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Summer Learning 2021

Posted by MPLadult on June 30, 2021


It is summer time, which means fun in the sun! It also means that the Minot Public Library will once again be hosting our Summer Learning Program. This year’s theme is “Tails & Tales.”

Why is summer reading so important? MPL hosts Summer Learning programs for many reasons, but primarily because it matters. It matters because children and teens who don’t read during the summer lose 2-3 months’ worth of reading and math skills over the summer months. Kids who lose knowledge over the summer will have a much harder time getting “caught back up” in school and by the time they are, summer may be just around the corner again.  Summer Learning matters because a trip down the “Summer Slide” is no fun for anyone, the kid, the teachers, the parents, or our whole community.

“School has been different and difficult for all ages this year, and we don’t want our children to lose the knowledge they have learned. With Beanstack, families can sign up, log books, and earn prizes over the summer,” says Pam Carswell, Teen Librarian.  While Beanstack will help track reading, the Library will host programs for all ages.

MPL will have story times Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for younger kids; as well as camps for school-aged kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Mondays there will be movie matinees for families, and “Sleepy Stories” will be available from anywhere on Fridays at 7:00 pm on Facebook. Check out the Library’s website or Facebook page for more details.

In 2021 the community will also be integrated into the children’s Summer Learning program. Children will earn $.10 for each book they read (up to 10 books) to put toward a local charity. Charities include the Souris Valley Animal Shelter, the Souris Valley United Way - Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the Lord’s Cupboard. “These are organizations we hope will resonate with children,” says Library Director, Janet Anderson. A new program being featured this summer is called Kindness Knights. This program will take place at a different spot every month; kids will learn to help the community by picking up trash, making cards for residents at assisted living centers, and much more. Kindness Knights will be at 4:00 pm on the second Saturday of the month.

Summer reading (and Beanstack) is not just for kids though; the Minot Public Library has plenty of challenges for adults and teens this summer. Teens who read 3 books can choose a halfway prize and those who read 5 will receive a $10 gift card to a local bookstore. Teens are also invited to participate in the “Tails & Tales” writing contest for additional prizes. Carswell added that “While Beanstack will be tracking your teen’s reading from anywhere, we are preparing lots of programs as well.” Programs include an Escape Room, 3D printing projects, crafts, and more!

“Summer reading offers a lot for kids, but adults benefit too,” said Adult Services Librarian Zhaina Moya. “Some of the many benefits adults gain from reading include: an increased ability to focus, reduced stress, and an increase in cultural competency.” Moya said adults who read and log their books will be entered into a drawing for some great gift cards for each book they log (up to 10). Adults who log 5 books will get a handy notebook and will also receive some fun stickers. She said the Library will also be hosting its popular virtual Bingo along with That’s Craftastic, Books ‘n Brew Book Club, Adulting 101 and other programs for adults.

The Summer Learning program kicks off on June 1st at the Minot Public Library from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Max Patzner, local author, musician, and artist, will be doing a book reading and singing songs from “Wild & the Animal Band.” Community partners will also be at the Library to share what their groups are up to this summer.

The 2021 Minot Public Library Summer Learning Program is made possible thanks to grants from the ND State Library and Dollar General. Additional funding for programs and prizes was provided by the Friends of the Minot Public Library, Advanced Business Methods, Ameriprise, Scheels, Gate City Bank, JLG Architects, SRT, and many other businesses.

If you do not have access to the Beanstack app or a computer, paper logs are available for teens at the Library. Children and adults are also welcome to keep a paper log of the titles they have read if they do not have access. Visit or download the Beanstack app to sign up today! Call the Minot Public Library at (701) 852-1045 or visit for more information.

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