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The Library is OPEN
Posted by MPLadult on June 4, 2020

The Minot Public Library will be reopening Monday, June 8th with limited hours and services. The Library will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, and from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturdays. The first hour of each day will be reserved for at-risk patrons. Patrons under the age of 16 are welcome from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The following changes have been made:

  • Seating areas have been removed
  • 2 Public computers will be available by appointment only. Appointments can be made in person or by calling (701) 852-1045
  • Curbside pick up will be available Thursdays from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • The Tool Library is available for curbside pick-up only
  • Makerspace items, newspapers and microfilm will not be available at this time
  • All MPL in-person programs are temporarily on hold
  • Meeting and study rooms are closed
  • Interlibrary loan services will be available on a case-by-case basis
  • All items should be returned in the outdoor book drop or the temporary book drop in the lobby
  • Returned items will be quarantined for at least 24 hours before being chekced in

Imagine Your Story 2020
Posted by MPLadult on May 25, 2020

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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!


COVID-19 Resources
Posted by MPLadult on May 24, 2020

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.


Closed Until Further Notice
Posted by MPLadult on May 20, 2020

ATTENTION2.pngClick here to apply for a digital use library card and find out about what can use your new card for here.

 

NEW: If you need help deciding what your next great read will be, simply fill out *this form* and our librarians will be happy to send you some recommendations! If you would like help choosing your child's next book, this form will be of help. 


Resources to Use Anywhere
Posted by MPLadult on May 19, 2020

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!


Game Night @ Your House
Posted by MPLadult on May 1, 2020

Game Night Is Back!

So maybe we can't get together at the library this coming Wednesday May 20th, but that doesn't mean that MPL Game Night is Cancelled.Online_Game_Night.png

We will be playing a game together thanks to Game Designer Jamey Stegmaier at Stegmaier Games. He created a game called Rolling Realms, which is a Roll and Write game that can be played online with an unlimited number of people. The game should be easy enough for anyone 8 years old and older to pickup.

All you need to do is to print out one copy of Rolling Realms Version 10 at this link: http://www.minotlibrary.org/…/8…/3827/Rolling_Realms_v10.pdf, and join us at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87476140450 on Wednesday May 20th. If you do not have a printer you may pick up a copy from a tote that will be located near the drop box in the parking lot of the library, or stop by our curbside pickup on Wednesday May 20th.

Invite your friends and let's have our biggest game night ever when game night comes to your house on the 20th of May at 6:00 PM!


LIBRARY CLOSED
Posted by MPLadult on April 1, 2020

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NEW!! Register for a library card number here or call us at 852-1045!


The Minot Public Library has made the difficult decision to close until further norice. Staff will re-examine the situation weekly and announce each Friday what the status will be for the following week.

Need a book, magazine, video or audiobook? Check out Library2Go or RBdigital on our website.

 Other resources:

Ancestry (NEW - Access from anywhere with username 23125001122348 and password minot)
eBooks/eAudiobooks/Streaming movies
Digital Magazines/Comics/eBooks/eAudiobooks
Animated Books
Learn a Foreign Language
Get crafty
Take a class
Cook recipes from around the world
Learn to repair your vehicle
Research your next big purchase
Infobase Distance Learning Resources (NEW!):
American History
Modern World History
African-American History
American Indian History
Ancient and Medieval History
Science Online
World Geography and Culture Online
Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
Health Reference Center
Bloom's Literature
Writer's Reference Center
World News Digest
Issues & Controversies
Today's Science
The World Almanac for Kids
World Religions
Chelsea House Biographies Online
Access Video On Demand: Just for Kids
The World Almanac for Kids Elementary
The Mailbox School & District Edition

 


Disaster Planning and Community Resiliency
Posted by MPLadult on March 19, 2020

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.

Detailed Statistics for North Dakota (NEW!)

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

US Department of Health and Human Services

ND Department of Health

First District Health Unit (ND)

National Library of Medicine

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

National Institute of Health

OSHA

A comprehensive consumer health resource that provides authoritative information on a full range of health-related issues (NEW!)

NewsGuard Coronavirus **Misinformation** Tracking Center

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


Stuck At Home?
Posted by MPLadult on March 15, 2020

Looking for something to do while at home? Check out these amazing FREE online resources!!

Minot Public Library

(you'll need a library card # for these - get one here)

Ancestry (NEW - Access from anywhere with username 23125001122348 and password minot)

Get unbiased, independent investment research (NEW! Now available outside the Library)

eBooks/eAudiobooks/Streaming movies

Digital Magazines/Comics/eBooks/eAudiobooks

Animated Books

Learn a Foreign Language

Get crafty

Take a class

Cook recipes from around the world

Learn to repair your vehicle

Research your next big purchase

Infobase Distance Learning Resources (NEW!):

Username: minotpl    Password:digital

American History

Modern World History
African-American History
American Indian History
Ancient and Medieval History
Science Online
World Geography and Culture Online
Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
Health Reference Center
Bloom's Literature
Writer's Reference Center
World News Digest
Issues & Controversies
Today's Science
The World Almanac for Kids
World Religions
Chelsea House Biographies Online
Access Video On Demand: Just for Kids
The World Almanac for Kids Elementary
The Mailbox School & District Edition

For ALL Ages

Identify the plants and animals around you with a community of scientists and naturalists and also share your observations to create research quality data for scientists (NEW!)

Take a Virtual Museum Tour

Stream Opera from the Met

Kennedy Center Digital Stage

Track Online Concerts & More

Browse Awesome Library Collections Online

Tour Famous Homes

Let's talk dinosaurs with the paleontology division of the North Dakota Geological Survey

Virtual Marine Biology Camp

San Diego Zoo amazing videos, activities, and games

Tour Yellowstone National Park


Mango Languages is Here!
Posted by MPLadult on March 14, 2020

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.


Get Your Craft On!
Posted by MPLadult on March 13, 2020

CB_EmailBanner_600x600_Art.jpgMPL is excited to introduce another digital resource, Creativebug! With Creativebug, all MPL cardholders will have access to over 1000 art and craft classes. This resource is great for beginner and advanced crafters alike. Learn to knit, crotchet, sew, bake, and so much more! Find the link to this digital resource here, or under our digital resource tab. Happy crafting!


Universal Class - Learn Something New!
Posted by MPLadult on March 13, 2020

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 josh.pikka@minotnd.org. 


Are you serious about writing?
Posted by MPLadult on March 12, 2020

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NEW TIME - ONCE A MONTH ONLY!

Join the PoP writer’s workshop the 2nd Saturday of each month in the Imagination Station of the Minot Public Library at 3:00 pm. PoP is designed to help writers of all levels accomplish their unique writing goals. This group is for writers over 18 who are interested in improving their writing. Attendees should plan to bring a sample of their work for comments and suggestions and be willing to provide feedback to others!


MPL Tool Library
Posted by MPLadult on March 11, 2020

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.


Tech Tutors: One-on-One Computer Help for Adults
Posted by MPLadult on March 11, 2020

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.


MPL Game Night
Posted by MPLadult on March 6, 2020

Game_Night_Insta.jpgCome to the library to play a board or card game with others. Feel free to bring your favorite game or play one of ours. Whether you like to play Chess or Hungry, Hungry Hippos, come out and share your love of games with others. All ages are welcome to attend. Children 8 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Feel free to come alone or bring your regular game night crew! This event will be held every third Wednesday of the month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Don't forget to check out our Board Game collection that's full of games you can take home!


Color Me Happy Coloring Club
Posted by MPLadult on March 5, 2020

coloring.jpgThe "Color Me Happy" Coloring Club continues in 2020 - join us Saturday, March 21st!


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.


Spring Book Sale
Posted by MPLadult on March 4, 2020

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

Thursday, March 26th 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday, March 27th 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 28th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Friends of the Minot Public Library are hosting their spring book sale! 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: biographies, fiction, DVDs, CDs, magazines, children’s books and more. For more information call the Minot Public Library at (701) 852-1045.

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.


Next Books 'n Brews Book Club Book
Posted by MPLadult on March 1, 2020

The next Books 'n Brews title is now available at the MPL!

The next Books & Brew meeting will be March 5th, 2020. The book we are reading this month is I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. Multiple copies of the book are available through the library.

A casual book discussion will be held Thursday, March 5th at our new location: Off the Vine, located at 15 Main Street S.

For more information, please call 701-852-1045. We hope to see you there!
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Author Series
Posted by MPLadult on March 1, 2020

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Join us on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:30 pm! The Minot Public Library is excited to host local author, Hunter Andes, as he talks about his newly published book The Elders: Stories from Fort Berthold. Andes' book features stories from four elders living in what is now considered Elbowoods and Nishu, North Dakota.The author will be signing copies of his book and will have copies for sale. If you're a local history buff or have a connection to the reservation, this should be a fascinating evening! Light refreshments will be offered.


Escape From Filch's Office 2
Posted by MPLadult on February 28, 2020

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Is the weather dreary? Check! Are the fun holidays over, but spring has yet to arrive? Check! That means it’s time for MPL’s Escape From Filch’s Office 2! Back for a new adventure just in time to add FREE FAMILY FUN to the last weekend in February! Book your 30 minute time slot on February 28th, 29th or March 1st by calling 852-1045. You may have up to 6 people in your party, kids over 5 are welcome! Register early as time slots are sure to book up!                                 Sorry, no walk-ins.


Women Lead... Women Run
Posted by MPLadult on February 24, 2020

women_lead.jpgND needs more women leaders and we want to help! Join us at the Minot Public Library for an informative event Saturday, February 29th at 1:00 pm. Meet other civically engaged women and find out how you can help improve our community by filling leadership roles. 

Whether you are considering running for an elected position, want to learn more about running OR just want to find out how to help other women run you should make plans to stop by Saturday the 29th at 1:00 pm!


Arts in the Library
Posted by MPLadult on February 22, 2020

Veeder-1100x616.jpgThe Minot Public Library is partnering with the Minot Area Council of the Arts to bring you Arts in the Library! Come see live music in the Library on the first Sunday of the month at 6:00 pm, every month from October to April. These concerts will feature a wide variety of music in a fun setting and all concerts are free and family-friendly. Refreshments will be available to purchase with proceeds going to MACA and the Friends of the Minot Public Library.

The March concert will feature Watford City's Jessie Veeder and her mix of americana, country and folk music. March's visual artist is Ben Wilson who will be showing off his pottery so make sure to stop by and enjoy a great evening!


We're Hiring
Posted by MPLadult on February 1, 2020

JobOpenings.pngDo you love the library? Are you dedicated to providing great customer service? Come work with us! We are currently hiring for a full-time Library Associate II in the Children's Library of the Minot Public Library. 

More details and an application are available here or just stop in and see us. The position will remain open until 2/29/2020 or until filled.


MPL Cinema Series
Posted by MPLadult on January 2, 2020

The Minot Public Library continues our Cinema Series at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 16th. Grab your favorite cinephile friends, and come wathc the powerful film Selma. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMBD) this film is a "chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965." -IMBD free quality entertainment.

Popcorn and drinks included!

Please remember that these programs are intended for adults and films may contain mature themes.