April 3-9, 2022 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Connect with Your Library,” which demonstrates how libraries are places to get connected to technology, programs, ideas, books, media, and much more. Most importantly, libraries also connect communities.
At the Minot Public Library (MPL), we encourage all Minot community members to visit their library in person or online to discover services and programs. MPL offers a wide array of programs, classes, and resources that are available in person or from the comfort of home. This includes ND State Park Passes, gardening tools, craft programs for all ages, eBooks, online language classes, and more.
By expanding resources and embracing inclusion in their programming, resources, and collections libraries of all types continue to go above and beyond to keep their communities connected. MPL, like libraries across the country, are improving people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources for homework help, Wi-Fi access for students and workers who may lack internet access at home, and homebound delivery among other services. MPL supports the community with services like Universal Class (which has access to over 500 online courses) as well as the ability to check out Chromebooks, Wi-Fi hotspots, and graphing calculators.
During National Library Week, MPL is specifically celebrating our staff and patrons. It’s been a difficult couple of years, and we are using this week to make sure people know all that their local library has to offer, but also to have fun. This week we will be giving away gifts, hosting contests, sharing stories, playing games, attending a Grandparent’s Tea, and solving murders. Our staff are planning a Spirit Week with different dress-up days and we encourage visitors to dress up to win prizes. People shouldn’t be surprised if they come in this week and see our staff in pajamas or prom dresses, instead they should join us!
The Hidden Treasures Book Sale room will be open periodically throughout the week and visitors will find some great items to take home. No prices are set for any of the items, but a donation box will be available.
This National Library Week, you can show your appreciation and support for libraries by visiting MPL in person or online and following us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. For more information, call (701) 852-1045, or follow us on social media