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Poetry Aloud
Posted by MPLadult on June 16, 2018

Come 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!

June 21st theme: Poems about the Midwest or written by Midwest poets

Have you ever been to Norsk Hostfest and witnessed some of the vendors selling a board for a game called “Hneftafl”? It is a game similar to chess and checkers that uses an 11 by 11 grid shaped board and 37 pieces. The object of the game is to either capture the “king” piece, or to have your “king” escape the board. If you haven’t purchased a game board from Hostfest, it is likely that you don’t own your own board. Well, on June 23rd all ages are welcome to come to the library to build your own Hneftafl board (children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult)! For more information, and to reserve a spot, call Joshua at 852-1045 or email Board game supplies will be limited.betty_board_1.jpg

Prevent the “Summer Slide”
Posted by MPLadult on June 9, 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!

MPL Tool Library
Posted by MPLadult on June 8, 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 Tutors: One-on-One Computer Help for Adults
Posted by MPLadult on June 7, 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.

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.

Dorman Park: Minot's Long-forgotten Socialist Park
Posted by MPLadult on May 4, 2018

Dorman_Park_Poster.pngThe Friends of the Minot Public Library and the Ward County Historical Society host local history expert Susan Gessner on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00 pm.

Ms. Gessner will speak about Dorman Park. Dorman Park was once a hot spot for Minot recreation and was founded by local Socialist Dewey Dorman. Come learn more about this long-forgotten piece of Minot's history on May 8th.

This event is free and will include light snacks. Call (701) 852-1045 for more information.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!