Whoa! Am I in the right place?!

If you were looking for the site of the Chatfield Public Library in Chatfield, Minnesota … then, yes, you are in the right place!  Even though it may not look to you like you are.

It had come to our attention that our website/blog had been compromised.  We needed to make some quick changes to combat these unscrupulous usurpers!

Please summon forth that unfailing patience you cannot deny you have within you as we deal with this threat and seek a new, safe, appealing WordPress theme, as time will permit.

My hope is that this temporary site will meet your needs in the meantime.

Thank you, in advance, for your understanding.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

  The library will be closed Thursday, 11/27 and Friday, 11/28 for  Thanksgiving.  Have a wonderful holiday!

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What’s your library story?

Hear ye, hear ye, Friends, Patrons, Trustees and our Public Library Community! Would you be interested in writing a story about the Chatfield Public Library? Our library is celebrating its 100th Birthday on February 15, 2015. The Friends of the Chatfield Public Library are compiling a booklet of Library Stories for the Birthday Event. They are asking the community to contribute short stories, or poems, or haikus of our wonderful library. Each of the Friends will contribute, as will past and present community members. Join the fun as we start celebrating the library’s centennial year.

Many stories may find themselves published in The Chatfield News, or on the Library’s website during the centennial year, as well as in the booklet. If you wish to submit a story, please send it to Mimi Seamens via email at mimi@mnbedrockgold.com. Or if you prefer the non-digital format, please write your story or poem or haiku and mail to the Chatfield Public Library, 314 So. Main Street, Chatfield MN 55923 to the attention of Mimi Seamens.

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2nd Sunday Cinema at the Library in November

Showing Nov. 9th at 3:00pm


 A film by Diane Kurys

France / 2013 / Drama / French with English Subtitles/110 min

November’s showing will be held at the Chatfield Public Library since Potter Auditorium will be unavailable that day.  Enjoy the movie on our big screen while relaxing on the comfy couches and chairs in our program room on the lower level.

FREE!     Ages 17+     Refreshments

“A full course of film, with international intrigue, revenge, romance … Masterfully shot!” - Santa Barbara Independent

Luminous! [A] beautifully crafted historical melodrama!” - Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter


Anne has a very active imagination, only natural for a writer. But in her mid-thirties, she still knows practically nothing of her own family’s past. After her mother’s death, Anne discovers old photos and letters that convince her to take a closer look at the life of her parents, Michael and Léna. The young couple met in the concentration camps during World War II, later moving to France to start their new life together. Soon, Anne’s research into their Jewish history and their ties to Lyon’s communist party reveals the existence of a mysterious uncle, Jean, whom everyone seems intent on forgetting entirely. As she gradually closes in on the discovery she didn’t know she was looking for, her father grows ever more ill, and may take the secret that kept them apart for so long to his grave. In a journey that stretches from post-war France to the 1980s, Anne’s destiny intertwines with her father’s past until they form a single, unforgettable story.



Brussels Film Festival

New York Jewish Film Festival

Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Brought to you by the Chatfield Public Library in cooperation with the Chatfield Center for the Arts, Wits’ End Theatre, and the Chatfield Lions. 







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Pumpkin Carving Workshop

Pumpkin Carving Workshop

Thursday, October 23 at 6:00pm

Bring your own pumpkin and carving tools and we’ll provide a variety of patterns that you can use.

This is a free, very informal workshop for carvers of all ages and levels of experience, but young children must be accompanied by an adult.

Many have found that it works much better to scrape out their pumpkins before coming to the workshop so that they can get right to work carving.

Intricate carving takes a lot of time!

Spooky treats will be served.  Please join us!


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Please fill out our Storytime Survey

Attendance at our fall/winter/spring storytimes has declined dramatically.  Frequently, no one attends.  We appreciate your input, through a survey, to help us figure out why and whether anything can be done to increase storytime attendance.  Or, perhaps, it may indicate that there simply is no longer any interest in a regular storytime being offered through the library.  Lack of responses will lead us to believe this may be true, so please respond if you are at all interested in attending a regular Chatfield Public Library storytime.  All responses are received anonymously.  All questions are in regard to storytime offered during the school year, not during the summer.

Please click HERE or on the picture above to be taken to the online survey.  Or fill out a paper version of the survey at the library.  You’ll find them on top of the shelf on the northern wall of the children’s picture book section.

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2nd Sunday Cinema

Showing Sunday, Oct. 12th at 3:00pm …

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Directed by Arvin Chen

Taiwan /Comedy / Mandarin with English subtitles/106 min.

On the big screen at historic Potter Auditorium

FREE!         Ages 17+      Refreshments Available for purchase

Poignant and heartening. Playfully channeling Woody Allen, Jacques Tati and Jacques Demy” - Maggie Lee, Variety

 “Wry and whimsical”- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter


In this madcap and lighthearted comedic romp, introverted optometrist Weichung begins to question his marriage with his wife Feng upon learning of her desire to have another baby. At his sister’s engagement party, Weichung bumps into an old friend, Stephen, a wedding photographer who, though also married, is living the high life of a younger, single gay man. When Stephen teases Weichung for his newly straight-laced lifestyle, dormant emotions are awakened in Weichung, setting him off on a quest for true romance and desire.


Honorable Mention, International Narrative Feature – Tel Aviv LGBT Intl. Film Festival

Audience Award, Best Foreign Film – Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival


Berlin International Film Festival                 Tribeca Film Festival

Hong Kong International Film Festival                 Boston LGBT Film Festival

Provincetown Film Festival                         Frameline Film Festival

Chicago International Film Festival                 Philadelphia Film Festival

Rehoboth Beach Film Festival                     Denver Film Festival

St. Louis International Film Festival                 Teaneck International Film Festival

Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival

San Diego Asian Film Festival

Film movement explains how their films are chosen:

“Each selection is curated by leading voices in film, including Christian Gaines of American Film Institute (AFI), Nicole Guillemet, original programmer of the Sundance Film Festival, and Nate Kohn of Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival.”

Film Movement explains why they chose this movie …

We could say that we acquired this film because of its delightfully charming karaoke scene, and we wouldn’t be lying. But there’s so much more to Arvin Chen’s work than flourish and whimsy, and there’s plenty of that. The story—or stories, because there are several, like variations on a theme—is in essence about being true to oneself, and those close to you, in order to find happiness. The main character happens to be gay, and the film does touch on the difficulties of homosexuals coming out publicly under the pressures of Taiwanese society and family traditions. However, this is not merely a film about gay issues, but rather about honesty when it comes to relationships, both gay and straight.

It’s obvious that Chen understands and respects all of his characters, making it easy for any audience member to identify with them. And he achieves a satisfying happy ending for all without it seeming fake or being sappy. We’re confident you will be completely taken by Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, and even dare to guarantee that next time you do karaoke with your co-workers, you will get an uncontrollable urge to sing the title song to them as if your life depended on it. Just like the film, it will take a long time to get it out of your head.

Enjoy award-winning, first run, independent or foreign films at Potter Auditorium in Chatfield every second Sunday of each month at 3:00pm.

Brought to you by the Chatfield Public Library in cooperation with the Chatfield Center for the Arts, Wits’ End Theatre, and the Chatfield Lions. 






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Friends Book Sale, Saturday, Sept. 6th!

Last Book Sale of the season!
Saturday, Sept. 6th
8:00am – 2:00pm
In the old Pavlish building (shed behind library and next to Root River State Bank, entrance on Fillmore Street).
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Closed Saturday, Aug. 30th

The Library will be closed Saturday, August 30th.

Stock up some books by your favorite authors and set aside some time to relax and read during your Labor Day weekend!

labor day graphic


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2nd Sunday Cinema resumes 9/14/14


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