Journey Down the Mississippi with Doug Ohman!


If you have been to any of Doug Ohman’s programs (we have hosted him at least 3 times and have all of his books) you will remember what an incredible photographer, historian, and storyteller he is.  His programs are always wildly popular and incredibly enjoyable.  Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this kayak adventure down the Mississippi River right from the comfort of your own armchair!  You can access all 3 parts of his virtual journey below.

Part 1:  Doug will take you from the river’s headwaters at Lake Itasca to the central Minnesota town of Little Falls. Along the way you will experience wilderness, large lakes and interesting towns in this 400 mile journey. Doug will share Minnesota history and stories that relate to this upper section of river.

Part 2:  Continue Kayaking with Doug through the heart of Minnesota from Little Falls to St. Paul.  This 130 mile stretch of the river is sure to entertain and educate as he travels through some larger urban centers such as St. Cloud and Minneapolis.  You will experience going through three river locks and Doug shares more historical information about two very important explorers of the Mississippi River.

Part 3:  Doug paddles from the river city of St. Paul all the way down to the Iowa border, completing his trip down the entire Mississippi River within Minnesota.  This final stretch of nearly 200 miles of river takes you into some of the most picturesque scenery on the trip so far.  You will also experience some of the most charming river towns in the state, such as Red Wing and Wabasha.  When Doug finally reaches the Iowa border, he will have traveled approximately 720 miles of this incredible American river.

This virtual program is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.  We would be very grateful for your opinions of this program.  Please leave a comment or send an email to  Your comments will be extremely helpful as we fill out a required final report detailing the success of this program.  Thank you!

All of the virtual programs we have posted so far will be available at least until August 31, 2020.

Now Hiring: Part time library cleaner


cleaning materials

The Chatfield Public Library seeks a responsible, self-directed individual who prides themselves in doing a thorough job.

Responsible for cleaning the library at least 2 times a week. Schedule negotiable, 8 hours/week, $14/hr.  Experience preferable.

Full job description and application available upon request from the library (507-867-3480), online at, or via email  Please send application to the library at 314 S. Main St., Chatfield, MN 55923. Position will remain open until filled.


Science Tellers present … Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress!


A long time ago, in a faraway land, two brave villagers go on a daring journey to release the dragons and save the kingdom from an evil Ice Sorceress. When things don’t go as planned, however, the kids might need to look to themselves — and to science! — for the answer.

Don’t miss this fun fantasy adventure featuring awesome dry ice experiments as special effects!

A virtual program brought to you by a generous contribution from the Friends of the Library.

You can access this program as many times as you wish until the end of August.  Just click the photo above.

Interested in doing your own experiment involving ice?  Learn how to make “sticky ice” in this bonus experiment here …

Team of young prodigies conducting scientific experiments

All you need is a cup, water, an ice cube, string, and salt.   Share photos with us if you do the experiment!


Curbside Pick-up Now Available


We are pleased that we can now offer Curbside Pick-up on the Patio!

1) Request the titles you’d like through one of the following options:

2) When you are notified that your items are available, please schedule a time to come pick them up.

Tuesday          10am – 7pm
Wednesday     10am – 6pm
Thursday         10am – 7pm
Friday                9am – 5pm

3) Come to the library at your scheduled time and pick up your items from the patio area out in front of the library.  Your items will already be checked out to you and waiting with your name on them.

If it happens to be raining, your items will be in a bag leaning against the building under the overhang by the front door.

Building Closed

The library building remains closed to the public.  You may see workmen coming and going as construction and renovation work continue inside.  We can’t wait until it is finished and it is once again safe enough for you to come in and enjoy.  We miss you!

Stay safe!