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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.

Learn Genealogy
Posted by MPLadult on September 18, 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.

Welcome RB Digital
Posted by MPLadult on September 17, 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 .


Universal Class - Learn Something New!
Posted by MPLadult on September 17, 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 

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.

One Day Book Sale
Posted by MPLadult on August 1, 2017

FriendsLogo_Small.pngFind great "Back to School" deals and support the Friends of the Minot Public Library. The Friends will be holding a ONE DAY book sale on Thursday, August 17th from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm! There are lots of juvenile chapter books, fiction and nonfiction books as well as DVDs. Plus, from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm everything you can fit into a paper bag is only $3 per bag.

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

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!


Adult Summer Reading Program
Posted by MPLadult on July 10, 2017

The 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program begins on Saturday, June 3rd and runs through Friday, August 11th. We are switching it up this year and instead of merely tracking pages read, we are doing library bingo! Please visit the library or this link (Adult Summer Reading Documents) to obtain the rules, bingo board, and contract. Good luck!

Keeping Yourself Safe
Posted by MPLadult on June 30, 2017

Self_Protection.2.jpgBuilding safe communities is essential to building a better world and the Minot Public Library wants to help you keep yourself safe. On Tuesday, July 11th at 6:00 pm, the Minot Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit will present “Self Protection Awareness.” This seminar is an informal and interactive presentation designed to share information on how to better avoid becoming a victim of several different kinds of crimes. Also presented is information on how to respond if actually confronted with criminal victimization.

This program is open for all ages and light refreshments will be available. Please call the Library at 852-1045 for more information.

Scheels at the Library - Destination Hunting
Posted by MPLadult on June 2, 2017

On Thursday, June 15 at 7:00pm at the Minot Public Library, local bowhunters Jeff Jacob and Roger Coleman will tell their stories of traveling across oceans and continents to bag their biggest game.  Join them and representatives from Scheels for a special presentation and discover how two Minot men realized their passions abroad.  Please call the library at 852-1045 or Scheels at 852-1010 for more information.  All ages welcome.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Their Story
Posted by MPLadult on June 2, 2017

On Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00pm at the Minot Public Library, come hear members of the local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous as they tell some of their personal stories as well as talk about the good work the organization does.  Please contact the library at 701-852-1045 with any questions.

Minot Public Library Hours of Operation
Posted by MPLadult on June 1, 2017

hours.jpgThe Minot Public Library is open the following days and times:

Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

**The library will be CLOSED every Sunday from now through September 3rd.  We will reopen on Sundays starting September 10th.**

Build a Better World Community Fair
Posted by MPLadult on May 30, 2017

Teen_COLOR_spot4.jpgJoin us on Saturday, June 3rd starting at 10:00 am at the Minot Municipal Auditorium for the “Build a Better World” Community Fair. The “Build a Better World” Community Fair is the perfect opportunity for you to see how people are helping build a better Minot. This event is completely FREE for those attending and will be a family-friendly event featuring different cultures, organizations and services that help create a strong community. There will be live music and hands-on fun for children of all ages as the Minot Public Library and Ward County Public Library kick off our Summer Reading Program.

Click here to see our promotional video and learn more about the Summer Reading Program!

Make Your Own Stained Glass
Posted by MPLadult on May 24, 2017

This Thursday at 7:00pm in the Minot Public Library's North Meeting Room, join Adult Services Librarian Brendan Chella to learn how to make your own stained glass.  Craft materials are free and the event is for all ages.  Call 701-852-1045 for more information.   


eMagazines Ready for Check-out!
Posted by MPLadult on May 9, 2017


The Minot Public Library brings you FREE downloadable magazines from Zinio! Click on Zinio-eMagazines on the left side of our website to create your Zinio account and start reading magazines on your computer and/or tablet! 

Zinio features full-color, digital editions for instant desktop reading, mobile streaming, and mobile-app download. Patrons are able to select both new and back issues, adding them to personal reading libraries with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits to the number of magazines checked out and downloaded. And with personal notifications for your favorite magazines, you never miss an issue!


Learn How to Use Our Digital Resources
Posted by MPLadult on May 7, 2017

The library now has printable instruction sheets available on our website for some of our digital resources. These include Pronunciator (our language learning database) and our 2 most popular downloadable book services: Library2Go/Overdrive and OneClickDigital. You can find them in the "eBook/eAudiobook/Database Instructions" section in "Technology Education."  If you still need assistantce, please signup for a Tech Tutor session and one of our wonderful staff will help you out.