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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

Minot's Common Heritage
Posted by MPLadult on November 19, 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 November 19, 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!

Welcome RB Digital
Posted by MPLadult on November 18, 2017

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.

Minot Story Hour
Posted by MPLadult on November 10, 2017

The Friends of the Minot Public Library are excited to host the Minot Story Hour on Saturday, November 18th at 7:00 pm for an evening of stories, food and music!

The Minot Story Hour is a community storytelling event in which people from the Minot community share their real life stories in ten minutes or less. The theme for this first event of the 2017/2018 season “The Lies We Tell” and storytellers will share their personal histories related to this theme. These stories will be complicated and risky and touching and challenging. There will be a diverse cast of storytellers, all sharing from their real lives. This is a great opportunity for us to listen to each other and grow together as a community. And we guarantee you will laugh out loud at least once!

Tool Donations Being Accepted
Posted by MPLadult on November 8, 2017

Tool_Library_Logos.pngStaff at the Minot Public Library, along with the AmeriCorps VISTAs are working hard to get our Tool Library open this fall, 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.

Women Lead... Women Run
Posted by MPLadult on October 23, 2017

women_lead.jpgLess 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 local women leaders, including City Councilwoman Lisa Olson and Ward County Commissioner Shelly Weppler, at the Minot Public Library for an informative event Wednesday, November 8th at 7:00 pm. Meet other civically engaged women and find out how you can help improve our community by filling leadership roles.

Universal Class - Learn Something New!
Posted by MPLadult on October 19, 2017

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 

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.

Fall Book Sale
Posted by MPLadult on October 1, 2017

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

Thursday, Oct. 19th 12:00 - 9:00 PM

Friday, Oct. 20th 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday, Oct. 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!)

Friends of the Library members are also welcome to attend the special pre-sale on Wednesday the 18th 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.

Library CLOSED Wednesday 10/11
Posted by MPLadult on October 1, 2017

The Minot Public Library will be CLOSED Wednesday, 10/11 for Staff Training.

We WILL re-open at 9:00 am Thursday and appreciate your understanding!


Learn Genealogy
Posted by MPLadult on September 24, 2017

Wondering how to find an obituary for a relative who passed away? Or when you great grandparents came through Ellis Island? Or where your parents lived decades ago? Come to the MinotPicture1.png Public Library on September 28th at 7:00 pm to learn about the enormous variety of genealogy resources the Library has to offer, including, its Minot Daily News microfilm collection and Minot area city directories. This event is free and open to the public.

Posted by MPLadult on September 19, 2017

Facebook1b.pngTo celebrate Banned Books Week, 9/24/17 - 9/30/17, join Minot Public Library staff and several speakers and other local librarians as we talk about the freedom to read. "Freadom! Libraries and Banned Books" will be held Monday, September 25th at 7:00 pm in the lower level of the Minot Public Library. Speakers will share information on book banning in North Dakota and discuss their experiences with banned books. Moderated by the ND State Librarian, conversation will also touch on why books are challenged and the importance of intellectual freedom. All ages welcomed.

Color Me Happy Coloring Club
Posted by MPLadult on September 13, 2017

coloring.jpgSaturday, September 16, 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.

Exotic Pet Parade
Posted by MPLadult on September 6, 2017


On September 12th from 4:00-5:00, we're holding our very first Exotic Pet Parade! We’ll be learning about the nitrogen cycle that keeps an aquarium healthy, the proper care and feeding of different types of geckos, and getting to know the cutest of all, sugar gliders! 

Tech Talks: AARP Fraud Watch Network
Posted by MPLadult on September 5, 2017

SCAN00001.jpgEach year, Millions of Americans, including many North Dakotans, fall victim to fraudulent scams. This results in billions of dollars landing in the pockets of con artists. Scam artists are creating new ways to get people to open their wallets, whether it’s over the phone, through the mail, online, or at a front door.

Attend the Tech Talks: AAR
P Fraud Watch Network presentation at 6:30 PM on September 12th in the North Room of the Minot Public Library with speaker Cindy Yale to learn how to spot and avoid scams. You’ll get the information you need to avoid becoming a victim and learn about resources to help safeguard against identity theft and other scams. For more information contact Josh at (701) 852-1045 or All ages are welcome to attend.

Tech Ed at The Parker
Posted by MPLadult on September 1, 2017


Staff from the Minot Public Library will be visiting the Parker Senior Center from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, September 7th 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

Next Books 'n Brews Book Club Book
Posted by MPLadult on August 29, 2017

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

"The Monuments Men" is the story of a group of Allied soldiers in World War II tasked with guarding cultural treasures in war zones.

10 copies are available from a ND State Library book club kit (no library card required) in addition to the MPL's own print, audiobook, and downloadable editions.

The club itself will be held Thursday, September 7th at 7:00pm at the Tap Room, located on 23 Main St. S (down the street from Rick's Jewelry and Rooster's).

For more information, please call 701-852-1045. Hope to see you there!

History of Video Games
Posted by MPLadult on August 22, 2017

National Video Game Day is later in September, but why not celebrate it a little early at the library!  THIS Saturday, September 2nd at 1:00pm in the MPL's North Meeting Room, come hear speakers Jon-Paul Dyson, director of the World Video Game Hall of Fame, and Tristan Donovan, author of Replay: A History of Video Games and play on old and new systems from Rock 30 Games to see just how far gaming has come.  Pizza will be served and copies of Mr. Donovan’s book will also be available for purchase.  This event is free and for all ages.  Please call 852-1045 for more information.  Game on!  


Tool Library Tool Drive
Posted by MPLadult on August 14, 2017

The Minot Public Library is partnering with the Resilience AmeriCorps VISTAs to start North Dakota's first tool library! This lending library is a free service that will allow MPL members to borrow gardening, landscaping, and home improvement tools. Our goal is to promote self-sufficiency among Minot residents by providing them with the necessary tools to complete their projects.


We need your help to stock our inventory! Donate your tools in good working condition. Charitable donation receipts are available.

29th Annual Great Tomato Festival
Posted by MPLadult on August 4, 2017


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 9, 2017. 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, for the FIRST time, the 2017 Great Tomato Festival will feature a live auction with autographed items and vacations (shown above).  Tickets are available at the Library, online and at other locations. Call 852-1045 for more information!

Super Duper Reading Fun Day
Posted by MPLadult on August 3, 2017

Slogan_5.jpgJoin the Minot Public Library, the Ward County Public Library and the Minot Recreation Commission for the Super Duper Reading Fun Day on Thursday, August 10th from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at the South Hill Complex. There will be games, bounce  houses, food, and much, much more!  For more information the library at 838-0606.  Hope to see you there.

Children's Summer Reading Program
Posted by MPLadult on July 12, 2017

Slogan_5.jpgThe 2017 Summer Reading Program will kick off on Saturday, June 3rd starting at 10:00 at the Minot Municipal Auditiorium. It will be a day long cultural event with activities and fun for all.

Children can sign up for summer reading at the community fair or at the Library. When signing up, children will be given a card to keep track of the minutes they read each week. They will receive chances to win weekly prizes based on the number of minutes that are read. There will be a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer.

Dowload the complete Summer Reading Brochure here!

Teen Summer Reading
Posted by MPLadult on July 11, 2017

We have a new Teen Reading Challenge, writing contest and fun and free teen events!

Check us out!