The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
Registration for the 2019 Winter Storytime session for toddlers and preschoolers is now open. This weekly session begins January 7 and runs through April 10. Registration may be completed online, at any Fargo Public Library location, or by calling 701.241.1495. See our Storytime page for days and times.
Crafternoons is back and it’s expanding! Crafternoons returns to the Dr. James Carlson Library on Mondays from Sept. 24 to Dec. 17, AND a new session of Crafternoons begins at the Northport Branch on Tuesdays from Sept. 25 to Dec. 18! Children up to age 12 are welcome to drop in anytime between 3 and 4:30 p.m. to get crafty at the library. Each week will feature a new craft. No registration is required to participate. We supply the materials – you supply the imagination! Please note: the same craft will be featured at both locations.
Kindergarten Success! Storytime Series
Drop in to one, or all, of these special storytimes 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, December 15 @ 10 a.m. - Do You See What I See?
A Christmas Carol
The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company will be returning to the Main Library this holiday season on Monday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Kids of all ages are invited to view the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a nasty, mean old geezer with no care for anything but his money. After his one and only friend visits him as a ghost, Ebenezer begins the journey that melts his icy heart and teaches him the joys of caring for, and giving to others. No registration is required for this event.
Choose Your Own Book Club
Kids in grades 3 to 7 are invited to join our book club! One Wednesday each month we'll meet at 4 p.m. at the Main Library. We'll read and experience a new book through related activities, discussion, snacks and crafts. We provide the books, you choose the name! Pick up your book and register for the current month at the Children's Desk or call 701.241.1495.
Wednesday, Dec. 19 - The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Baby Rhyme Time
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Dec. 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.
LEGO Mania Design Contest
Show off your creativity at the Fargo Public Library's annual Lego Mania Design Contest! Kids 12 and under are invited to participate. Build an original creation at home, then bring it to the Main Library on Thursday, Dec. 27 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. Preregistration is required and can be completed by calling 701.241.1495. Before you begin to build, please check out the rules and guidelines. Good luck!
Who goes into the library to save the day? You do! Grab your favorite pjs and hurry into the Main Library on Monday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. for a PJ Masks New Year's Eve celebration! Don't have a mask? Don't worry! At the 'PJ Masks'arade you can make your own. Then suit up and test out your skills with some superhero activities. We're bringing bedtime into the daytime at the library! Superheroes of all ages are welcome to participate. No pre-registration is required.
Little Squirt Science
Why is the sky blue?” “How do boats float?” “Why do leaves turn colors?” As any parent of a young child knows, kids have an endless supply of questions about the world around them. Preschoolers ages 3-5 are invited to have some of their questions answered at the library's Little Squirt Science program held each month from September through April. Science activities and stories provide a little knowledge and a lot of fun! January sessions will take place at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be take place at the Main Library on Friday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required each month and may be completed online or by calling Children’s Services at 701.241.1495.
Paws for Reading
Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will again be lending an ear on Saturday, January 12 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 begin at 10 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 to register.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Children's Services Department. We'll be happy to help!