The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
It’s time to get crafty again - Crafternoons is back! Crafternoons returns to the Dr. James Carlson Library on Monday, Sept. 23, and continues through Dec. 16, AND returns to the Northport Branch on Tuesday, Sept. 24, and continues through Dec. 17. 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.
Dec. 9/10: Sharpie Tiles
Dec. 16/17: Pinecone Ornaments
Paws for Reading
Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will again be lending an ear on Saturday, Dec. 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.
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, Dec. 18: The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Baby Rhyme Time
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Dec. 19, 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.
Kindergarten Success! Storytime Series
Drop in to one, or all, of these special storytime and activity sessions focused on preparing your child for Kindergarten. Library staff will share tips you can use to instill a love of reading in your child and help get them ready to learn - all while having super storytime fun!
These are parent/child storytimes geared for your child's success; therefore we ask one adult per child to keep the learning to the maximum. This program series will be held at the Main Library and is most appropriate for children ages 3 to 5. No pre-registration is required. Activities will follow each storytime session and every child will leave with a new book!
Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. - Do You See What I See?
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. November sessions will be held at the Main Library on Friday, Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. and at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 701.241.1495.
LEGO Mania Design Contest
Show off your creativity at the Fargo Public Library's annual Lego Mania Design Contest! Kids age 12 and under are invited to participate. Build an original creation at home, then bring it to the Main Library on Monday, Dec. 30 between 2 and 3 p.m. Judging will begin at 3 p.m. and winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Games and other activities will take place in the Children's Room to pass the time while we await the judges' decisions. Pre-registration is required and may be completed by calling 701.241.1495 beginning Nov. 30. Please check out the rules and guidelines before you begin to build. Good luck!
Frozen New Year's Eve Party
Do you want to build a snowman? Come on, let's go and play! We know it's cold outside, but the cold never bothered you anyway, right? Join us at the Main Library on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. where we'll be letting go of 2019 and sliding into 2020 with a Frozen New Year's Celebration! This will be a magical morning filled with Frozen-themed activities, crafts, and snacks. Come test the limits and break through! We promise this celebration will be worth melting for. This event is open to families with children of all ages. No pre-registration is required.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Children's Services Department. We'll be happy to help!