Story Hour hopes to connect Minot residents

Submitted Photos Guests telling their stories at a previous Story Hour event.

The Minot Public Library will host the first event for The Minot Story Hour’s fourth season on Saturday.

The Minot Story Hour gives those in the community a chance to tell a story about their life in 10 minutes and listen to other stories. It was started four years ago with the goal of creating new connections through personal stories.

“So many times we see a face day after day or week after week – the barista, the grocery store cashier, the nurse at the clinic – but we don’t really know anything about them. By inviting people to share their stories, it brings people closer together, making connections that don’t happen at the grocery store or doctor’s office or coffee shop,” said Emily Nesdahl, who helped start the program.

Library director Janet Anderson sees the story hour as a way to create a safe, welcoming place for people to share and hear the stories of our lives in an effort to build a closer community. The library often hosts the story hour, though other places have partnered to hold it throughout Minot and Rugby.

“While we don’t charge an admission fee, we gladly accept donations at the door and all donations go to our partner organization, and our partner organization gets one of our storyteller spots. At our upcoming event on November 18th we are partnering with OpenMind – a non-profit organization working to bring awareness to mental health and suicide in our community. We are glad to be partnering with them,” Nesdahl said.

Each night has its own theme. Saturday’s theme for stories will be “The Lies We Tell.” Many of the speakers are chosen before the event, but they often hold a time where others can do an impromptu story, according to Anderson.

Anyone is welcome to come, but both Anderson and Nesdahl want those interested to know that it might not be suitable for children. Nesdahl warned that while many of the speakers have been rehearsed with beforehand, some words that aren’t considered age appropriate for children can still slip out.

“This is not be confused with a children’s ‘story time’ as the stories can often be about mature matters. The audience tends to be primarily adults,” Anderson said.

For those interested in being storytellers at a future event, they can email

More information on events can be found at the Minot Story Hour’s facebook page.