The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
Registration for the 2019 Fall Storytime session for toddlers and preschoolers is now open. This weekly session begins Monday, Sept. 9 and runs through Dec. 11. 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.
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.
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, Oct. 16: Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older
Wednesday, Nov. 20: The Night Garden by Polly Horvath
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, Oct. 17, 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, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. - You'll Sing, I'll Sing!
Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. - Make It Count!
Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. - Do You See What I See?
Whether you like a shiny, glittery pumpkin or a hairy, scary one, we'll have some fun decorating! Dress to make a mess. You bring a pumpkin and your imagination and we'll supply the rest. Apple cider for everyone while we decorate away. Children ages 3 and up and their families are welcome to attend. Decorating materials will be provided and no pre-registration is required.
Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. - Northport Branch
Thursday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. - Dr. James Carlson Library
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 from Sept. through April. October sessions will be held at the Main Library on Friday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. and at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 701.241.1495.
Choose Your Own Adventure at the Library
Revisit the popular Choose Your Own Adventure series as we bring one of the books to life throughout the library! Participants will start out together, make their own adventure choices, and see how their story ends! These events are open to adventurers ages 9 and up. No pre-registration is required.
Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. -
Dr. James Carlson Library
Thursday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. -
Paws for Reading
Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will again be lending an ear on Saturday, Nov. 9 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.
Whether you plie, twirl or two step, you can learn from the best in town with this dance series for kids. Gasper's School of Dance/F-M Ballet, will provide a fun-filled evening once a month at the Main Library downtown. We'll listen to a story and then spend time moving and stretching while getting 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. 12 at 6:30 p.m.:
Hip Hop! Libraries Bop! Storytime and Ballet Class
Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.:
Nutcracker Sneak Peek Storytime and Ballet Class
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Children's Services Department. We'll be happy to help!