Making a Difference

Making a Difference. That is what the Library does every day. We strive to meet the needs of our community through after school programs, adult learning and entertainment communities, books, videos, technology and space.

Code Club begins this month on January 27th from 5 to 6:30. We are hoping for 2 volunteers to help us get started. You do not need to know how to code or even how to use a computer to volunteer. We need cheer leaders. Can you offer encouragement? Connect with a learner as they are solving a problem? You can volunteer. Stop by the Library during regular hours so we can show you what we are up to.

Why a Code Club? Code Clubs make a difference in people’s lives, too. These are fun, collaborative gatherings where problem solving, critical thinking and logic are used to create and solve challenges with bots. Coding, like reading, is a basic skill.

Adults will keep their minds sharp and gain confidence while using technology, learn the science behind their devices and yes, have fun. Young folks will learn and practice valuable life skills such as persistence, step by step problem solving, computational skills and gain future ready skills for the current job market. No one is too old to gain from learning to code.

The beauty is that Prenda makes it simple. The web based program takes the coder step by step through learning challenges. We learn a concept and put it to use right away and then continue building throughout. Each participant will have their own log in and can access it on any computer wherever they are to continue as time and interest allows.

Join us for Code Club. Come by the Library for more information during regular hours or call for an appointment.

See you Monday, January 27 from 5-6:30.

I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.

Ray Bradbury

Wish List

We all dream little dreams. We wish with all our might. We plan for what comes next. And, we need things to make all of that happen.

So, here is a little Wish List of items the Library could use as we move through the month this last quarter.  Please call if you have any questions.

We LOVE Supporters, Donors and Friends. Thank you.

  • Play dough
  • Golf Clubs -mini, or cast offs
  • Paints/Canvas
  • Supplies for arts and crafts
  • Kitchenette
  • Children’s area seating/rugs
  • Silent Auction items
  • Glow in the Dark anything


What is your Library E?

     Each patron at the Library can choose their own E. The LEGO Builders today chose their E.  They were Engaged in learning from the two warm up activities: the timed build challenge and the mystery build. They Educated themselves and each other as they built and told stories regarding their builds. Our groups this month have been small, 5-6 Builders, but it has been FUN. We are excited to continue LEGO Builders Wednesday, October 2.
     Empowerment, another Library E, expressed itself in the Caramel Apple making portion of the day. Student patrons gathered to make caramel. It was part experimentation and part following directions. We were fortunate to have an experienced caramel apple maker to help us get through the experience. We laughed, ate a little toffee and did end up with caramel dipped apples. Thank you!
      The next two Library E’s are Employment and Entrepreneurship . Temporary workers, independent contractors and job seekers use the library. The number of temporary workers who are present in our community at any given time may be greater than we think. This time of year custom combiners, roofers, bee keepers, and nursing staff, to name a few, travel to work in this community. They often require copy services, wifi, and local information.
      Libraries are vital to community growth and no longer have only one specific function. There is more than shelves filled with books at your local library. Contemporary library experiences are vastly different from what some may remember from earlier days. Think about how you can or do use the Library. What’s Your E? ™
What’s Next:
  •  Story Time for the Littles 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept 20- Bubbles, Bubbles
  •  Stitching with heART, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, Sept 20- Fabric Dying
  •  Mott Public Library Board meets on Monday, September 23rd at 6:45
  •  Free 2 Hour Writer’s Workshop Friday, October 11 from 4-6 p.m. with Taylor Brorby brought by Humanities ND, Bismarck State College and ND Council on the Arts
  • Mott Library Friends meet to organize and plan to support the Mott Public Library.
          Thank you for all you do- donate time, money, supplies, books and materials which makes this Library a great place to be and learn.
“The E’s of Libraries®”, American Library Association, September 19, 2018. (Accessed September 20, 2019)Document ID: c4773c0c-fbb9-fba4-39b8-52ab418b5065