MN Author Tour: Dr. Christopher Lehman

Dr. Christopher Lehman shares how mutually beneficial relationships between southern slaveholders and Minnesotans kept the men and women whose labor generated the wealth enslaved.

Dr. Lehman’s book Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State won a 2020 MN Book Award, ( and his upcoming book, It Took Courage: Eliza Winston’s Quest for Freedom ( will be released on April 16.

Dr. Lehman is a social and cultural historian, and professor of ethnic and women’s studies. Lehman’s work has been enriching the African-American historical canon for the last two decades.
Please join us for this special event!  It is free and open to all.

Virtual Programs available to you

Click on any of the titles below to access virtual programming.  There is something for every age!

mississippi journey with Doug Ohman Journey Down the Mississippi with Doug Ohman

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Part 2

Part 3

JollyPops musical group  The Jolly Pops Virtual Summer Concert

  National Eagle Center Program 

Please fill out a short survey online if you watched any of the programs listed above.  They were made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.  Your input is crucial to our completion of required final reports.  Thanks!!

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

Our Science Tellers program was made possible with funding from the Friends of the Chatfield Public Library.


Doug Ohman’s MN Byways – March 7th

We celebrate our Carnegie Library’s 102nd anniversary by bringing you freelance photographer and public speaker Doug Ohman.  He will be at the Chatfield Center for the Arts on Tuesday, March 7th at 7:00pm. Doug’s work has been widely published in magazines, calendars and books, and in the popular book series, Minnesota Byways. This talk will feature photos and stories from the series.

From each book, Doug will take you to his favorite locations. He will share the best photographs and stories from around the great state of Minnesota. Doug will also tell his own story about how he took his passion for history and love of photography and combined them into a successful career.

Doug will have copies of his books for sale at the event.

Refreshments will be provided by members of the Library Board, the Friends of the Library, and staff.

Doug has degrees in both Geography and History from the University of Minnesota. Before becoming a full-time photographer, he was the Operations Manager at the Mall of America. He currently lives in New Hope, MN with his wife of over 30 years, Krin.

His work can be viewed on his website,

This program is free and open to the public.  Please join us!

Singer & Storyteller Jack Pearson performs on Friday, June 19th

Jack Pearson

Singer and storyteller Jack Pearson

Friday, June 19th at 10:00am

Join us for a fun-filled musical celebration of books and imagination!

Jack Pearson describes himself as “. . . a songwriter with one foot in our American folk tradition and the other joyfully lost in the landscape of imagination.” Families are invited to come and experience Jack’s music and story experience of spirit, folklore and history on guitar, fiddle, 5-string banjo, mandolin, dobro and an assortment of small percussion instruments.

We are celebrating the Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading Program and the entire family is welcome to come and enjoy a program revolving around books and imagination. Librarian Becky Walpole, of Park Rapids, Minn., says, “Jack has shared his love of song and story with us for twelve years.  Jack is able to make each concert new and exciting and is definitely the highlight of our Summer Reading Program.”

Jack was born in California but spent his growing up years in Alexandria and Minneapolis, Minnesota. He lives with his wife Nancy on the upper Mississippi in Minneapolis and has performed for kids and families in the Upper Midwest and around the country since 1979. He makes good pancakes, loves to read, and wears suspenders a lot.

This performance is free to the public and all are encouraged to come!