In order for library services to expand beyond the small footprint of the building, library staff has renewed their commitment to providing the Northfield community with library collections, programming and expert reference assistance through Outreach Services via the library bookmobile, in support of its mission statement:
The Northfield Library strengthens community, supports literacy, provides access to information, and fosters lifelong learning and enrichment.
Providing library service beyond the Library walls has been an objective of NPL since the 1950’s when Outreach began bringing library services to populations unable to visit the library on a regular basis. Populations targeted in our latest initiative include:
Northfield senior citizens residing in local senior care facilities
Pre-school and younger children in day-care facilities
Elementary and middle-school-age children in Northfield area schools
In addition, the library bookmobile promotes on-site library services by representing the City and Library at community events in Northfield.
Designed by library patron and bike aficionado Eric Johnson and built by River City Builders,The Northfield Public Library BookBike has been a welcome addition to the community. The library partners with Northfield Promise on Tuesdays and Thursdays as they bring free books into Northfield neighborhoods. The BookBike also appears at civic events, including every Saturday morning at the Riverwalk Market Fair at Bridge Square.
“The BookBike is a nice intersect of three interest groups — the library community, the biking community, and the early literacy community.”
- Northfield Library Director Teresa Jensen