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MPL Eliminates Fines
Posted by MPLadult on July 16, 2021


Summer Learning 2021
Posted by MPLadult on June 30, 2021


It is summer time, which means fun in the sun! It also means that the Minot Public Library will once again be hosting our Summer Learning Program. This year’s theme is “Tails & Tales.”

Why is summer reading so important? MPL hosts Summer Learning programs for many reasons, but primarily because it matters. It matters because children and teens who don’t read during the summer lose 2-3 months’ worth of reading and math skills over the summer months. Kids who lose knowledge over the summer will have a much harder time getting “caught back up” in school and by the time they are, summer may be just around the corner again.  Summer Learning matters because a trip down the “Summer Slide” is no fun for anyone, the kid, the teachers, the parents, or our whole community.

Mango Languages is Here!
Posted by MPLadult on June 29, 2021

mago_guitar.pngMango Languages is a powerful language learning tool that all MPL card holders now have access to.  So, if you have always wanted to learn another language but didn't have the opportunity, the time is now.  The resource is avaliable under Digital Resources, or at this link.

Universal Class - Learn Something New!
Posted by MPLadult on June 27, 2021

We are proud to welcome our newest database: Universal Class. It offers over 500 lessons on a wide range of subjects, from your basic school topics to arts and crafts, self-help, and beyond! All you need to start is your library card number and creating an account with Universal Class. The database can be accessed by going through our Digital Resource section and looking under "Education" or the letter "U." More information is included in the full blog below. If you still need assistance, please feel free to contact 852-1045 or email Josh at 

MPL Tool Library
Posted by MPLadult on June 26, 2021

Tool_lending_service_starts_today.pngLend a tool, build a better community! The Minot Public Library is working hard to do just that. The library offers a tool lending service to its patrons who are at least 18 years of age and have had a library card for a minimum of 90 days. Landscaping, gardening, and home repair tools are available to check out for 7 days, with the possibility of one renewal if no other reservations have been made.

To view the tools visit the online catalog or go to the adult services front desk and ask for the print catalog. Patrons can reserve tools to be held for them at the library by going online, stopping by, or calling the Minot Public Library at 852-1045.

Beginner's Guide to Photoshop
Posted by MPLadult on June 4, 2021

Join Technology Coordinator Joshua Pikka as he hosts a workshop on the basics of Adobe's Photoshop program.  The workshop will be held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday July 13th in the Makerspace Area of the Minot Public Library. Call 701-852-1045 or email Josh at for more information or to reserve a spot.  Beginner_Photoshop_Workshop_Cover.jpg

One Day Book Sale
Posted by MPLadult on May 1, 2021


SURPRISE!! The Friends of the Library are holding a "Pop-Up Book Sale" on  Wednesday, July 21st from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. This will be a “free will offering” book sale so buyers can pay whatever they can and take as much as they like! Come prepared to leave with bags (or boxes) full of great items, including lots of nonfiction books, children’s books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and MORE.

The Friends of the Library are always looking for new members and recruiting volunteers – for more information on becoming a Friend of the Minot Public Library visit our website or talk to a MPL staff member. Remember: great libraries need great friends!

May Library Board Meeting
Posted by MPLadult on May 1, 2021

The May meeting of the Minot Public Library Board will be held Thursday, May 13th at 4:15 pm in the lower level meeting room of the Library and via Zoom. To join the meeting via Zoom, login here and use the following:

Meeting ID: 824 7515 1709                             Passcode: 556370

Need Help Selecting a Book?
Posted by MPLadult on April 23, 2021

resources.pngLooking for something to read? You can have one of our library staff pick out materials just for you.

Just fill out this form for adults and this form for children and a library staff member will select books tailor-made for you!

Want to look for your own read-a-likes? Check out our NoveList resource for tons of great information on series, authors and more!

MPL Game Night
Posted by MPLadult on April 22, 2021

Your Minot Public Library is hosting a game night, and everyone is invited!  Come to the Minot Public Library between 6-8 PM on the third Tuesday of every month in the North              


Community Room of the Minot Public Library.  All ages are invited, but those 8 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Come out to the library and meet members of the Minot Community as you play some fun games. Feel free to bring your favorite games or play ones of ours.  

Two Color 3D Printing
Posted by MPLadult on April 21, 2021

IMG_0869.jpgOur Ultimaker 3S has 2 extruders! We’ve often used one extruder to print a design and one to print design supports that could be broken off or dissolved using PVA filament. We are now offering dual printing so that a design can be two colors without the need for paint!

Tech Tutors: One-on-One Computer Help for Adults
Posted by MPLadult on April 21, 2021

computer-clip.jpgThe Minot Public Library offers one-on-one computer help for adults at no cost. These Tech Tutor sessions are by appointment only, and the tutor availability will depend on the type of computer help needed. Library cards are required to sign up for help.

Resources to Use Anywhere
Posted by MPLadult on April 19, 2021

Never_Be_Bored_Again.pngAs our community spends more time at home, the Minot Public Library wants to help make this time easier and more enjoyable for everyone. Whether you're looking for entertainment, education or actvities we've got a list of resources for you!

The Library is OPEN
Posted by MPLadult on March 13, 2021

3.1.2021OPEN.pngEFFECTIVE 3/1/2021, the Minot Public Library will be open during the following times:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Curbside pick-up will now be available after 1:00 pm only (until 5:00 pm Monday - Thursday and until 4:00 pm Friday & Saturday). Please remember to wear a face covering and practice social distancing while visiting the library.

PLEASE NOTE: Effective 10/1/2020 MPL resumed charging the usual $2.00 to use computers without a library card per our existing policy. However, library cards are free to get if you live in our service area and MPL staff are happy to sign you up for a library card anytime!

In addition, the following changes have been made:

COVID-19 Resources
Posted by MPLadult on February 21, 2021

Be_Ready_to_Fight_Covid-19_.pngThe Minot Public Library is in the business of information and because of this we feel very strongly that it is our responsibility to be the gatekeepers of facts and to quell misinformation. In order to do this, MPL has compiled a list of valid resources as well as reliable news information about the Coronavirus.

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives
Posted by MPLadult on February 10, 2021

Celebrating_Womens_History_Month.pngThis month’s Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives (OPEL) features the extraordinary Tawny Cale who has created 150 amazing beading packets for people to pick up for free. Stop by the Library to pick up your packets or call us at 701-852-1045 to reserve some. Packets can be picked up at the Adult Services or Children’s Library desk and by curbside. Instructions on how to make these earrings can be found here or by watching the video tutorial.

Once you’ve got your beading packet, join us on Wednesday, March 31st at 6:00 pm in-person or via Zoom as Tawny discusses the role women play in Indigenous culture, specifically her own tribes, and listen as she shares her beadwork journey.
Join this event virtually via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 790 587 8086

Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency
Posted by MPLadult on February 9, 2021

The Minot Public Library, like all libraries, is in the business of information and because of this we feel very strongly that every person who works at MPL should have all the FACTS about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). It is our responsibility to be the gatekeepers of factual information and to quell misinformation. In order to do this, the Minot Public Library will continue to post links to valid resources as well as reliable news information about the Coronavirus. Please use the links below to learn more and follow the Minot Public Library on Facebook and Instagram for continued updates.

Tulane University Infodemics Guide (NEW!)

Crisis Health Counciling

The COVID Tracking Project

ND COVID-19 Dashboard

ND Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

First District Health Unit (ND)

COVID-19 Event Risk-Assessment Planning Tool 

Covid Act Now Warning System

Rt Live - a key measure of how fast the virus is growing

Harvard Global Health Institute’s Online Risk-Assessment Map 

World Health Organization

US Department of Health and Human Services

National Library of Medicine

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

National Institute of Health


NewsGuard Coronavirus **Misinformation** Tracking Center

ND State Hotline for Coronavirus Questions: 1-866-207-2880

From Family Voices of North Dakota:

North Dakota Department of Health:

North Dakota Department of Health COVID-19

North Dakota Special Health Services

Local Public Health Units

Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis

North Dakota Department of Human Services

Stakeholder’s letter which includes links for Mental Health(click here)
It is natural to feel anxiety and worry during times like this. There are resources to help. Recovery Talk is free, confidential, anonymous and available 24/7 to ANYONE struggling with addiction or recovery. Call 1.844.44.TALK2

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
* For questions regarding your school, please contact your local school district
Parent FAQ’s from Special Ed Division- (Click Here)

Health Affiliate Information

For other hospital affiliates across the state, check their websites or Facebook pages for their updates and guidance.

Ancillary Services and providers: PT, OT Speech, Music, Early Intervention, and Centers etc., please check with whom you receive services for their updates and guidance.

Family Voices of North Dakota - 888-522-9654

North Dakota Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health - 877-822-6287

Pathfinder Services of North Dakota - 701-837-7500 

Designer Genes - 701-391-7421; 

Other supports:
North Dakota Centers for Independent Living page (link to all of the Independent Living Centers across the state)
First Link 2-1-1; 701-235-7335
North Dakota Assistive (for equipment to loan, etc)
North Dakota Association for the Disabled (possible financial assistance for individuals with disabilities)
Great Plains Foodbank - check to see which community they are coming to next

Federal information

Office of Civil Rights- Letter to Stakeholders (click here)

Helpful Links:

5 Things to do for families of children with special health care needs(click Here)
Social Story and Visual attached (click here)
Again, we know that this is not an all inclusive list. We appreciate everything that is being done by our state and local officials and all who are helping others in many ways across the state. WE are all in this together!

Please be sure to follow the CDC guidelines

Sweater Weather Reading Challenge
Posted by MPLadult on February 4, 2021


While chillier weather rolls in, the Minot Public Library is bringing the community a cozy, new reading challenge. The Sweater Weather Reading Challenge asks you to read outside the box, by choosing a new genre or a book you would not have otherwise read. Seriously, you only need to read one book a month to be entered for some great prizes. Adult Services Librarian, Zhaina Moya, says “we want our patrons to try new books and see if they can discover great reads they may not have otherwise read.” For instruction on how to start using the app click here!

MPL Eliminates Fines for Children
Posted by MPLadult on December 1, 2020

Kaelyn.jpgThe mission of the Minot Public Library is to connect, enrich and inspire. To that end, the staff and Board of the Library believe library services are particularly essential to the youth of the Minot community. Therefore, the Minot Public Library Board has decided that effective July 1, 2019, children will no longer accrue fines for overdue materials.

“We do not believe children should be restricted from using Library services because of situations they can’t always control,” said Library Board Vice President Kari Kvigne. Kvigne went on to explain children are not usually responsible for getting themselves to the Library to return items, yet they are then unable to check out materials.

Stuck At Home?
Posted by MPLadult on December 1, 2020

Jurnee's Owls
Posted by MPLadult on October 22, 2020


Our 3D printer has been busy since its unveiling in March.  We’ve printed a lot of items but the ones we’re proudest of are the ones that help our area teens. Below is an interview conducted by Pam Carswell, our Teen Librarian and Jurnee, an area teen who has lost a lot of her sight due to cancer.

Pam: “So Jurnee, how long have you been coming to the library?”

Jurnee:”Since I was in the bucket car seat!”

Pam: “What’s the hardest thing about not being able to see well?”

Jurnee: “Going down stairs because they all blend in.”

We want to hear from YOU!
Posted by MPLadult on October 1, 2020

survey.pngThe Minot Public Library wants to make sure that we are serving our community as best as we can. To do this, we'd like to hear from YOU; please take this brief survey to let us know what's important to you.

Thank you for your time, please contact us anytime to share your ideas and suggestions!

Virtual Tech Talks: Surviving and Thriving Online in 2020
Posted by MPLadult on September 1, 2020

With the recent switch to online communications, knowing how to vtt.jpgthrive online is more important than ever.  Technology Coordinator Joshua Pikka will discuss ways to be safe and have fun online in our current climate.  Internet safety and innovatie ways to communicate wiht friends and family members will be discussed in this Facebook Live Program.  Check out the Minot Public Library Facebook page to virtually attend this presentation. 

After School Teen Space
Posted by MPLadult on August 28, 2020

Welcome Back Teens! We know 2020 is a crazy year and the library looks different. We want you to know that you are welcome and we have a place for you. Chat with your friends, play a game, do a craft, color, watch a show or play some trivia.  We're here for you.


Imagine Your Story 2020
Posted by MPLadult on July 10, 2020


Minot Public Library Offers Summer Reading Online

Have you ever heard of the summer slide? Research shows that children who do not read in the summer can lose around 2 months of grade level equivalency in math and reading in one summer.


Parents have been busy schooling from home recently, and we don’t want our children to lose the knowledge they have learned. That is why the Minot Public Library is going digital for our Summer Reading Program. Through our new software, Beanstack, families can sign up, log minutes, complete activities, and earn prizes over the summer months. Children’s Librarian, Randi Monley, says “it doesn’t take much, just 20 minutes or more a day, for your children to negate the summer slide, and what kid doesn’t love a prize for their efforts?” While Beanstack will be tracking your reading, don’t forget the library will be preparing lots of programs for all ages whether those are virtual or in person, remains to be determined.

If you think summer reading is only for the kids, you would be wrong. Minot Public Library has plenty of challenges for adults and teens. “Summer reading isn't just for kids. Some of the many benefits adults gain from reading include, an increased ability to focus, reduced stress, and an increase in cultural competency,” stated Zhaina Moya, Adult Services Librarian. Minot Public Library is excited to have this new online platform, so everyone can get reading!