The Friends of the Northfield Public Library held their annual meeting on Tuesday night. Where? At the Northfield Public Library.
There were evidently some tense negotiations on Monday about the fee that the organization would have to pay for use of the library’s meeting room. With the library’s recent budget cutbacks, Director Lynne Young is on the lookout for additional sources of revenue and has reportedly become a tough negotiator over non-profit use of that space.
Friends president Bill North and treasurer Kathy Sommers ripped on Young during their presentations but she placed responsibility for the Library’s financial predicament on the City Council, as well as on library patrons like Will Healy who have hundreds of dollars of unpaid library fines for overdue books.
The rhetoric was getting pretty heated but thankfully, Northfield psychiatrist and author Dr. Henry Emmons was on hand to, um, calm things down. Henry was the featured presenter, speaking about his new book, The Chemistry of Calm: A Powerful, Drug-Free Plan to Quiet Your Fears and Overcome Your Anxiety.
All went well until after Henry’s speech when Lynne Young noticed Monkey See Monkey Read bookstore proprietor Jerry Bilek selling copies of Henry’s book. She argued that the Library should get a commission on all books sold on the premises. Jerry told her to stick it in her bookdrop. Henry refused to moderate the dispute unless someone agree to pay him his usual counseling fee. The crowd was getting riled up, and when someone mentioned Zamboni tires, I decided it was time for me to leave.
The DJJD Committee ambushed Will Healy as he ate lunch at the Quarterback Club today, informing him that he’s this year’s recipient of the Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award.
The award “… is given to a Northfield citizen who exemplifies the commitment to public service which Joseph Lee Heywood lived and died for.” (See the screenshot of 2008 recipient Scott Richardson’s nomination letter on the right.)
See the album of 10 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:
Continue reading Photo album: Will Healy, 2010 Joseph Lee Heywood award recipient
Northfielder Will Healy has a new music show called ‘The Long Way Home’ that airs on KYMN 1080 AM on Sunday nights, 7-9pm. Last week’s Feb. 1 show (blogged by Tim Freeland) featured the music of “women who move us” with Healy’s co-hosts David Henly and Rob Ryden. For tonight’s show, they’re promising a St. Valentine’s Day extravaganza.