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Tax Forms at the Library

MN FORMS & INSTRUCTIONS:  Basic MN State Forms and Instructions are available at the library.  Other forms and publications can be found at:

You can call their automated system at 651-296-4444 or 1-800-657-3676 to order forms and instructions.

FEDERAL FORMS & INSTRUCTIONS:  The IRS will NOT be sending us instructions to distribute this year and only the forms listed below.  The library had NOTHING to do with this decision.

The following Federal Forms are now available at the library:

  • Form 1040 EZ, Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers with No Dependents
  • Form 1040 A, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return
  • Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax (for Individuals) one reference copy
  • Publication 4604 (EN/SP), Use the Web for IRS Tax Products and Information
  • Form 1040

The IRS did not provide copies of Federal Instructions this year.  We printed off a full set of instructions for the 1040, the 1040A, and the 1040EZ.  You may check any of these out for a period of 1 week.

You can obtain copies of Instructions through:

You can print out or copy any forms, instructions, or publications at the library for $.15 a page.

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Book Release Party this Friday, 6pm at the Library


Chatfield Public Library (Upstairs), March 20, 6pm

Author James Rains will be hosting a book release party to share information about his new book, Afognak, as well as his writing process. There will be a presentation, a question and answer time, and a book signing. There is no cost to attend, and light refreshments will be served. Books can be purchased at the event. All welcome – don’t miss it!

About Afognak:
Run. Fight. Die.
The island of Kodiak Alaska has been harboring a dark secret for centuries, and that secret has been unearthed.
Dr. Joseph Karikoff and a group of survivors race against time to flee the horrors that have been unleashed on the island in this apocalyptic biomedical thriller.

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2nd Sunday Cinema – April 12th

If You Don't, I will


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Join our community-wide read!

“Chatfield Reads” begins! In honor of the library’s 100th anniversary, we invite you to participate in our first ever city-wide read.  A city-wide read is a community reading program that invites everyone in a city to read and discuss the same book. The book we have chosen is THE CARTOGRAPHER OF NO MAN’S LAND by P.S. Duffy.  Come check out a copy of the book and start reading!

We also have copies of the book for sale for $14 each.  P.S. Duffy graciously joined us for the Library’s 100th Anniversary Celebration Open House and is scheduled to visit the library again for a presentation on May 21st when she’ll talk about her book, writing in general, WWI, and answer questions from the audience.  We also hope to schedule a Book Discussion with her for those who want to take part in a deeper discussion of the book and time period.

Our goal is to build a sense of community around a common book. This book is set in the same time period that our library was built and first opened. Exploring it, as a community, will give us insight into the world of the early 1900s, when the good folks of our area committed the time, effort, and funds to bring our beloved library into existence.


Brief Description: Set in a coastal village in Nova Scotia and the battlefields of France during the First World War, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land follows the journey of Angus MacGrath. An expert sailor, a failed artist, and a reluctant soldier, he defies his pacifist upbringing and ends up on the Western Front in a search for his missing brother-in-law that becomes a search for himself. At home his twelve year old son, Simon Peter, comes of age, and must negotiate shifting loyalties in a town fired up by the war. It is a story about fathers and sons, comrades in arms, family, and the saving grace of connecting to one another.


P.S. (Penny) Duffy came to Minnesota nearly 30 years ago from Washington, D.C. to get her doctorate at the U of M. and decided never to leave this beautiful state. She is the author of numerous professional publications in the neurosciences, but only took her creative writing seriously late in life. Retired from a 25 year clinical and research career which focused on helping those with neurologically-based speech and language disorders, she now balances creative writing with her work as a writer and editor in the neurosciences for Mayo Clinic.

Since 2001 she has had poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays published. She is also the author of three books: A Stockbridge Homecoming (Bright Sky Press, 2001), a memoir of her family’s time in 1940s China where she was born during the Communist Revolution; a graduate textbook on cognitive impairments associated with right brain damage; and her first novel, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land (W. W. Norton, 2013).

She lives in Rochester with her husband Joe not far from their two children and four grandchildren.


  • Chosen as a city-wide reads by Austin, Wayzata, and Chatfield, Minnesota
  • Invited presentations at bookstores, libraries, historical societies, writing groups, and the University of Wisconsin, and over 30 book clubs, including skype sessions with clubs in Colorado, Seattle, WA, and Washington, D.C.
  •  The only fiction writer invited to speak (along with the consulate generals of Canada, Germany, and France) at PARTNERS IN PEACE, a WW I 100th anniversary celebration of Armistice Day in Minneapolis, November 11, 2014.


  • A Barnes and Noble 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection
  • An “Indies Next” pick (independent bookstores nationwide)
  • “Library Reads” selection (voted on by librarians nationwide)
  • A New York Post “Must read” book of the week 10/26/13
  • Oprah – selected by her editors as “one of six books that make time stand still” and as one of the Books Of the Week, 2014.


  • Published independently in Canada (Penguin Random House); the U.K. (Myrmidon), in Taiwan,  and soon to be translated into Hebrew and published in Israel.
  • One of six finalists for the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, an international prize, named for the Dayton Peace Accords, that recognizes the power of fiction to foster peace.
  • Selected as one of “Five Must Read Novels about the Great War” by Chatelaine Magazine (Canada’s largest selling national women’s magazine)


“Turning the final page, I wanted to go back to the beginning if only to contemplate a writer who has such a broad and compassionate understanding of the human condition.”   (The Washington Post)

“Essential reading for historical fiction lovers and war story fans alike; very highly recommended.  (Library Journal, starred review)

“A deep and vivid exploration of the human heart and the high seas, reminiscent of Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front or Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News.” (The Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Settings come to life– each character, however minor, is a distinct personality–an unusually rich novel.”  (Booklist, starred review)

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Showered with hearts! This is the last week to see it in person!


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These hearts beautify both the inside and the outside of the library entrance …

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Heart bomb from inside reading room1 heart bomb from inside 3       heart bomb from inside 2and the Reading Room windows, as well as the original entrance!  Plus there are more lining the windows on the back of the building and hanging in various places inside!

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And if that were not enough, thanks to Valleyland kids, there are also Fruit Loop hearts hanging in the bushes out front!

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Even the reflections of our hearts are beautiful!

Wow!  We asked to be “Heart-Bombed” and did you ever respond!  Folks of ALL ages contributed beautiful hearts and have been charmed by the result.  So charmed, that they convinced library staff to keep the hearts up throughout the month of February instead of just the week of Valentines Day.  After all … it is “I Love to Read” month!

Photos cannot do justice to the beauty of this display of library love!  If you have not stopped by the library to see them first hand yet, you have until the end of February to do so! Some of our creative artists have expressed an interest in keeping the hearts they contributed, so we will remove them as carefully as we can and keep them at the library for 2 weeks.  You are most welcome to come sift through and find your hearts then and take them home.

We thank you so much for showing such a tremendous amount of enthusiasm:

  • for our 100 year old Carnegie library building,
  • for reading,
  • and for anything & everything you love about our library!

If you are interested in reading about the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and how their “Heart Bombing” initiative helps bring attention to cherished historic buildings, check out these links:


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What a great 100th Anniversay celebration!

Wasn’t it a grand day at the library?!

Every one of you who came and all who participated made it so. We appreciate you so much. Let’s continue to celebrate all year long!

Click HERE to see photos from the event on flickr.

Check out the following links for the media’s coverage of our celebration (so far):

Click HERE for great photos posted on facebook by Barb Jeffers, Fillmore County Journal

More of the Friends of the Library commemorative booklets are available at the library.

100th anniversary poster

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Come to Storytime! This Tuesday … March 17th!

St. Patrick's Day

Join us for Storytime March 17th at 10:30am!

Don’t forget … Storytime is on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:30am.

(If public school is canceled due to weather, Storytime will be canceled, too.)

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2nd Sunday Cinema – Showing March 8th


Showing March 8th at Potter Auditorium at 3:00pm


A film by Andreas Prochaska

Austria/Germany / 2014 / Drama / German with English Subtitles / 115 min

“Tense…[with] a brooding atmosphere of suspicion and menace.” —Indiewire

“Visually ravishing! The hills are alive with the sound of gunfire in this alpine revenge drama, a superior genre piece.” –The Hollywood Reporter

“A unique visual experience out of the novel, in a film that, stylistically, is not too far removed from classic westerns of old, with a typically placed revenge plot situated within this cinematic landscape.” – Stefan Pape, Hey U Guys!

Click on the picture below for film trailer:


Somewhere high in the Alps, a lone rider makes his way along a hidden path and reaches a small village, tucked away between the steep mountains. This stranger goes by the name of Greider; nobody knows where he’s from and, met with blatant distrust, nobody wants him in the village. The sons of Old Brenner, the village patriarch who holds the entire community under his threatening, violent ways, would have chased him away if Greider hadn’t given them a fistful of gold coins. Greider introduces himself as a photographer, and Brenner’s sons provide him with shelter for the winter at the house of widow Gader and her young daughter, Luzi. Soon to be married to her sweetheart, Lukas, Luzi is full of trepidation as the big day draws near because, in this valley, a wedding comes with a terrible tradition. And whoever opposes this tradition will be subjected to a merciless punishment.

In the depths of winter, the village cut off by snowfall and barely a ray of sunlight reaching the valley, a tragic accident leads to the death of one of Brenner’s beloved sons. When another son is mysteriously killed, it’s clear this is not a coincidence: the time has come for Brenner’s family to pay, and Greider plans to settle a score long forgotten by everyone but him.

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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Help HEART BOMB the Library!


Do you love our historic Carnegie Library?

Consider participating in “Heart Bombing” it!

Our library has been accepted to be one of Minnesota’s historic buildings to be Heart Bombed in the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s 2015 initiative.

Heart bombing involves showering a treasured historic building with love in the form of Valentine’s hearts.

Make a valentine heart or pick up hearts at the library to decorate as you wish and deliver to the library before February 9th.  Contribute as many as you wish!

The idea is to have an eye-catching Heart Bomb installation that shows how much the preservation of historic buildings, like our 100 year old library, matter to the people in our community.

The hearts will be displayed so as to be visible from Main Street February 9-15th to celebrate preservation and our beloved Carnegie library.


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