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. 

Arts and Culture Commission Announces

the 2017 Sidewalk Poetry Kick-off

Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission, in partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Library, invites the public to the Atrium of the Northfield Public Library on Saturday, January 28th at 2 pm as they honor the winning poets of 2016 and Kick-off the 2017 Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brief favorite poem to share – perhaps one of their own.  Northfield's Poet Laureate, Rob Hardy, will be on hand to mark the start of this year's competition. Contest rules can be found on the Arts and Culture Commission page of the City website. Poems may be submitted to the contest from Wednesday, February 1st through Tuesday, February 28th, at 8 pm at the Library.  Winners will be announced in April - National Poetry Month.

On average, over one hundred poems are submitted to the contest every year.  Poems are selected in a blind judging process, in which judges have no identifying information regarding the poets.   Across the six years of the Sidewalk Poetry project, fifty-five poems have been selected and over two-hundred impressions of the poems appear in downtown Northfield and several area neighborhoods.  Forty new impressions appear in the newly constructed sidewalks along Woodley Avenue. 


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