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Public Library Specialist

Monica Struck

Email: or

Phone: 701-328-4680 (office)

As travel across North Dakota can sometimes be difficult, State Library staff may offer to meet over a video conferencing platform, like Zoom or Teams.

Zoom is a communication platform that allows for collaboration, video conferencing, online meetings, and webinars. It also allows participants to share their computer screens. Communicating over Zoom is a seamless way for State Library staff to communicate with library directors and boards to help resolve questions or issues that can't be addressed by phone or email.

Star and Wheelie Award Winners

The STAR Library and Wheelie awards are presented to North Dakota libraries in recognition of the administrators and staff that provide exceptional service with the financial resources at their disposal. This honor is bestowed on those performing the best across a range of per-capita measures within a peer-group of libraries with similar operating expenditures.

The metrics that are considered for the STAR awards are total circulation per capita, central branch service hours per week, program attendance per capita, and combined computer and WiFi use per capita.

The metrics considered for the Wheelie award are total circulation per capita, bookmobile stops, and mileage.

2023 Award Winners:

Star: Total Operating Expenditures <$10,000

  • Max Community Library
  • Stanton Public Library
  • Turtle Lake Public Library

Star: Total Operating Expenditures $50,001–$150,000

  • Divide County Public Library
  • Griggs County Public Library
  • Tioga Community Library

Star: Total Operating Expenditures $10,001–$25,000

  • Hebron Public Library
  • Iris Swedlund School & Public Library
  • Maddock Community Library

Star: Total Operating Expenditures $150,001+

  • Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library
  • Grand Forks Public Library
  • Hazen Public Library

Star: Total Operating Expenditures $25,001–$50,000

  • Garrison Public Library
  • Mohall Public Library
  • Washburn Public Library

Wheelie Bookmobile Award:

  • Ward County Public Library Bookmobile

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Many of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.