“Summer fun, something’s begun…”

Happenings at the Mott Public Library.

Donations are managed daily. Patrons are enjoying the selection of new books and because of CREW, rediscovered treasures. Programming for children, teens and adults. Planning for fundraisers and the Summer Reading Program. Prep for the Highway 21 Sale. I will break it down for you so that you will have the full scoop.

Mott Public Library Board Meeting–Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Mott Public Library at 7 p.m.


Accepted and Processed daily- It takes about 10 minutes to process each selected book/media and 10 minutes to process each deselected book/media. There is a lot of room for volunteerism here. Donations of media such as magazines also take time and space and are GREATLY appreciated.


Continuous Review Evaluation Weeding. This method, quoted from the guide, “saves space and time and makes the collection more appealing.”  This has taken hours and days of time. I am still not done. I haven’t touched each book yet. I am down to about 10 more shelves and will have touched and evaluated each book in the Library Collection. This is a continuous project and I will be careful to curate the collection which suits the patrons of the Mott Public Library and the Community.

Assisting Patrons:

Patrons come in sometimes knowing what they are looking for or sometimes hoping for something new. I am learning the authors/genres to assist as best I can. I love memoir, horror and mystery, so there is a lot for me to learn. I have used Goodreads to help on a number of occasions. Chatting with Patrons and learning from them and about them is a joy. I get key insights regarding the books they are interested in so that I can better curate the Library collection. Patrons of all ages have opinions about books and it is my job to provide access to everyone.

Library Funding:

I found out how the Library is funded. A total of 7400. is allocated to the Library from property taxes. Most of this covers the Librarian’s Salary for 18 hours per week 52 weeks per year (936 hours). The City of Mott provides fantastic in kind support; the building, electricity, phone line, building maintenance and other essential services. The North Dakota State Library provides internet services and support, and State Aid which is around 1000.00 per year. This money, plus any monies received through grants I write for or fundraisers I organize pays for programming (incentives, prizes, displays), postage, software, new computers, printers, ink, books (children and adult fiction/nonfiction, children’s, teen, adult), periodicals, ebooks, kindles, etc, etc. I know I am forgetting some things, but I think you get the picture. I have a number of fundraisers to help meet the needs of the Mott Public Library.


This year the Fundraisers will include Reach for the Stars Reading Incentive Program which will pal up  with the Summer Reading Program. The goal is to get quality books into children’s hands and earn a little money for the Mott Public Library. This fundraiser will put 75% of the money pledged into children’s hands for choosing books they want to read. 25% of the funds will go to the Mott Public Library for replacing the many outdated and damaged books from the Library Collection.

The Second Fundraiser is the Highway 21 Sale. Deselected books have not be sent to the dump or garbage. I admit that some mass market paperbacks and dated magazines have found new lives as papier mache’ products, but many are stored in boxes in my large garage. They will be on tables for others to purchase at the Hwy 21 sale. After that, they will go to Better World Books which redistributes, recycles and resells books. There is the chance too, that if BWB is able to sell the books online that the Mott Public Library would receive a portion of the profits. Hooray. A win-win.

The Third Fundraiser will be the Theo Art School coming to Mott for the FIRST TIME EVER!!. There will be 3 opportunities to participate. Please see flyers. The Date is June 20 and the times are 9:30-11:30, 1:30-3:30 and 5:30-7:30. Each will be a special event. Take advantage of this opportunity and enjoy the art. This will also be a part of the Summer Reading Program for June. Art and Heroes.

There is a fourth fundraiser under way. Lynn Jorda is leading the pack and ”cooking up” something tasty. I cannot wait to see. She is also organizing the Silent Auction which will be a part of the ART SATURDAY with Theo Art School. You should just SEE what she has for donations now. Wow. Thanks, Lynn, a definite Friend of the Library.

S.T.E.A.M.  Story Time and S.T.E.A.M. After School:

These two programs are near and dear to my heart. I LOVE science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. I truly believe that they can be learned in many ways. These activities and stories provide fun and no charge activities for children during out of school hours. Story time is set up to meet the needs of preschoolers and after school is geared toward early elementary and middle grades. I am working on programming for teens.


Unpredictably Fun Occurrences are for adults with a little time to learn a new skill or leisure time activity. We share crafts and projects and just have a good time enjoying each other’s company. Anyone may attend. Anyone may lead.

Book Clubs:

The North Dakota State Library offers Book Kits and Activity Kits. I like to use these often to supplement activities and get in newer books, hopefully before the movie comes out.  These are great books and a bunch of us can get together and read them and discuss insights.

Writing Groups:

I am working to get together a few writing groups. This in the prenatal stages. Please contact me if you are interested.

Library Outreach: 

Connecting with other Libraries, child care programs, schools, nursing homes, clubs and organizations.to promote literacy and library use are priorities.

Learning my job.

It has taken me a lot of time to learn my job. There is still so much to learn. The North Dakota State Library offers N.D. Libraries many no charge services. They include, free ebooks, free music, free access to Ancestry Library, return postage only Inter Library Loan, TutorND, and more that I will have to make a flyer for. 😀

I am open to suggestions, recommendations, volunteers. Check us out. Swing by and visit.

Your Librarian,

Carol Kunnerup