The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
Read. Always. This season is made for reading! Why not earn prizes while doing it? Take part in the 2020 Winter-Read-a-Thon from Monday, Jan. 6 through Saturday, March 1. Pick up a book log at any Fargo Public Library location or download one here. Pre-readers track titles while Readers track the number of minutes read. Don’t miss out! Read. Always.
Winter storytime for toddlers, preschoolers and families begins on January 6 and runs through April 8. See our Storytime page for days and times. No registration is required. Please note, storytime will not be held on January 20 and February 17 as the library will be closed due to the corresponding holidays.
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. January sessions will be held at the Main Library on Friday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. and at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be completed by calling 701.241.1495.
Get your child ready for Kindergarten by exploring literacy and STEAM topics through music, stories, songs, and play. Library staff will share tips you can use to instill a love of reading in your child. These are parent/child storytimes geared for your child’s success; therefore, we ask one adult per child to keep the learning to a maximum. This event series will be held at the Main Library and is most appropriate for children ages 3 to 5. Activities will follow each storytime and all children will receive a FREE book!
Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. – Let’s Love Books!
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. – Write All About It!
Saturday, Mar. 28 at 10 a.m. – You’ll Sing, I’ll Sing!
Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. – Make It Count!
Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m. – Do You See What I See?
It’s time to get crafty again - Crafternoons is back! Crafternoons returns to the Dr. James Carlson Library on Monday, Jan. 27, and continues through May 18, AND returns to the Northport Branch on Tuesday, Jan 28, and continues through May 19. 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.
Monster Jam Storytime
Rev up your engines and head to the Main Library for a special storytime with a Monster Jam driver! Kids of all ages are invited to listen to some truck stories and complete a monster truck craft on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. Who will be joining us? It's a monster-sized surprise! This event is open to children and families of all ages. No pre-registration is required.
Winter Wonderland Workshop
Do you ever wonder what to do for fun? Outside? In the middle of winter? Look no further! Nature of the North and the Fargo Public Library have put together a workshop to share camping ideas and teach winter survival skills. These guys know how to make winter safety COOL! Families with children ages 5 and up are invited to join us at the Main Library on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. to make a survival kit complete with snacks and a craft to start your winter adventure off right.
Libraries Dance Into Winter
Together with Gasper's School of Dance and FM Ballet, the Fargo Public Library continues its storytime/dance series with three new sessions. Wear your ballet shoes, tap shoes, or your whatever shoes and take part in the fun! Feel free to dress up or wear your comfy clothes and get ready to move your body to the beat. These dance events are open to children ages 3 and up.
Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. - Main Library:
Plie, Twirl, Spin - Tap, Tap, Tap! Storytime & Dance
Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. - Main Library:
Hip Hop! Libraries Bop! Storytime & Dance
Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. - Main Library:
Cinderella Sneak Peek Storytime & Dance
Baby Rhyme Time
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 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
Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will again be lending an ear on Saturday, Feb. 8 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.
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, Feb. 19: Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce
Wednesday, March 18: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Wednesday, April 15: Pax by Sara Pennypacker
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Children's Services Department. We'll be happy to help!