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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.

Tool Library Workshops
Posted by MPLadult on April 14, 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.

Meet Crazy Horse Family Members
Posted by MPLadult on April 13, 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.

Food for Fines
Posted by MPLadult on April 9, 2018

foodforfines.pngNational Library Week is April 8th - April 14th and has been nationally observed for 60 years to celebrate all that libraries do for the people they serve. The 2018 theme is "Libraries Lead" and the Minot Public Library has chosen to be a leader by giving back to the Minot community. MPL will celebrate National Library Week by forgiving fines in exchange for collecting items for the Lord's Cupboard food pantry all week!

Each non-perishable food item or personal hygiene item donated will pay off $1 in fines. Children's diapers, adult absorbent briefs and men's undergarments donated will count for $5 off fines. There is no limit on the amount of fines that can be forgiven. However, the Minot Public Library will be forgiving fines only on items that have been returned. If patrons have items that are overdue, they can return them and make a donation to pay off the late fees.

In addition to the "Food for Fines" program, MPL will have tote bags to give away and a variety of events for all ages (as well as a fun "spirit week" for staff). Our events for the week include everything from story times to board game creation and a grandparent's tea and rock painting.

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.

MPL Tool Library
Posted by MPLadult on March 21, 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.

Tech Talks: Photoshop
Posted by MPLadult on March 12, 2018

If you have always wanted to learn the basics of Adobe's Photoshop program butPhotoshop_final.jpg never knew where to start, come to "Tech Talks: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Photoshop" on March 19th at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM in the Makerspace area of the Minot Public Library. Participants will learn the basics of the program and the basic methods used to edit images. The program is open to all ages, but seating is limited. Registration is required. To register call 852-1045 or email

Tech Tutors: One-on-One Computer Help for Adults
Posted by MPLadult on March 6, 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.

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.


3D Printer coming to MPL
Posted by MPLadult on February 9, 2018

3DPrinter.jpgThe Minot Public Library was awarded a Community Grant from Best Buy to bring 3D printing to Library patrons. The Library staff are looking forward to learning more about this technology and seeing the imaginative projects patrons will design.

3D printing allows makers to turn their concepts into physical objects and the Library will host its first 3D printer program for teens on March 13th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm in the Makerspace. At this program, teens will create their own keychain fob. However, once the 3D printer is up and running anyone will be able to use it whenever it is available.

The Minot Story Hour @ MPL
Posted by MPLadult on February 1, 2018

LT.2.pngThe Minot Story Hour is a live community storytelling event that focuses on the real stories of people in Minot. The Minot Story Hour will host “Little Traditions” on Saturday, February 10th at 7:00 pm. During this event, folks from the Minot community who have volunteered to share their stories will step up to the microphone and, in 10 minutes or less, share a real story from their own lives that relates to the "Little Traditions" theme. As in past events, these stories will prove to be heartwarming, heartbreaking and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny.

The Minot Story Hour is still looking for talented and brave storytellers to share their stories about little traditions; anyone interested can contact the group by e-mail at or find them on Facebook by searching “The Minot Story Hour.”

Color Me Happy Coloring Club
Posted by MPLadult on February 1, 2018

coloring.jpgSaturday, Feb. 17, 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 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.

Tool Donations Being Accepted
Posted by MPLadult on January 15, 2018

Tool_Library_Logos.pngStaff at the Minot Public Library, along with the AmeriCorps VISTAs are working hard to get our Tool Library open this winter, but we need YOUR help! Donations are still being sought so that we can fill the inventory. Please consider donating some of your gently used tools or even purchasing new tools for the Tool Library! You can view our wishlist here to see what type of tools we are still hoping to get.

Tools can be brought to the Library during regular business hours. If you'd like a staff member to meet you at the garage, please call 852-1045 when you arrive and someone will come help you.

Please note: once tools are available to check out, you will need to have had a library card for 90 days so make sure you have yours!

Apple Mania
Posted by MPLadult on January 1, 2018

apple.jpgCalling all TEENS!  January 15 is a day off school so come on down to MPL for a great game of Apples to Apples and caramel apple making! 


Minot's Common Heritage
Posted by MPLadult on December 8, 2017


Founded on the desire to document the community’s identity at a time when Minot is rapidly transforming, the MSU History Department received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to preserve local documents and memories. Professors Bethany Andreasen and Dan Ringrose will present information about this project on December 11th at 7:00 pm. This event is free to attend. Call (701) 858-3243 for more information.


Join MPL for the Annual Holiday Open House
Posted by MPLadult on December 1, 2017

IMG_0483.JPGThe Friends of the Minot Public Library invite you to join Library staff for our annual Holiday Open House Wednesday, December 13th starting at 3:30 pm. We will have cookies and cider and live music from Minot High Orchestra students.

Make plans to stop by the Library Wednesday the 13th as we thank you for all your support and share some holiday spirit for Christmas and the New Year!

One Day Book Sale
Posted by MPLadult on November 20, 2017


The Friends of the Library will be holding a one day book sale on 12/7/17 from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Staff and volunteers are working hard to get the best books out for your Christmas shopping needs! Stop by to get like-new fiction and nonfiction books along with unique titles for those on your Christmas list.

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

Recipe Exchange
Posted by MPLadult on November 19, 2017

recipe_exchange.jpgCome try out some delicious creations made from our favorite recipes. We'll have the recipes on hand for you to take if you'd like to try it at home. The program starts at 6:00 pm and will continue until the samples run out. While you're here, stop by the One Day Book Sale for some great gifts!

For more information call (701) 852-1045

Coffee Talk: Coffee Tasting & Documentary
Posted by MPLadult on October 1, 2017

coffee.jpgJoin Denise from Gourmet Chef at the Minot Public Library Thursday, October 12th at 7:00 pm for a trip through the world of coffee! She will have some coffee for you to enjoy as well as coffee-related gadgets sold at her store. Michelle, owner of the Daily Buzz, will also stop by and let us sample some white coffee. We will wrap up the event by showing a documentary about the history of coffee. Light snacks will also be served, but everything is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information please call 852-1045.