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Children's Department

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


Children's Storytime

Fall Storytime Fun

Registration for the 2018 Fall Storytime session for toddlers and preschoolers is now open. This weekly session begins September 10 and runs through December 12. 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.


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, August 18 @ 10 a.m. - Let's Love Books!
Saturday, September 15 @ 10 a.m. - Write All About It!
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?


Red River Farmer's Market

Join the children's staff for an outing at the River Farmer's Market (Broadway and 4th Ave N) on Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There'll be a storytime at 11 a.m., or stop by anytime to work on a craft and browse selected books.


Mission to the Sun: The Parker Solar Probe

Launched on August 12th, NASA is attempting to “Touch the Sun” with the Parker Solar Probe, a spacecraft that will fly closer to the sun than any before. Learn about this amazing mission and the mysteries scientists are hoping to solve about our nearest star when Juan Cabanela, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at MSUM, joins us at the Main Library on Monday, August 20 at 2 p.m. Find out how the spacecraft will survive the intense heat, what scientists are looking for, and how the information may affect our lives on Earth. Then learn how to safely view solar activity with the library’s Sunspotter Telescopes, now available for checkout at each Fargo Public Library location. This event is open to all ages, but is most appropriate for school age children and older. No registration is required.


Baby Rhyme Time

Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Sept. 6 and Thursday, Sept. 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.


Paws for Reading

They're back! Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley are back for another season of reading fun at the library. Beginning Sept. 8, Reading Therapy pets will be available on the third Saturday of each month (through April) to 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 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.


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! September sessions will take place at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be take place at the Main Library on Friday, Sept. 14 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.


Contact Us

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