The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
Crafternoons at Carlson
Crafternoons at Carlson take place at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Mondays, from Sept. 25 to Dec. 18. 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.
Day of Code
Help the Fargo Public Library commemorate Computer Science Education Week with its first ever Day of Code! Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to sign up to spend an hour learning and playing coding games on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Sessions begin at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 701.241.1495. Space is limited so kids should register for only one session.
An Evening with Children's Book Author Roxane B. Salonen
Come celebrate a prairie Christmas story with children's book author Roxane B. Salonen. On Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m., the writer of P Is for Peace Garden and First Salmon will visit the Main Library and share her new book The Twelve Days of Christmas in North Dakota. Learn more about the book's creation and its author at this kid-friendly event. Seasonal treats will be served and books will be available for purchase. No pre-registration is required. This event is co-sponsored by the Valley Reading Council. For more information about this or any other Fargo Public Library program, please call 701.241.1495.
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. December sessions will be held at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be held at the Main Library on Friday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online by calling 701.241.1495.
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, Dec. 16 @ 10 a.m. - Do You See What I See?
STEAM Powered Adventures Book Club
Full STEAM ahead! Geared towards kids in grades 3 to 7, the STEAM 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. Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming is the title for the Dec. 20 meeting. Pick up a copy of the book by stopping at 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, Dec. 21 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.
Do you have fairies at home or in your garden? Quick! Build them a place to live so they will stay! Create whimsical fairy houses at the Main Library on Tuesday, Dec. 26 at 10 a.m., or at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Friday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. Fairy furniture and other craft accessories will be provided. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online by calling 701.241.1495.
Mary Poppins Sing Along and Tea Party
Wind in the east, mist coming in...like somethin' is brewin' and about to begin. What could it be? It's Mary Poppins, of course! Stop by the Main Library on Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. and step in time to watch the classic movie Mary Poppins (PG). We'll do crafts and tuck in for some tea and treats while we sing along with Mary and Bert. We hope you'll be saying Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious by the time we are done. This should be an afternoon that is practically perfect in every way. Children of all ages are welcome and no pre-registration is required.
LEGO Mania Design Contest
Show off your creativity at the 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. 28 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. Before you begin to build, check out the contest rules. 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!