library, FFNPL supports early literacy programs, recruits volunteers, provides support for equipment in the Library such as computers and eBook readers, and organizes special events including fundraising trivia bees, concerts, speakers and book readings.

January-February, 2022:  Gene Fox Memorial Improv Workshop and Performance

Do you like humor and to be funny?  Are you looking for something fun to do in January?  Here’s your chance to try Improvisational Theater for yourself, in a casual, fun atmosphere.

The Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library is excited to offer this unique experience, at no cost to participants, on Saturdays in January and February. 

Interested?  Read on.

We received a generous memorial gift from friends and family of Gene Fox, who during his lifetime was a great supporter of the Friends and the Library and a beloved English teacher at Northfield High School.  Those who knew Gene called him “a great wit” with a love of humor and comedy.  He was committed to education at all levels.

What better way to honor Gene Fox than with a series of workshops in comedy?

These workshops will focus on the fundamentals of improv:  listening, agreement and trust.  Using a variety of exercises, you’ll practice relating to your scene partners and adding specifics.  They will conclude with a short show that’s a mix of games and short scenes on February 5 (6:30 pm at the Arts Guild Theater).

There are three workshop opportunities.

1.       For adults, four 3-hour sessions, 9 am – 12 noon, Saturdays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29.

2.       For high schoolers, four 3-hour sessions, 1 pm – 4 pm, Saturdays, January 8, 15, 22, and 29.

3.       A shorter, one session “sampler” workshop for middle schoolers will be held the afternoon of February 5, from 2 pm – 5 pm. 

Meet our instructor, Deon Haider.

Deon Haider (rhymes with cider), a seasoned improv actor, will lead the workshops and provide direction for the performance.  Deon grew up in Northfield and participated in many Northfield Arts Guild shows as a performer, director, and designer.  Deon has been studying and performing improv for nearly 10 years. She trained at HUGE Theater in Minneapolis, and is an active member of the Twin Cities improv community. Currently, Deon performs with the groups Crossworlds, The Latest Night, and Tracktastic. Deon holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Theatre Arts, and has a special passion for education. She has taught and directed kids and adults of all ages in both scripted and unscripted theater. She also works as a community health educator with the University of Minnesota Extension.

To register, click here.  Space is limited – register early!


A) There is no cost to participants of these workshops; however, it is expected that all who register will be able to attend all scheduled sessions.  If you need to drop out, please contact us immediately so we can open your spot to those on the waiting list.

B) January workshop sessions will take place in the Dance Studio, second level of the Arts Guild building, 304 Division Street.  Current COVID-19 protocol requires the use of face masks for all who use the building.  This is subject to change as conditions change, but we will follow Arts Guild guidelines as posted on their website: https://northfieldartsguild.org/

C) The February 5 workshop and performance will be at the Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street.  Again, we will follow COVID-19 protocols as posted on the Guild’s website at the time of the event. Audience capacity for the February 5 performance has not been determined – more information will be provided closer to that date.

Have questions?  Email us.

Friends' Update -- Save the Dates!

Saturday, February 12, 2022 Latin Dance
The Armory, Division and 6th Streets - details available soon

Date TBD:  Spring Puzzle Playoff

The 2021 Annual Meeting with Cartoonist Kevin Cannon can be viewed at: 
(Kevin's talk begins at about minute 32:15)

Book bags for sale
at the library. 
Besides being perfect for carrying library books and other media, they are great for shopping, travel and, in a pinch, laundry. AND, they tell the world about our beautiful library! If you forget this bag when you go to the library, look for the Boomerang Bags, reusable, returnable cloth book bags. 


We welcome your donations and membership in FFNPL and your support of the work we do for the benefit of our library.

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