The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
Crafternoons at Carlson
Crafternoons at Carlson returns to the Dr. James Carlson Library on Mondays, from Jan. 22 through May 21. Children up to age 12 are welcome to drop by the library anytime between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for a weekly craft project. Stop in and get crafty at the library! No pre-registration is required. Please note, there will be no Crafternoons on Feb. 19 due to the President's Day holiday.
Battle of the Books Tournament
Join us for the Fargo Public Library's first ever Battle of the Books. Sixteen books will battle, but only one will win! The Battle officially kicks off in April. The top 8 chapter books will then battle with 8 chapter books chosen by library staff. Return to the library every two weeks beginning Sunday, April 1 and vote to make sure that your favorite makes it to the next round. Correctly predict the winner and you could win a prize! For more information, contact Children's Services at 701.241.1495.
April 1 - April 14: Round 1 voting
April 15 - April 28: Round 2 voting
April 29 - May 12: Round 3 voting
May 13 - May 26: Round 4 voting
Winner announced Tuesday, May 29
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 second week of each month from Sept. through April. April sessions will be held at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Thursday, April 12 at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on April 12 at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be held at the Main Library on Friday, April 13 at 11 a.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 701.241.1945.
Kickin' It With the Co-op!
Ever wonder what is going on at your local food Co-op? Prairie Roots Food Co-op, along with the Fargo Public Library, invite you to enjoy some family fun while learning what the Co-op is all about. Join us the second Saturday of March, April and May when we'll have activities and adventures filled with fun for the whole family. All ages are welcome, but these events are most appropriate for children ages 4-12. No pre-registration is required.
Saturday, April 14
11 a.m. at the Main Library
We bring the Co-op to you! Come play games and learn how to make a nutritious treat - all by yourself! Select your own ingredients, build your snack, and then the best part - eating it!
Saturday, May 12
11 a.m. at Prairie Roots Food Co-op
Mother's Day is quickly approaching! Come to the Co-op to make a special gift for that special person in your life.
Paws for Reading
Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will again be lending an ear on Saturday, April 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 1 and 3 p.m. at the Main Library. Bring your own books to read or choose from a selection of library books. Call 701.241.1495 to register.
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! The Science of the Titanic
Near. Far. Wherever you are, you must have heard about the Titanic! On Titanic Remembrance Day, April 15, help us explore the inner workings of the doomed ship. Using the S.T.E.A.M. method, we will conduct experiments with science, technology, engineering, art, and math in an attempt to understand the mysteries of the Titanic. Kids ages 6-12 are invited to attend this event at the Main Library at 2 p.m.. Pre-registration is required.
Storytime with FM Ballet
Join us for a special storytime with cast members and dancers from FM Ballet's Aladdin at the Main Library on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. Greet characters, hear stories, and pose for photos with cast members! No pre-registration is required.
S.T.E.A.M. Powered Adventures Book Club
Full S.T.E.A.M. ahead! Geared towards kids in grades 3 to 7, the S.T.E.A.M. powered book club explores books of fiction and nonfiction involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Art or Math. Meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Main Library. Kids can expect book-related discussion, hands-on activities, crafts and snacks. The Way to Stay in Destiny by Augusta Scattergood is the title for the April 18 meeting. Pick up a copy of the book by stopping by the Children's Desk at the Main Library. Pre-registration is required and may be completed at the Children's Desk or by calling 701.241.1495.
Baby Rhyme Time
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, April 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 success. Library staff will share tips for easy strategies 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 max. 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, Apr. 21 at 10 a.m. – Make It Count!
Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. – Do You See What I See?
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Children's Services Department. We'll be happy to help!