What would be lost if STEAM learning communities disappeared from the Library?

Someone said “You can find STEAM activities anywhere.”

Can you?

Look around your community. Where do you find STEAM learning communities for children through adults which provide hands on, experiential learning, and fun, in a safe and comfortable environment? Your local Library.

Mott Public Library provides a warm and inviting atmosphere to explore all STEAM learning components with a variety of mediums . We have science experiments and experiences, technology from the microwave to the circuit board, engineering with tooth picks and marshmallows (?) (yes, we build bridges and buildings), Arts with clay, paint, paper, inks, theater and literature, and Math which is a basic part of each of the aforementioned components.

GIVE TODAY to keep STEAM learning in your community for the rest of 2017. We need your donations to keep the learning coming. You are the reason these programs lead to deeper learning, a sense of community and yes, fun for all ages. STEAM communities serve Adults, Teens, Students and Preschoolers.

Mail your check to Mott Public Library 202 E. 3rd St.  Mott, ND 58646 or call the Library at 701-824-2163 and we will send a self addressed envelope for your convenience.

October 2017- Quarterly Board Meeting

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This is a regularly scheduled Quarterly Meeting.

October 11, 2017  Wednesday 7 pm at the Library

2018 Budget is on the agenda

Librarian Continuing education- Conferences, Resourcemate, Webinars

Children’s Programming- STEAM x 2 weekly, with special events and Summer Reading

Teen Programming- STEAM x 1 weekly with 2 special events and Summer Reading

Adult Programs- Build a Community of Informal Science Learning, Book Clubs and Summer Reading

Operations, Books, Community Building


Business Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.


Monthly Board Meeting

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We will be taking care of the business end of the Library tomorrow, on Wednesday, September 27 at 5:30 pm.

This is a regularly scheduled meeting to pay Library bills on the last Wednesday of each month unless otherwise noted.

The Quarterly Board Meeting will be on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 pm at the Library.

Board Meetings update

The Board of the Mott Public Library meets each month on the last Wednesday to pay bills and approve payroll. These meetings are at 5:30 pm at the Mott Public Library.

The Board meets Quarterly in January, April, July, and October to discuss and review policies, the strategic plan and other necessary Library business.

These meetings are all open to the Public pursuant to the open meetings laws of the State of North Dakota.

Board Members

Melissa Brown, President

Michelle Quamme, City Council Delegate

Ann Blickensderfer, Treasurer

Betsy Weigand

Charles Crane

This Library 1911 to now, Part 1


This Library is a busy place. I remember, when I first started as the Librarian, I was a bit downhearted at how lonesome the job was. Open 3 days per week for 18 hours offers limited time for patronage, but seeing up to 5 patrons all day long made it a very quiet place to work. It took only a month before I thought, perhaps, folks did not like me and so were not patronizing the Library. Silly thoughts, this was the place with books after all.

I listened to patrons. They wanted a Book Club. They wanted Children’s programs and Story Times. They wanted relevant and up to date books. They wanted a Library that partnered with other agencies and community businesses. They wanted a library which honored the rich history of the community and kept up with technological times. There was one public access computer.

Slowly it began. Training opportunities from the North Dakota State Library provided information and additional resources. The Board instructed this new Librarian to find out the rules and laws regarding the Library and proceed from there. Webinars, now widely popular for all manners of free training for almost any job position provided hours of tips and hints regarding how to run a library.

Books which hadn’t been read in 70 plus years were removed from shelves or put into a special collection, all things Mott or North Dakota. Books with damage or that moldy smell were removed. Some were classics, good Librarians had chosen well over the 100 or so years the Library had been open. Books which weren’t circulating needed to be relocated. New books were needed to replace them and interest new and existing patrons.

Programs needed visibility so the need to write articles for the local papers as well as posters, business cards and outreach to agencies, the school, child cares, the public at large commenced. Practice using existing software for publishing documents was interesting. Learning new software added challenges but was well worth it.

Starting something new is always exciting. Remembering the feel as you enter a favorite Library and then trying to recreate it is challenging and incites your most creative self. Vision, reality, daily tasks and building, the actual book by book, activity by activity building of the dream feels euphoric and demanding at the same time.

Stop by to see what a budding public Library looks like. The Mott Public Library is open Mondays from 10-1 then 1:30-6:30, Wednesdays from 12-7 and Fridays from 8-11.

Your Librarian, Carol



Fundraising for STEAM- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics

Mix it. Shake it. Draw it. Blow it up. STEAM After School is for the curious, the adventurous and the exuberant students in grades 1-6 each Monday and Wednesday from 4-5 pm during the school year.

After School activities are numerous and varied at the Mott Public Library. Today featured the Step by Step Drawing Series: Horses, Dogs and Puppies, Cats, Caricatures, Tanks and Military Vehicles, Warplanes and 20 Ways to Draw a Tree. We then took the fabulous sidewalks  outside the Library and illustrated to our hearts content.

We finished our illustrations, shared stories about what we drew and prepared a healthy snack. We had bread, nutella, halo oranges and apple slices with water to drink.

Many of our activities are shared on the Mott Library facebook page, the Eido and The Herald. Please call or message us to find out how you can support After School Activities at the Mott Public Library.