216 N Marshall Ave

Litchfield MN 55355


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While all Pioneerland Library System buildings remain closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Curbside Pick-up of library items is available. You may place items on hold using the online catalog. Library staff will call you to schedule a pickup time once your hold is ready. Pickup days/times vary by location. Please contact your library if you have questions or need assistance in using this service.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Book Return Open

Are you getting tired of keeping library books at your house?  You may now return your library items in the book drop if you wish.

Due dates have been extended to the end of May, so there's no rush.

Please NO BAGS so that the slot doesn't get blocked, and please no donations.

If you look at your account online, you will see that the things you return remain checked out to you for at least 72 hours after you drop them off, so that we can quarantine them according to best practices for libraries.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

One Book | One Minnesota launches with "Because of Winn-Dixie"

Hey Minnesota, let’s read together! One Book | One Minnesota is a new statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect, and discuss. The first book selection is New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor winner “Because of Winn-Dixie” by Minnesota’s own Kate DiCamillo! Learn more here: #onebookmn

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Adult Book Club virtual meeting: O Pioneers

If you usually attend the adult book club at noon on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and you'd like to join our 12:00 Zoom call but haven't gotten an email about this at all from Beth, email her at At noon she will email the information about how to join the call.

At 1:00 today, Beth will go live on Facebook to lead a discussion about the book O Pioneers. If you regularly attend adult book club and you don't do Zoom or haven't been in contact with Beth to get that meeting info, or if you've never come to book club but want to talk about the book, please join us!

Willa Cather took the name of her novel from the Walt Whitman poem "Pioneers! O Pioneers!" Listen to the poem here:

Virtual Maker Space

Monday afternoon was the time for our regularly-scheduled Maker Space program. Do you like Minecraft? Do you want to learn to do coding? Visit to do an Hour of Code and learn about the building blocks of computer programming! There's a Hero's Journey option, a Voyage Aquatic, and other fun challenges. comes recommended by School Library Journal and is offered in partnership with Microsoft.

PBS Books Storytime

PBS Books has started offering a daily storytime on Facebook.  You can also access the videos on YouTube.  Here's their first one, "Madeline Finn & the Library Dog" by Lisa Papp, read by the author.

Good Night with Dolly

Every Thursday night at 6:00, Dolly Parton reads a new Imagination Library bedtime story! She also provides activity sheets, reading tips for parents, and suggestions for more books like the one she reads aloud.

Minnesota's stay-at-home order extended

The new executive order for Minnesota extends the stay-at home-order through May 3. Read the details here:

Safer ways to do a Zoom call

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Easy access to academic resources

With many libraries closing their physical locations, is offering a new way for Minnesota residents to directly request electronic journal articles and chapters of electronic books. Just visit and click on the red “Request Electronic Resources” link. This is especially useful for college students but available to all.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Storytime Songs at Home

Hello, storytime families!  We miss you!  Even though we can't meet in person, you can listen to some of the songs Mrs. Pease uses in storytimes.  Enjoy!

And remember to practice sneezing into your elbow!

For a wide selection of stories read by celebrities, vetted by the American Library Association, visit this website:

Thursday, April 2, 2020

April Book Club Pick Available in Ebook

Litchfield Library's adult book club is reading O Pioneers! by Willa Cather for April. It just so happens that the title is available for unlimited checkouts through our Overdrive ebook service! Search for it on Libby or the Overdrive app or find it here:

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, and we'll try to offer it virtually on that day on Facebook Live, Zoom, or both.

Unlimited Checkouts for 1st Harry Potter Book in April

"When in doubt, go to the library." - Ron Weasley.
In this case, the virtual library... No waiting for Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone in both ebook and downloadable audiobook! Use Overdrive or Libby to check out the first Harry Potter book, which is available for unlimited users to check out simultaneously in April.


Library Closed, Resources Still Available

by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian

The Litchfield Public Library is closed indefinitely because of COVID-19, along with all other libraries in Pioneerland Library System.  The book drop is closed, as well.  For now, please keep public library books and movies at home, and once the library reopens you may return them.  Due dates will continue to be extended while the library is closed, so there’s no need to worry about late fees.

All library events and programs that had been scheduled for April and May are canceled or indefinitely postponed.  This includes storytimes, Brickheads Lego building, book clubs, craft and activity programs for adults and kids, and the May book sale.  We are hoping to offer some virtual programs or online content that you can access from home.  For example, I’m hoping to host my April 14th book club meeting via Zoom or Facebook Live so that we can discuss “O Pioneers!” without the health risk of gathering a group of people. 

Some resources are available while the library is closed.

Pioneerland’s downloadable ebooks and audiobooks are available at or by using the free Libby or Overdrive app on a smartphone, tablet, or Kindle.  To find your local collection, search Overdrive for your local library, and that will lead you to Pioneerland.  If it lists a library system name other than Pioneerland, you may have chosen a Litchfield or Grove City in another state; it’s a common mistake.

Most titles are available to only one person at a time, just like a physical book, but a collection of classics is available for unlimited numbers of users to borrow at one time.  Another option is the current Big Library Read, a book that Overdrive chooses for unlimited checkouts for a limited time.  The current title is Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary.  This is a teen-oriented memoir that adults can also enjoy.  It’s available for unlimited borrowers through April 13. 

Even though the libraries are closed, our library system is adding more downloadable titles all the time to meet your need for books.  Looking for something you can check out immediately, instead of putting yourself on a waiting list?  Choose “collections,” then “available now,” and you can view your many options for checking out a book right away. 

Don’t have a library card? There’s a new way to sign up for a digital card online.  Go to Overdrive or Libby on a computer, phone, or tablet, and choose the option to sign up for an instant digital card using your cell phone number. You should only use this option if you don’t already have a library card. Ebooks are only available to people who live within the service area of each library system; Meeker County residents can access Pioneerland ebooks, but residents of some of our neighboring counties cannot.

If you have a library card that has expired within the past year or that was about to expire in the coming two months, your card’s expiration date has now been extended to June, and you should be able to use it to check out ebooks.  If you have trouble using your card, you can email me at and I will find out if someone from our headquarters can resolve the issue. 

You can also send me an email if you need assistance with research, and I’ll do what I can with online resources from home.  Another option is AskMN, the 24-hour information and research help service from Minnesota libraries.  Visit for real-time online chat assistance from a librarian for help finding information on any topic, including college research. 

Prefer to do the searching yourself? The Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) is a massive online resource that’s free for Minnesotans.  You can access magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles, encyclopedias for all ages, test prep resources, résumé guidance, and federal government documents.  It’s a fantastic resource for students as well as the general public.  One unique collection within ELM is called Minnesota Reflections; it’s made up of images and documents from throughout the history of Minnesota, contributed by museums, archives, colleges, and libraries across the state.  Access ELM at

Free public wifi is available outside the library.  If you park on the street or in the parking lot near the building, you should be able to pick it up, and no password is required.

I hope you are staying home as much as possible as our whole society works together to control this pandemic.  I am hopeful that we can care for each other and each do our part for the greater good.  I wish you health and happiness in the midst of this stressful time.