Online Resources


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Lists of online resources


SELCO compiled a great list, complete with links, to a wide variety of electronic resources for education and entertainment. Be sure to scroll all the way down; there are many resources for all ages on their page:

All resources provided HERE are free. Some sites do not require a login, but some may require you to create a free login.

Individual sites

Amazing Educational Resources has a public spreadsheet available detailing the ever growing list of available resources.

Audible  For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.  All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.  Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.  It’s that easy.

Google Arts and Culture Collection provides links to museums that offer free virtual resources and tours.

Great Courses Enter code FREEMO at checkout to watch free for a month.  Listen or watch on your TV, laptop, tablet and smartphone.

Imagineering in a Box  Enjoy a series of interactive lessons in theme park design and engineering, designed to give a behind-the-scenes peek into Imagineering’s development process. It combines 32 videos of actual Imagineers, real-world case studies, and lots of interactive activities to give you the opportunity to dream and design your very own theme park experience!  It’s available to all and completely free. Created in partnership with the Khan Academy and Pixar.

Junior Library Guild Now offering FREE access to the JLG Digital online reading platform.  With JLG Gold Standard eBooks for Elementary, Middle School and High School students, JLG Digital gives you unlimited access to read books online from any device. No passwords necessary and no limit to the number of users who can access the books at the same time. Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available!

Open Culture has free textbooks, movies, audiobooks and links to free online courses from professors.

Operation Storytime is offering read-alouds from enough authors to fill a virtual library. This site has a spreadsheet with a schedule and links.

Rochester Writing Lab  Attention Young Writers: If you’re spending some of your free time with your fingers on the keyboard writing the next best seller, a few RWL local authors are offering to read and edit your work to keep you headed in the right direction. There’s no need to be on this journey alone. Writers must unite!  Contact and they will send you instructions on how to upload your file to their File Share. They have lots of writing prompts on their blog if you need something to help you get started!

Scholastic Learn at Home is offering free “day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.”

Storyline Online: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

What to know about the library’s closing


A posted sign that says, "Sorry we are closed."In order to help prevent and mitigate the spread of Covid 19, the library closed on March 17th.  The well-being of staff, you, and all the members of the community are of utmost importance and will guide our decision regarding when the library will re-open.



Please rest assured that we are still here for you.  You can reach out to library staff for assistance by calling 507-867-3480 and we will do our best to respond to any messages you leave as soon as possible.  For more immediate assistance, email staff at


Due dates for all physical materials have been extended to April 17th.  No new overdue fines will be assessed on anything checked in during the library’s closure.  You may return library items in the drop slots on the front of the building at any time.


To the best of our knowledge, items that are presently on hold for you at the library will still be available to you for at least a week after we re-open.  You may continue to request materials online, but the library is not receiving any library deliveries while closed.  Your requests through SELCO should remain active until they are filled, up to a year from when they are placed.


Have you been putting off exploring the process of checking out ebooks and digital audiobooks?  Well, there is no better time than now to give it a try!  Libby is a free app you can use to borrow ebooks and digtal audiobooks from your public library.  You can stream books with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere.  All you need to get started is a library card.  To get a free library card, learn what your library card number is (the 13-digit number below the barcode on your library card; be sure to enter it with no spaces) or what your PIN number is (usually the last 4 digits of the phone number the library has on file for you), please contact the library.  Go to for more help in getting started accessing digital reading materials for all ages and interests.


Please remember that open wifi access is available to you at all times from most locations right outside the library.


Check back here or our facebook page for updates, dependable information, and links to a variety of online resources available to you.


Our library improvement project has kicked into high gear since we closed.  A silver lining to our unfortunate need to close is that some of the improvements we have planned may be completed sooner than originally planned!


In the post above we have listed some online resources you might find helpful or interesting.  We’ll add more as we become aware of them.


With so many services needing to close their doors so abruptly, we hope that you will never feel as if you have no one to turn to during this unpredictable and trying time.  Though our front door is closed, we are still here to help you find answers that you need.

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The library is often the place people turn to when they do not know where to turn; never doubt that we are still that place.

Please feel free to reach out to us.



Library closed


In compliance with the Executive Order from Governor Walz, the Chatfield Public Library is closed to the public.

All fines will be waived upon check-in during this period. Feel free to drop materials off through our 24-hour drop slots on the front of the building and just to the left of the front door.

We do not know at this time how long the library will be closed to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience, but fully support these measures to be mindfully proactive to ensure a healthy environment for our community.


Storytime cancelled Tuesday, March 17th


Due to unforeseen circumstances, storytime is cancelled this Tuesday, March 17th. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Little girl reading to her teddy bears.
For some storytime fun your children can enjoy right from home, take a look at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online ( You can stream videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

The library will be open, so feel free to come check out books for your own storytimes at home.

Census help available at the library …


Because Librarians believe that everyone counts.

The Chatfield Public Library is partnering with the US Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census.  As a partner, we’ll be working to ensure that our community is accurately represented.

For the first time, beginning in mid-March 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online. The process will be quick and secure.  We offer assistance, public computers, and free internet access to help make sure you are counted.

To learn more about what to expect, visit  If you need help … come to the library.


Tax Time


FEDERAL:  Forms and instructions for 1040 and 1040-SR are available free at the library.

Post-Release Changes to Tax Forms, Instructions, and Publications can be found here:

The  most up-to-date forms and instructions are available at

STATE: The State no longer provides the library with forms or instructions.  As a courtesy, the library has printed 2019 M1, Individual Income Tax and M1PR, Homestead Credit Refund and Renter’s Property Tax Refund forms for the public to take.  If you need more than one copy of each, you can make copies for 25 cents a piece.

The library has printed instructions for the Minnesota Individual Income Tax and Property Tax Refund that you may check out if you wish.  Please ask at the circulation desk.

State forms and instructions are available at

If you would like to file online, you are welcome to come do so using the library’s computers!

Chill Fest Movie Marathon 2/1/20

Join us for a family movie marathon at the library on Feb. 1st!  We’ll show The Secret Life of Pets 2 at 9:30am and ABOMINABLE at 11:30am in the lower level meeting room. Bring comfy stuff, like a blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, beach chair, etc. Both movies are rated PG. More information about the movies, including Parents’ Guide, can be found here: and here: Fun food and crafts will be provided during the movies. Feel free to come and go as suits your children’s attention spans.