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Children's Department

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

Virtual Storytime for Our Youngest Readers

Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, and in effort to protect our community, volunteers, staff, and patrons of all ages, all Fargo Public Library locations are temporarily closed until further notice. Because of this, we are offering virtual Storytimes and virtual Baby Rhyme Time for our youngest patrons.

Storytime with Lauren and Sarah: April 7, 2020

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

Battle of the Books Tournament

March madness may have been canceled and the library may be closed, but the Battle of the Books still rages on! Sixteen books will battle, but only one will win! Vote to make sure that your favorite advances to the next round. Correctly predict the winner and win a prize.

Which book is better? Cast your vote and may the best book win!
Round 3: March 29 – April 11
Round 4: April 12 – April 25
Winner announced Monday, April 27


11th Annual Design a Bookmark Contest Extended Through April 30

Deadline Extended!
March is Youth Art Month, and the Fargo Public Library is commemorating creativity with the 11th Annual Design a Bookmark Contest. Stop by any library location beginning March 1 to pick up a form. Forms are also available online. Fill the space with your most brilliant creation and return it to any library location before close on Thursday, April 30. The top designs (as voted on by library staff) will be made into color bookmarks that will be printed and distributed throughout the following year at library branches and events. Winners will be announced Monday,May 18.

Suspended: Crafternoons 2019


Updated 4/7/2020: Crafternoons events are suspended until further notice.
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.

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Postponed: Going Places Book Club

Updated 4/7/2020: Going Places Book Club events are postponed until further notice.
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.
Postponed Wednesday, April 15: Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Suspended: Baby Rhyme Time

Updated 4/7/2020: Baby Rhyme Time events are suspended until further notice.
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, April 19, 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.

Kindergarten Success!

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, May 23 at 10 a.m.Do You See What I See?

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.

Contact Us

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