Library offers new services

The Minot Public Library has added several new online services that can help students do their homework or just browse for more information.

Mary Wheeler, technical services librarian, and Debbie Chappo, information specialist, said the new online tools can be accessed by people who hold a valid Minot Public Library card, using the library website at (minotlibrary.org).

The sites include the Points of View reference center.

“This one is really cool because it reads for you,” said Wheeler, and users can choose to have the program read in different accents, including American or Australian English. The database provides students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.

The American Indian History Online database contains information on all the Indian tribes in the United States. It offers history and culture including a tribe index, unique topic centers, timelines, source lists and more.

The Student Research Center provides science research that kids can search by topic, while the World Almanac for Kids provides access to different reference topics. The Pronunciator is a program that can help people learning a foreign language learn how to pronounce words.

Wheeler and Chappo said the information databases will be good for kids doing research papers. One local teacher was excited when she found out what is available at the library. She plans to assign her elementary school class to do brief research papers on different locations.

Even adults will find some of the sites interesting, said Chappo.

“It’s not boring,” she said. “I even find it fun.”

The sites can be accessed by library card holders using any computer with Internet access.