The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
Look up! Explore Our Universe: The James Webb Space Telescope Challenge
During the month of December, NASA, in collaboration with the European and Canadian Space Agencies, plans to launch into space the largest telescope ever created. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will ride on an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou French Guiana, with a scheduled departure date of December 22. Due to its size, the telescope will be folded into the rocket. It will then take 29 days to unfold in space and for the telescope to become functional – if everything goes perfectly! Much more powerful than the Hubble Telescope, the JWST will use infrared vision to allow scientists to see the first stars and galaxies formed over 13.5 billion years ago!
In honor of the historic launch, the Fargo Public Library will be taking part in NASA @ My Library’s Look up! Explore Our Universe: The James Webb Space Telescope Challenge from December 1 to 31. Kids ages 12 and younger can participate by logging into the Fargo Public Library Beanstack app and completing activities to earn digital badges while learning all about the incredible mission. Each badge earned will provide an entry into a grand prize drawing to win a portable refractor telescope! Twenty-four sets of planet pins will also be awarded as runner-up prizes.
Throughout the challenge, a limited number of James Webb Space Telescope Fun Pads for kids will be available for pick-up in the Children’s Department at the Main Library on a first come first served basis. These are most appropriate for children ages 5 and older. One per child, please.
For more information, contact Children’s Services at 701.241.1495.
Storytime is back!
This fall, storytime will be broken into two different sessions that consist of live virtual storytimes. The first session will be held Oct. 4 – Nov. 3. Pre-registration is required. Participants will receive an email with information on how to log into the session; an email address is required. The second session runs Nov. 8 – Dec. 8. Pre-registration opens October 25. All times are open to children ages 2-6. Please see our Storytime page for dates and times.
It’s time to get crafty! Crafternoons returns to the Dr. James Carlson and Northport Libraries as a take home project. Children up to age 12 are welcome to pre-register for a take home packet. Each week will feature a new craft. We supply the materials – you supply the imagination! Please note: the same weekly craft will be featured at all locations. Pre-registration is required for each week and begins on Monday. Limit one craft per person per week.
The Take Home Crafternoons schedule:
Mondays, Sept. 27 – Dec. 20
Take-Home Packet Pick-Up Time: 3 to 4:45 p.m.
Dr. James Carlson Library
Tuesdays, Sept. 28 – Dec. 21
Take-Home Packet Pick-Up Time: 3 to 4:45 p.m.
Take Home Crafternoons packet crafts:
December 6 & 7: Winter Wreath
December 13 & 14: Melted Snowman
December 20 & 21: Mini Yarn Hats
Baby Rhyme Time Online
Babies ages birth to 18 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for baby storytimes. Share songs, fingerplays, short books, rhythms, and rhymes with your baby while introducing them to books and the library! One lap per child, please.
Pre-registration is required and will open on the first of each month.
Please note: this program will be conducted online via GoToMeeting. Participants will receive an email with information on how to log into the session, so it is necessary to provide an email address when registering.
Tuesday, Dec. 7 & 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 9 & 23 at 10 a.m.
Paws for Reading
Our furry friends from Pet Partners of the Red River Valley have returned for another season of reading fun at the Main Library. Reading therapy pets are available on the second Saturday of each month (through April) between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. to listen to children practice reading in a relaxed, informal setting. Our next visit will take place on December 11. Kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to register for a 15 minute session with one of our non-judgmental listeners. Bring your own books to read or choose from a selection of library books. Pre-registration is required for each month's session and opens on the first of the month. Call 701.241.1495 to register.
Christmas Tree Ornament Workshop
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, we need to fill your branches! If your Christmas tree is looking a little bare this holiday season, join us at the Main Library on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. for a Christmas ornament-making workshop. Kids in grades 1-6 are invited to make some family keepsakes at this holiday event. Pre-registration is required and opens November 27.
We are back with our popular dance and storytime series! In collaboration with F-M Ballet and Gasper's School of Dance, we'll gather for a series of themed storytimes followed by short dance sessions. These events are interactive, so wear clothes/costumes you can move in! Storytimes are geared towards children ages 3 and up. Pre-registration is required.
Nutcracker Preview: Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. – Main Library (Pre-registration begins November 29.)
Going Places Book Club
From fantasy to mystery to geography, we’re looking forward to reading all over the place in the Going Places Book Club! Kids in grades 3 to 7 are invited to join us as we experience each month’s featured book through related activities, discussion, snacks, and crafts. Book Club meets at 4 p.m. month at the Main Library. Pick up your book and register for the current month at the Children’s Desk or call 701.241.1495.
Wednesday, Dec. 15: 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
New Year's Eve Party to Go
Countdown to 2022 starts with picking up your New Year's party-to-go package from the Fargo Public Library! You'll find it jam-packed with everything you need for the perfect at-home party. Party package pick-up starts on Monday, Dec. 27, and continues while supplies last. No registration is required and packages will be available at all library locations. Limit 1 packet per family.
Christmas Vacation Drive-In Movie Night
Drive-in movie night at the library is back at the Main Library for your Christmas vacation! On Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 6 p.m., we'll build our own cardboard sleigh, park it in the perfect spot, and enjoy Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Popcorn, hot cocoa, and cider will be served to keep you toasty and warm. This program is best enjoyed by children ages 3-9. Pre-registration is required and opens December 14.
LEGO© Mania Design Contest
Show off your creativity at the Fargo Public Library's annual LEGO© Mania Design Contest! Kids 12 and younger are invited to participate. Build an original creation at home, then bring it to the downtown Main Library on Thursday, Dec. 30, between 2 and 3 p.m. Judging begins at 3 p.m. and winners will be announced at 3:45 p.m. Games and other activities will take place in the Children's Room to pass the time while we await the judges' decisions. Pre-registration is required and opens Dec. 1. Pre-register by calling 701.241.1495. Before you begin to build, please check out the rules and guidelines. Good luck!
Thursday, Dec. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. – Main Library
(Pre-registration opens Dec. 1, 2021)
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.
Library's "Northern Narratives Jr." Literary Magazine Available
Northern Narratives Jr. is the library's first ever, kids-only, literary magazine. It is available to be read online and features poems, nonfiction essays, short stories, drawings, photographs, and comics written and created by school-age children from the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo community in the spring of 2021. Each category had first and second place winners as judged by the Fargo Public Library Children's Services Staff. Winning works are indicated by an asterisk.*
Please note: Transcription of each piece was taken directly from the original work, so any creative spelling, grammar, or formatting is considered intentional by the artist.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Children's Services Department. We'll be happy to help!
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