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.

Friends and Foundation Annual Meeting Scheduled for September 22

The Library's atrium will be the setting for the annual meeting of the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library on Sunday, September 22, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. 

Please join us for the business meeting when we will acknowledge the contributions of one "Stand Out Friend" and summarize what the Friends have been doing recently and what is planned for the upcoming year. Meet other friends and enjoy an engaging talk about books from Jessica Peterson White, owner of Content Books in Northfield. Refreshments will be served.

Crazy Daze Book Sale Supports Library Programming

Poised on the corner of Division and Third Street with the NPL Bookbike chock full of great used books for sale, the Friends were proud to participate in this year's Crazy Daze Celebration on July 25. We had a wonderful time talking with Northfielders as they made their way down Division, scouting the great bargains. The Friends' own contribution to the craziness was a great book bag deal: buy a Friends' bookbag for 10 dollars and you were allowed to fill it with books and Friends' t-shirts! Thanks to all those who stopped by and bought a bag and/or used books. We garnered $187.69 in sales and donations--all of which will go to support the Library's programming!

The First Annual PUZZLE PLAYOFF!

The Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library are launching a new competition: the Puzzle Playoff! This is a competitive puzzling event for kids and adults.

Form teams of 4 with your friends and family to duel with other puzzle masters!
  •     Adults teams (ages 13 and up) will complete a 500 piece puzzle. 
  •     Teams of kids (ages 12 and under) will complete a 300 piece puzzle. 
Winning adult and kid teams will receive a set of prizes donated by Northfield businesses!

When:     March 23, 2019
                Doors open at 10 a.m., puzzling from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where:    Carleton College Weitz Center Commons, main lobby
Cost:       $25 for adult teams / $15 for kids teams
(All fees and donations go to the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library.)

Register your team today!

Questions: Contact Nat Wilson, nwilson@carleton.edu

Buzzed about the Trivia Bee? Join the Friends on Friday, November 9, 7-9 pm, at the Grand Event Center!

Quizmistress Jessica Peterson White returns, and teams of up to four persons will compete for prizes and trivia glory. The Bee consists of multiple rounds with questions from our vast universe of knowledge, giving experts in all areas an opportunity to shine. With no elimination, surprising come-backs and neck-and-neck finishes are always in the offing.

Who should sign up to compete? All ages are welcome – school groups, groups of friends, families, any group of up to four may compete. Last year’s winning team, “The Whom,” is trying to defend its title. To dethrone The Whom, you have to play! The early bird entry fee is just $100 per team ($120 at the door), and all proceeds go toward enhancing the Northfield Public Library’s many community programs and literacy initiatives.

For those who choose not to compete, the event is great family entertainment for just a $5 suggested donation at the door. Also, there will be a Heads/Tails competition (True/False) for all attendees at no charge. Extra help in the form of “lifelines”—strings of beads that allow a player to be incorrect without being eliminated from the competition—will be on sale for $5/each as part of the fundraiser.

To register your team, go to http://ffnpl.wildapricot.org/page-1726556.

Event details:

Friday, November 9, 2018, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Grand Event Center, 316 Washington Street, Northfield

Entry fee for a team of 4: $100 advance, $120 at the door

General admission: Suggested donation of $5 per person

All proceeds benefit the Northfield Public Library.

Friends Meet Goal! Raise $28,900 for Permanent Endowment!

Many, many thanks to all those who contributed to the Friends for the establishment of the endowment! 

The permanent endowment allows the Friends to achieve these three critical goals:

  • Enable the Library's many friends to establish a permanent legacy that will benefit the Library in perpetuity;
  • Increase the Friends' capacity to support Library initiatives from year to year, through an additional, regular source of income;
  • Allow the Friends to manage these resources responsibly and in ways that help the endowment grow over time.

The Friends will continue to raise money for both ongoing library programs and to grow the endowment. 

Questions? Contact Bill North.

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.