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Fall Book Sale
Posted by MPLadult on October 18, 2018

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

FREE WILL OFFERING - NO ASSIGNED PRICES! Pay what you can and take what you want, all donations are much appreciated.

Thursday, October 25th 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday, October 26th 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 27th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

**Friends of the Library members are also welcome to attend the special pre-sale on Wednesday the 24th 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...

Volunteers needed for an English conversation group
Posted by MPLadult on October 17, 2018

 313735448_afb31c9567_z.jpgWe are currently seeking volunteers to help host a new program of informal English conversation groups at the Minot Public Library aimed at helping English language learners improve their speaking skills.

We are looking for people who are friendly, outgoing, patient, and kind and who enjoy meeting people from diverse backgrounds. Volunteers must be fluent English speakers but no formal ESL training is required. We expect to have a daytime as well as an evening session.  Frequency will depend on your availability and the number of volunteers.  Refreshments and snacks will be served at each session.

This should be a great opportunity to make new friends and have a positive impact on the lives of others.  Please contact Adult Services Librarian Jessica Mason by phone at 701-420-4547 or email at, if you are interested.


Snakes at the Library!!!
Posted by MPLadult on October 16, 2018

Did you know certaiSnakes.jpgn snakes are now legal to keep as pets in Minot?  Come learn all about what it takes to care for a snake as a pet and even meet some snakes in person!  This event will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7pm in the library and all ages are welcome to attend.

Are you serious about writing?
Posted by MPLadult on October 15, 2018

typewriter2.pngJoin the PoP (Publish or Perish) writer’s group every 2nd and 4th Saturday in the Imagination Station of the Minot Public Library at 1:00 pm. This group is for writers over 18 who are interested in having their work published. Attendees should plan to bring a sample of their work for comments and suggestions and be willing to provide feedback to others!

Poetry Aloud
Posted by MPLadult on October 14, 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!

October 18th theme: Gothic Poetry or haunting poems

MPL Game Night
Posted by MPLadult on October 12, 2018

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 along 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.

WWI Centennial Community Event
Posted by MPLadult on October 12, 2018

WW1.jpgThe Minot Public Library is excited to partner with the North Dakota WWI Centennial Committee to host a community event on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:30 pm. This event is one of several across the state leading up to the anniversary of the armistice ending WWI, 100-years ago November 11. The program on October 17th will begin with a 10-minute video presentation with an overview of WWI followed by a 20-30-minute talk about WWI. MSU professor Joseph Jastrzembski will discuss how it began, how the US became involved, the effort on the home-front, North Dakota's participation and the impact WWI had on the world today. This free event will conclude with time for questions and discussion.

Color Me Happy Coloring Club
Posted by MPLadult on September 9, 2018

coloring.jpgSaturday, September 15, 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.

We're Hiring!!!
Posted by MPLadult on August 27, 2018

Do you love the library?  Are you dedicated to providing great customer service?  Come work with us!  We are currently hiring for a part-time library assistant at the main circulation desk of the Minot Public Library. 

Exotic Pet Parade
Posted by MPLadult on August 23, 2018

On September 27th 2018 from 4:00-5:00, we're holding the Exotic Pet Parade!

This program was very popular last year so we're bringing it back!  We’ll be learning about puppies, fish and snails, guinea pigs, different types of geckos, and getting to know the cutest of all, sugar gliders!


One Day Book Sale
Posted by MPLadult on August 12, 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.

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


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

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.