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As Ward County has moved to the “Moderate Risk” level for COVID-19 Smart Restart health metrics, the Minot Public Library is excited to announce an increase in hours. Starting Jan. 18, the Library will be open to the public Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Prior to the Library reopening in June, staff and the Library Board developed a phased reopening plan based on the state’s risk levels,” Library Director Janet Anderson said.
Anderson and staff re-evaluated this plan following the governor’s recent changes, which went into effect Jan. 8.
“MPL staff has been diligent about cleaning and allowing for social distancing and patrons have been very cooperative about wearing face coverings, so we felt it safe to increase our hours,” she said.
While the building will be open more, other restrictions are still in place and some popular new services will continue.
“Our curbside pick-up has been very popular and convenient for our patrons who aren’t able to come into the building, and this will continue to be offered with slightly different hours,” said Adult Services Librarian Zhaina Moya.
Moya said that starting Jan. 18 curbside pick-up will be available from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Patrons are asked to reserve their items online, through the Librista app, or over the phone the day prior to picking up.
Though in-person programming is still not planned, the Library has virtual programs for all ages including story times at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, STEAM activities on Tuesdays, teen activities on Thursdays, and adult crafts the second Wednesday of the month.
“We’ve had great participation with our virtual programming, especially the Take & Make crafts for all ages, so these will continue,” said Children’s Librarian Randi Monley.
Details for these events can be found on the MPL calendar at www.minotlibrary.org and by joining live events on the Minot Public Library Facebook page. Supplies for these are available for free to anyone interested, though registration is required for teen and adult programs.
“It is our goal to keep our community engaged despite the challenges we face,” Anderson said. “We want people to continue using the library even if that means downloading an eBook, taking a virtual class, checking out a laptop, or picking up movies and board games curbside.”
Masks or other face coverings are still required to be correctly worn while in the building and staff is available to assist patrons over the phone Monday through Saturday. Please call the Library at (701) 852-1045 for more information.