The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
Read. Always. This season is made for reading! Why not earn prizes while doing it? Take part in the 2020 Winter-Read-a-Thon from Monday, Jan. 6 through Saturday, March 1. Pick up a book log at any Fargo Public Library location or download one here. Pre-readers track titles while Readers track the number of minutes read. Don’t miss out! Read. Always.
Battle of the Books Tournament
March madness isn't the only battle going on this spring! Sixteen books will battle, but only one will win! The Battle officially kicks off in March, but kids can get a head start by suggesting contenders in January and February. The top 8 suggested books will battle with 8 books chosen by library staff. Visit any Fargo Public Library location every 2 weeks beginning March 1, and vote to make sure that your favorite advances to the next round. Correctly predict the winner and win a prize.
March 1-March 14: Round 1 voting
March 15-March 28: Round 2 voting
March 29-April 11: Round 3 voting
April 12-25: Round 4 voting
Going Places Book Club
We're going places this year and we hope you'll join us on all our adventures! From fantasy to mystery to geography, we're looking forward to reading all over the place. Book Club meets at 4 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Main Library. Kids in grades 3 to 7 will experience each month's featured book through related activities, discussion, snacks and crafts. Pick up a book and register for the current month at the Children's Desk or call 701.241.1495.
Wednesday, Feb. 19: Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce
Wednesday, March 18: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Wednesday, April 15: Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Baby Rhyme Time
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Feb. 20, for the next sessions of lapsit storytimes. Held the first and third Thursday of each month, Baby Rhyme Time takes place at the Dr. James Carlson Library at 10 a.m., and at the Main Library at 6:30 p.m. Share songs, fingerplays, short books, rhythms and rhymes with your baby while introducing them to books and the library! Each session concludes with open play time. No registration is required. One child per grown-up lap please.
Get your child ready for Kindergarten by exploring literacy and STEAM topics through music, stories, songs, and play. Library staff will share tips you can use to instill a love of reading in your child. These are parent/child storytimes geared for your child’s success; therefore, we ask one adult per child to keep the learning to a maximum. This event series will be held at the Main Library and is most appropriate for children ages 3 to 5. Activities will follow each storytime and all children will receive a FREE book!
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. – Write All About It!
Saturday, Mar. 28 at 10 a.m. – You’ll Sing, I’ll Sing!
Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. – Make It Count!
Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m. – Do You See What I See?
Harry Potter's World
Read. Always. As part of this year’s Winter Read-A-Thon, the Fargo Public Library, in partnership with UND’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences, will host the traveling exhibit Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter's World. The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine is providing the traveling exhibition from Feb. 10 - March 21 for display at the Main Library. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine. This exhibit explores the world of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance medicine, magic, and science. In addition, the library will provide six weeks of themed events for children, teens, and adults based on the magical world of Harry Potter!
Children's events in the series include:
Harry Potter Escape Rooms For Kids
Saturday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Main Library
Are you clever like Ravenclaw? Or brave like a Gryffindor? How about cunning like a Slytherin? Or are you wonderfully patient like a Hufflepuff? You will need all of these traits to break out of the Harry Potter Escape Room at the library! These events are modeled after the popular Escape Room concept, and will be for children in grades 1-6. Multiple sessions are available based on age/grade level. Registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 701.241.1492.
Magical Creature Crafts
Saturday, March 7 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Wizards and witches are welcome to test their magi-zoologist skills in crafting and caring for magical creatures at the library! Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to spend the afternoon making a variety of magical creature crafts. Professor Hagrid will be on site to instruct you in the creation and care of magical creatures. Registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 701.241.1492.
It’s time to get crafty again - Crafternoons is back! Crafternoons returns to the Dr. James Carlson Library on Monday, Jan. 27, and continues through May 18, AND returns to the Northport Branch on Tuesday, Jan 28, and continues through May 19. Children up to age 12 are welcome to stop by the Dr. James Carlson Library on Mondays anytime between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. or the Northport library on Tuesdays anytime between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for a weekly craft project. Stop by and get crafty at the library! No registration is required. Please note that the same craft will be done at each location.
Feb. 24/25: Monster Suncatchers
Little Squirt Science
Preschoolers ages 3-5 can learn about their world each month through science activities and stories that provide a little knowledge and a lot of fun! Sessions take place during the final Friday and Saturday each month. January sessions will be held at the Main Library on Friday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. and at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 11 a.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be completed by calling 701.241.1495.
11th Annual Design a Bookmark Contest
March is Youth Art Month, and the Fargo Public Library is commemorating creativity with the 11th Annual Design a Bookmark Contest. Stop by any library location beginning March 1 to pick up a form. Forms will also be available online beginning March 1. Fill the space with your most brilliant creation and return it to any library location before close on Tuesday, March 31. The top designs (as voted on by library staff) will be made into color bookmarks that will be printed and distributed throughout the following year at library branches and events. Winners will be announced Monday, April 13.
Libraries Dance Into Winter
Together with Gasper's School of Dance and FM Ballet, the Fargo Public Library continues its storytime/dance series with three new sessions. Wear your ballet shoes, tap shoes, or your whatever shoes and take part in the fun! Feel free to dress up or wear your comfy clothes and get ready to move your body to the beat. These dance events are open to children ages 3 and up.
Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. - Main Library:
Hip Hop! Libraries Bop! Storytime & Dance
Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. - Main Library:
Cinderella Sneak Peek Storytime & Dance
Paws for Reading
Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will again be lending an ear on Saturday, March 14 as they listen to children practice reading in a relaxed, informal setting. Kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to register for a 15 minute session with one of our furry, non-judgmental listeners. Sessions take place between 10 and 11 a.m. at the Main Library. Bring your own books to read or choose from a selection of library books. Pre-registration is required and may be completed by calling 701.241.1495.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Children's Services Department. We'll be happy to help!