The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
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, October 20 @ 10 a.m. - You'll Sing, I'll Sing!
Saturday, November 24 @ 10 a.m. - Make It Count!
Saturday, December 15 @ 10 a.m. - Do You See What I See?
Celebrate National Fossil Day
Since the theme for National Fossil Day 2018 is The Age of Reptiles – More Than Just Dinosaurs, we’ve invited some very special cold-blooded guests to join us at the Main Library for a celebration! Meet our live reptilian friends and explore some extraordinary fossils on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m., when members of the NDSU Herpetology Club and staff from NDSU’s Geosciences Dept. help us celebrate. Kids can also complete a themed activity. No pre-registration is required for this all-ages event.
It's become a library tradition! You bring the pumpkin, we supply the rest. Make it scary, goofy, or snazzy - it's all up to you. Children ages 12 and younger and their families are invited to join us at the Main Library on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. or at the Northport Branch on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. Apple cider will be available for everyone while we decorate away. Decorating materials will be provided and no pre-registration is required.
Baby Rhyme Time
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Nov. 1 and Thursday, Nov. 15 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.
American Sign Language Storytime
Friends from the North Dakota School for the Deaf will be our special guests during one week of our regularly scheduled Fall Storytime sessions. We'll learn what it's like to use American Sign Language to communicate and share stories using signs. This event is open to all children ages 3 to 6, whether you are registered for Fall Storytime or not.
Monday, Nov. 5 @ 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. - Main Library
Tuesday, Nov. 6 @ 11 a.m. - Northport Branch
Wednesday, Nov. 7 @ 11 a.m. - Dr. James Carlson Library
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! October sessions will take place at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be take place at the Main Library on Friday, Nov. 9 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, Nov. 10 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.
Whether you plie, twirl, or two step, you can learn from the best in town with our new dance series for kids. The Fargo Public Library, along with Gasper's School of Dance/F-M Ballet, will provide a fun-filled evening once a month at the Main Library. We'll listen to a story and then spend some time moving and stretching while learning some basic techniques and lessons on different types of dance. This dance series is open to children ages 3 to 12 years. No pre-registration is required.
Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. - Dance and Storytime
Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. - Nutcracker Ballet Preview and Storytime
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, Nov. 21 - The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Wednesday, Dec. 19 - The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Children's Services Department. We'll be happy to help!