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Children's Department

The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.


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IDITAREAD: Winter Reading Challenge

Brave the winter weather by joining us for the IDITAREAD: Winter Reading Challenge! This year we're gearing up for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race by running, racing and reading. Register for the Challenge in Beanstack, pick up a reading log at any Fargo Public Library location, and you are off on a snowy adventure! Kids who log 30 days of reading will win the ultimate prize - a new book! Kids can also earn a 2024 Official Iditarod Magnet by completing activities in the Junior Trailblazer Activity book (available at all Fargo Public Library locations). Those who log reading in Beanstack at least once per week will also be eligible for weekly prize drawings. Prizes are limited to participants ages 12 and younger. Good luck - now hit the ground reading!


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Winter Pop-Up STEM Event

Kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to join us for a Winter Pop-UP STEM Event at the Main Library on Feb. 17. We're excited to partner with staff from the Fargo-Moorhead Science Museum, students from Concordia's Physics Dept., Dr. Graeme Wyllie and students from Concordia's Science Academy, students from MSUM's Physics and Astronomy Dept., and students from NDSU's Society of Women Engineers. Join us for lots of hands-on STEM learning activities and fun! This open house event will run from 10 a.m. to noon.


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Crafternoons

Makers ages 15 and younger are welcome to stop by the Dr. James Carlson or Northport Libraries each week to get their craft on! Note that the same weekly project will be done at both locations.
Mondays, Jan.29 - Apr. 29 from 3-4:30 p.m.: Dr. James Carlson Library
Tuesdays, Jan. 30 -Apr. 30 from 3-4:30 p.m.: Northport Branch
Feb. 20: CD Button Turtles
Feb. 26 & 27: Leap Year Frogs


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Pajama Party Storytime

Get comfy, cozy, and hopefully dozy with a bedtime storytime geared towards 2 to 6-year-olds. Attendees are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring any favorite teddy bears, blankets, etc. to the Main Library on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. No pre-registration is required.


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Leap Year Storytime and Craft

What better way to spend this extra day than by coming to storytime! Children ages 2 to 6 are welcome to share stories and make a leap-year craft at the Main Library on Feb. 29 at 11 a.m. No pre-registration is required.


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Family Trivia Nights

Rally your relatives and join us for family trivia night at the Main Library. Each month we'll feature a different theme and see who knows the most! Family trivia night is open to individuals, families, or teams of all ages - trivia works best for kids who are reading independently. Families are invited to pre-register at the beginning of the current month. Prizes for our top winners, and snacks for all!
Feb. 29 at 6 p.m. - We the People: American History
March 28 at 6 p.m. - Snow, Shine & Showers: Weather
April 25 at 6 p.m. - Big Blue Ball: Planet Earth
May 30 at 6 p.m. - May the Force Be with You: Star Wars


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Kindergarten Success! Storytime

Get your child ready for Kindergarten by exploring literacy and STEAM topics through music, stories, songs, and play at the Main Library. Library staff will share tips you can use to instill a love of reading in your child. Activities follow each storytime and all children receive a FREE book! These events are appropriate for children ages 3-5.
Mar. 2 @ 10 a.m.
Apr. 6 @ 10 a.m.
May 4 @ 10 a.m.


Baby Rhyme Time

Babies ages birth to 24 months are invited to join us for the next sessions of lapsit storytimes at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Baby Rhyme Time is an opportunity for parents to share songs, fingerplays, short books, rhythms and rhymes with baby while introducing books and the library! Each session concludes with open play time. No pre-registration required. One child per grown-up lap please.
March 7 & 21 @ 10 a.m.
April 4 & 18 @ 10 a.m.
May 2 & 16 @ 10 a.m.


Paws for Reading 2023

Paws for Reading

Reading Therapy pets are available on the second Saturday of each month (through April) to listen to children practice their 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 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. Call the Children’s Services desk at 701.241.1495 to register for the current month.
March 9
April 13


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Namaste Toddler/Preschool Yoga

Introducing Toddler/Pre-School Yoga by Mojo Fit! It's never too soon to learn how to relax, breathe, pose, and find your center, all while having fun at the Main Library with a certified yoga instructor from Mojo Fit. Come dressed to stretch and move. We have a few mats available for kiddos to use, but if you have your own, bring it along! This class is best suited for ages 2-6. No pre-registration required.
March 14 @ 10 a.m.
April 11 @ 10 a.m.
May 9 @ 10 a.m.


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Going Places Book Club

We're reading all over the place in the Going Places Book Club! Kids in grades 3 to 7 are invited to the Main Library to join us as we experience each month's featured book through related activities, discussion, snacks, and crafts. Pick up your book and register for the current month at the Main Library or call the Children's Services desk at 701.241.1495
March 19 at 4 p.m. - The Eyes and the Impossible by Dave Eggers
April 9 at 4 p.m. - Slugfest by Gordon Korman


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Libraries Dance! Storytime and Dance Series

F-M Ballet and Gasper's School of Dance will be at the Main Library at 6:30 p.m. for movement and fun! These storytimes are interactive with a brief dance lesson followed by stories and snacks, so wear clothes/costumes you can move in! Dance storytimes are geared toward children ages 3 and up.
March 20 - Alice in Wonderland Preview
April 10 - Bunny Hop


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Dial-A-Story

If you’ve ever wished you could listen to a story, a poem, or even a joke at any time, day or night, now you can! Call the Library’s Dial-A-Story phone line at 701.298.6927 anytime and choose the children’s option; new recordings are available every Monday. Selections are recorded by Children’s Library staff and are up to 5 minutes in length. Dial-A-Story recordings can be accessed by any phone.


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Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Children's Services Department. We'll be happy to help!