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Children's Department

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


Storytime

Fall Storytime

As the big kids head back to school, toddlers and preschoolers are invited to head back to Storytime at the Fargo Public Library! Join us each week from Sept. 12-Nov. 16 at one of our three library locations for stories, songs, fingerplays and fun! No pre-registration required. See our Storytime page for days and times at each location.


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Crafternoons

Makers ages 12 and younger are welcome to stop by the Dr. James Carlson Library on Mondays or the Northport Branch on Tuesdays to get their craft on! The fun begins at 3 p.m. and keeps going until 4:30 p.m. - join us each week (note that the same project will be done at both locations). No pre-registration required.
Oct. 3 & 4 – Spoon Merpeople
Oct. 10 & 11 – Bubble Art
Oct. 17 & 18 – CD Space Ship
Oct. 24 & 25 – Spider Headband
Oct. 31 & Nov. 1 – Pumpkin Tea Light


Baby Rhyme Time

Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us for the next sessions of lapsit storytimes taking place at the Main Library on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m., and at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. 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.


Paws for Reading

Our furry friends from Pet Partners of the Red River Valley have returned for another season of reading fun at the library. Reading therapy pets are available on the second Saturday of each month (September-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. Our next event will take place on Oct. 8 between 10 and 11 a.m. at the Main Library. Bring your own books to read or choose from a selection of library books. Call 701.241.1495 to register.


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Going Places Book Club

We're reading all over the place in the Going Places Book Club! Kids in grades 3-7 are invited to join us monthly at the Main Library at 4 p.m. 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 701.241.1495.
Oct. 11 - The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Nov. 8 - Nightmares! by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
Dec. 13 - Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson


Libraries Dance! Storytime and Dance Series

F-M Ballet and Gasper's School of Dance will be at the Main Library each month for movement and fun! These storytimes are interactive with a brief dance lesson, so wear clothes/costumes you can move in! Dance storytimes begin at 6:30 p.m. and are geared toward children ages 3 and up. No pre-registration is necessary.
Oct. 12: Spooky Ballet
Nov. 9: Dinosaur Stomp
Dec. 7: Nutcracker Preview


Pumpkins

Pumpkin Decorating

Make your pumpkin scary or make it nice, any which way will suffice! You supply the pumpkin and we supply the rest, to make your porch-worthy pumpkin your very best. This program is best suited for ages 3 and up. No pre-registration is required.
Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. - Main Library
Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. - Dr. James Carlson Library


Bad Kitty

Bad Kitty vs. the Library

Bad Kitty is on the rampage, but it's you who gets to have all the fun. Join us for a day of Bad Kitty stories, snacks, activities and crafts. Let's hope the library wins! All ages are welcome, but this event is most appropriate for children in grades K to 4. No pre-registration is required.
Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. - Main Library
Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. - Dr. James Carlson Library


Reptiles

Recognizing Reptiles

National Reptile Day occurs each year in October as a way to promote education, conservation and appreciation for reptiles. In honor of these cold-blooded creatures, we're celebrating with a visit from some live reptiles! Kids of all ages are invited to the Main Library on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m., when members of the NDSU Herpetology Club will be on hand to show off some of their scaly sidekicks. A reptile craft and other themed activities will also be available. No pre-registration is required.


Trivia Night

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!
Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. - Halloween & Other Spooky Stuff
Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. - Bestselling Books
Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. - Winter Wonderland


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Harry Potter Escape Rooms

Are you clever like a Ravenclaw or brave like a Gryffindor? Are you cunning like a Slytherin or wonderfully patient like a Hufflepuff? You'll need all of these traits to break out of the Harry Potter Escape Room! Kids in grades 1-6 are invited to join us at the Main Library on Saturday, Oct. 29 at one of the following sessions: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., or 3 p.m. (Registration opens on Oct. 15.)


Kindergarten Success

Kindergarten Success! Storytime Series

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 receive a FREE book! No pre-registration required.
Nov. 5 at 10 a.m.
Dec. 3 at 10 a.m.


Telephone

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.


Contact Us

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


Library Program Evaluation

Attended one of our programs? Tell us about your experience! This is a post-program survey to help us bring more events to our patrons. Your feedback means a great deal to us; thank you for your time in filling out this form.