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Poetry Aloud
Posted by MPLadult on August 15, 2018

poetry_aloud_social_media.pngCome share your favorite poems with others the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. Participants can bring a poem about the designated topic or theme and read it out loud. This informal reading can include traditional, classic, contemporary and/or modern poetry. Even if you don’t have a poem to share, you’re welcome to come and listen!

August 16th theme: Poems we read to children or poems about children

One Day Book Sale
Posted by MPLadult on August 14, 2018


The Friends of the Minot Public Library are hosting their first-ever Free Will Offering Book Sale on Thursday, August 16th from 10:00 am – 8:30 pm only! No prices will be assigned to any of the items in the “Hidden Treasures” book sale room – just pay whatever you think your purchases are worth. Take a box load or an armful or a bag of a variety of great items: cookbooks, fiction, DVDs, CDs, magazines, children’s books and more. Make sure to ask our volunteers how to sign up to become a member of the Friends of the Library so you can attend the members-only presale in October. For more information call the Minot Public Library at (701) 852-1045.

Great libraries need great Friends—find out more about becoming a member here.

Color Me Happy Coloring Club
Posted by MPLadult on August 13, 2018

coloring.jpgSaturday, August 18, 1:00 pm
Relieve some stress and meet some great people at the Color Me Happy Coloring Club! The club meets the third Saturday of every month from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. The Color Me Happy Coloring Club gives grown-ups an opportunity to unwind and take part in some child-like fun. MPL will provide all the supplies you need to relax and get creative, but you are welcome to bring your own. No registration is necessary and you can stop by anytime between 1:00 and 2:30; for more information please call 852-1045.

Tech Talks: Internet Safety for Kids and Teens
Posted by MPLadult on August 10, 2018

Tech_Talks__Internet_Safety.jpgTechnology Coordinator Joshua Pikka will be holding a discussion about the best ways for parents to protect their kids in the digital world.

Join us on Tuesday, September 18th at 6:00 pm in the lower level of the Minot Public Library to learn some tips to keep your family safe online!

Tech Tutors: One-on-One Computer Help for Adults
Posted by MPLadult on August 8, 2018

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.

30th Annual Great Tomato Festival
Posted by MPLadult on August 3, 2018


Good food, live music and supporting a good cause are all on the agenda for the Great Tomato Festival at the North Dakota State Fair Center August 8, 2018. Proceeds go to the Friends of the Minot Public Library, Minot Symphony Orchestra and Taube Museum of Art.

The gates open at 5:30 pm for browsing and the event begins at 6:00 pm with a social hour. Dinner begins at 7:00 pm with a menu that is sure to please any palate and includes Haider’s Salsa and Chips, assorted Tomato Hors d’oeuvres, Smoked Pork Chops by the Master Chefs, Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed with Rice, Tomato and Cucumber Salad, Beer Batter Bread and Chocolate Brownie.

There will be a silent auction featuring Medora packages, golfing and restaurant certificates, gift baskets and more. Also, the 2018 Great Tomato Festival will feature a live auction with one-of-a-kind experiences and vacations. Tickets are only $30 and are available at the Library, online and at other locations. Call 852-1045 for more information!

Jurnee's Owls
Posted by MPLadult on August 1, 2018


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.”

Prevent the “Summer Slide”
Posted by MPLadult on July 28, 2018

TumbleBooks_000.jpgAfter a busy school year, your kids are just as ready for a break as you are, but it’s important to keep their skills fine-tuned. Help your children hold onto their reading skills this summer by introducing them to new books with TumbleBooks. TumbleBooks allows children to hear books being read while watching the illustrations come to life with Flash animation!

Soul Shine at MPL
Posted by MPLadult on July 24, 2018


Fall Book Sale
Posted by MPLadult on July 24, 2018

FriendsLogo_Small.pngJoin the Friends of the Minot Public Library for the annual fall book sale!

Thursday, Oct. 18th 12:00 - 9:00 PM

Friday, Oct. 19th 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday, Oct. 20th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (BONUS: from 1:00-4:00 on Saturday you can fill a bag with anything you can find at the Book Sale and pay only $3 for everything in the bag!)

Friends of the Library members are also welcome to attend the special pre-sale on Wednesday the 17th from 5:30 - 8:00 PM. Not a Friend of the Library member, but want to attend the pre-sale? It's not too late!! Membership forms are available at the Library and at the sale so you can sign up anytime. Membership levels begin as low as $10 and all proceeds from dues and sales go directly to the Friends of the Library. For more information call 852-1045.

MPL Tool Library
Posted by MPLadult on June 23, 2018

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 will now offer 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.

Summer Reading Kick-Off
Posted by MPLadult on May 30, 2018

LibrariesRock.jpgJoin us for the Libraries Rock Summer Reading kickoff party at the Minot Municipal Auditorium Monday, June 4th from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. The party is a great opportunity for you to see why libraries rock. There will be a one-of-a-kind musical created and performed by the Pangea House Players, a dance party, hands-on fun for children of all ages and the opportunity to talk to and get information about other community organizations! This event is FREE and open to people of all ages. Make plans to stop by and sign up for the Children’s, Teen or Adult Summer Reading Programs and enjoy some fun.

Libraries Rock!
Posted by MPLadult on May 7, 2018

Why do libraries rock? Because they offer so much for so many!  From music CDs to audiobooks, movies, video games, books and tech toys for checkout, our library offers something for everyone, of any age, FOR FREE.  No wonder our 2018 slogan for Summer Reading is Libraries Rock.  Libraries_rock.jpg

Meet Crazy Horse Family Members
Posted by MPLadult on May 5, 2018

On Thursday, May 10th at 5:30 pm the Minot Public Library is excited to host Crazy Horse family members and author William Matson. Crazy Horse family members Floyd Clown & Doug War Eagle along with author William Matson discuss and sign their book "Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy" based on the family's oral history.

The Minot Story Hour @ MPL
Posted by MPLadult on April 29, 2018


Tool Library Workshops
Posted by MPLadult on April 22, 2018

Tool_lending_service_starts_today.pngThe Minot Public Library is celebrating the launch of the Tool Library with the final home improvement workshop hosted by the City of Mnot Building Inspection Department.

On Saturday April 28th at 1:30 pm,  join City of Minot Building Inspector Mike Murphy to learn basic design and construction techniques to build a residential deck according to the 2015 IRC codes.

Spring Book Sale
Posted by MPLadult on April 15, 2018

FriendsLogo_Small.pngMark your calendars for the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale!

Thursday, April 19th 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday, April 20th 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday, April 21st 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (BONUS: from 1:00-4:00 on Saturday you can fill a bag with anything you can find at the Book Sale and pay only $3 for everything in the bag!)

The Friends of the Library Book Sale is held in the "Hidden Treasures" room of the Minot Public Library at 516 2nd Ave SW. ALL proceeds from this book sale go to the Friends of the Library group. For more information on the Friends of the Library visit the Friends of the Library page on the MPL website. For details about the sale please call 701-852-1045

Great libraries need great Friends—find out more about becoming a member here.

Prove Your Game 2018
Posted by MPLadult on April 1, 2018

PROVE YOUR GAME? What’s that?  It’s the Makerspace Board Game Creation contest!  Our teens create their own board game using Makerspace digital tools in an interesting new way! It’s a chance to learn new software and develop something teens can take home and use.  Board game creation requires reading, strategic thinking, rule creation, and logistical planning.


Residential Wiring Workshop
Posted by MPLadult on March 26, 2018

Join City of Minot Electrical Inspector, John French, on Monday, April 9th at 6:00 pm as he discusses basic wiring projects. John will talk about installing light fixtures, changing out light switches and when specific permits are required. Remember: the Minot Public Library has tools available for your household projects, check out our online catalong here!

This event is free and open to the pubic and no registration is required. For more information call (701) 852-1045.

Welcome RB Digital
Posted by MPLadult on February 23, 2018

RBdigital.pngMPL is excited to introduce you to RBdigital. RBdigital (formerly OneClickDigital) allows you to download audiobooks for free with your library card. In addition, the new RBdigital app includes our subscription to Zinio digital magazines so you can listen to audiobooks and browse magazines from the same app! Visit the Digital Resources section of or ask a library staff member today for more details.

MPL Announces Continuing Education Courses
Posted by MPLadult on February 21, 2018

universalbanner.jpgThe Minot Public Library is pleased to announce the availability of online continuing education service Universal Class.

Through the library’s website (Digital Resources > Education > Universal Class), MPL patrons have access to lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.

Universal Class - Learn Something New!
Posted by MPLadult on February 15, 2018

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 

Cooking Adventures
Posted by MPLadult on February 10, 2018

In recent TAG (Teen Advisory Group) meetings, cooking has come up as something our teens are interested in.  Knowing how to prepare a wholesome meal is an important life skill. We are delighted to hold Cooking Adventures on February 22nd from 4-5 for our teens.


Tech Ed at The Parker
Posted by MPLadult on January 25, 2018


Staff from the Minot Public Library will be visiting the Parker Senior Center from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, February 1st to show local seniors how to use all their fun electronic gadgets & show off what technology resources the library has to offer. You will also be able to sign-up for a library card! Please bring a photo ID and additional proof of address.

Everyone in the community, not just Parker residents, are welcome to attend as well!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Josh at 701-852-1045 or

Women Lead... Women Run
Posted by MPLadult on January 21, 2018


Less than 19% of North Dakota State Legislators are women. On a more local level, the Minot City Council and Ward County Commission each only have one female member. ND needs more women leaders and the Minot Public Library wants to help you become one! Join us at the Minot Public Library for an informative event Tuesday, January 23rd at 7:00 pm to discuss what is needed in order to run for a position and also find out how you can help support those who plan to run. Meet other civically engaged women and learn how you can help improve our community by filling leadership roles.