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As summer has officially begun, the days are speeding up for many people and the Minot Public Library wants to help everyone make the most of what’s left.

“MPL has so much to do to help people enjoy the summer, but most of all we hope people will use some of our unique collections,” said Zhaina Moya, adult services librarian.

Moya said one of the coolest new collections the library has to offer is the Adventure Packs. They are backpacks filled with various items that people can use for different hobbies. Teenage librarian Pam Carswell helped create this collection and said the goal was to encourage people to explore new hobbies. “We started small with just five of these adventure packs. So far they have been very popular, and we hope we can add more,” said Carwell.

MPL offers the following Adventure Packs to library cardholders who have had their card for 90 days: Birdwatching, Hiking, Rock Collecting, Stargazing, and Fly Fishing. Carswell said the packs included everything from binoculars and a telescope to hiking poles and a stone tumbler. “Customers can also check out North Dakota State Park Passes, which allow them free entry to state parks,” she says. “We hope our customers can use these adventure packs while exploring some of our amazing state parks!”

While many North Dakotans spend summer weekends camping or relaxing by the lake, summer is also a time for lots of outdoor work, and library card holders can use the MPL tool library for these tasks. “The goal of the Tool Library is to allow community members to perform their own repairs or learn new skills without having to purchase expensive equipment,” Moya explained.

“In the spring and summer, our most popular tools continue to be lawn care items such as our pole saw, weeder, edger, hedge trimmer and tiller,” Moya said. In addition to these items, the tool library includes everything from hammers and drills to miter saws and an air compressor, as well as tools for gardening. Moya said anyone wanting to check out the tools must have had their library card for 90 days before checking them out, and she reminds borrowers that fines will accrue on tools returned late.

In addition to the many non-book items people can physically borrow from the Minot Public Library, Moya wants people to know about the variety of digital items available with a Minot Public Library card. “We know that many people read or listen to books on their smartphone or tablet,” she says. “For those people, I want them to know that the Libby and Hoopla apps are available to them for free and will allow readers to download titles for free.” Moya explained that thousands of ebook and audiobook titles are free through Libby and Hoopla with an MPL library card. “However, even these apps have more than books – people can stream music, movies and TV shows to their device.”

Finally, the free programs offered at the Minot Public Library are a great escape for those who want to stay closer to home this summer. In addition to the many weekly programs for children, MPL offers unique programs for teens and adults to complement their recurring monthly programs like crafts and games.

On Saturday July 16, the Library will host its second “Dungeons & Dragons: The Infinite Library” program. Moya started this program to help introduce the popular tabletop role-playing game to new players and allow current players to meet new people. Adults and teens sixteen and older are invited to join in a game of Dungeons & Dragons beginning at 12 p.m. on the 16th. Moya said “If a person is eager to join us but doesn’t know how to play, that’s not a problem. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their previous experience with the game.”

Later that week, on Wednesday the 20th at 6:30 p.m., Carswell hosts a show called “Kimbap Adventures.” “Kimbap is similar to sushi, and attendees will learn how to make these delicious rice rolls and learn about Korean cuisine,” she explained. As a teen librarian, Carswell planned this free program for teens (12 and up), but also encouraged adults to attend. Participants must register for this program by calling the library at 852-1045 as space and supplies are limited.

MPL wraps up its unique July lineup with “Snakes at the Library” Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. The library has hosted youth programs with snakes in the past and they have always been popular, Moya said. However, she wanted to provide adults with the opportunity to meet snakes and learn more about them and how to care for them. “Anyone 14 and over is welcome to come and meet our guest speaker who will bring their ball pythons,” she says. When asked if they were excited to participate in this program, Carswell and Moya said they would pass the opportunity on to other staff members as they recognized “Snakes are not for everyone! »

While snakes may not be the thing that draws everyone to the Minot Public Library, the staff is sure there’s bound to be something else MPL has to offer to help everyone pull the trigger. best of summer. Anyone requiring a library card must bring photo ID with their current address (or ID and proof of address, if ID is not current) at the library at 516 2nd Ave. SW. Patrons can reserve tools and adventure kits (as well as all other library materials) online at or by phone at 852-1045. People should also follow Minot Public Library on Facebook and Instagram for more information about events and services.

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