The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
2019 Winter Read-a-Thon
As the temperature drops and the winds pick up, it’s time to snuggle in with a good book! Readers of all ages can find their perfect cold weather read during the Fargo Public Library’s annual Winter Read-a-Thon, running from Monday, Jan. 7 through Sunday, March 3.
Beginning Jan. 7, pick up a book log at any Fargo Public Library location or print one from the website. Pre-Readers track titles of books read and Readers track time spent reading. Complete the front of the booklog and return to any Fargo Public Library location to claim a prize. Continue on the back of the booklog to earn a free book!
During this year’s Winter Read-a-Thon, readers can bring in a non-perishable food or unused toiletry item. For each item donated, library patrons will receive up to $5 in fine forgiveness (including lost or damaged item fees). In addition, for every completed book log, children can receive up to $5 in fine forgiveness.* Please, no expired or opened/used items. Items will benefit Great Plains Food Bank, Gladys Ray Shelter, and Youthworks of North Dakota. Remember, children’s items no longer receive overdue fines (children’s materials can still incur lost or damaged item fees)!
*Some restrictions apply. Fine forgiveness applies to current fines only. No credit for future fines will be issued. Accounts that have already been sent to a collection agency are not eligible for fine forgiveness. These same rules apply whether the forgiveness is from donations or completed book logs.
Registration for the 2019 Winter Storytime session for toddlers and preschoolers is now open. This weekly session begins January 7 and runs through April 10. 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.
Crafternoons returns to the Dr. James Carlson Library on Mondays from Jan. 28 to May 20, and to the Northport Branch on Tuesdays from Jan. 29 to May 21. Children up to age 12 are welcome to drop in anytime between 3 and 4:30 p.m. to get crafty at the library. Each week features a new craft. No registration is required to participate. We supply the materials – you supply the imagination! Please note: the same craft is featured at both locations.
The Enchanted Book Club
Kids in grades 3 to 7 are invited to join our book club! One Wednesday each month we meet at 4 p.m. at the Main Library. We read and experience a new book through related activities, discussion, snacks and crafts. Pre-register and pick up a copy of the current book at the Children's Desk or call 701.241.1495.
Wednesday, Jan. 16 – The Vanderbeeker’ on 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Wednesday, March 20 – Lockwood and Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Wednesday, April 17 – Kid’s Choice! – see monthly flyer for updates
Wednesday, May 15 – Movie Day!
Baby Rhyme Time
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Jan. 17 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! 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, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. – Let’s Love Books!
Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. – Write All About It!
Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. – You’ll Sing, I’ll Sing!
Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. – Make It Count!
Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. - Do You See What I See?
Board Game Blowout!
Try out a new game from the library’s collection or bring a favorite to play with family and friends. Join us for any of these family friendly Board Game Blowout events at the Main Library, where we will feature a new game each month in addition to having a variety of games available for free play. No pre-registration is required. This event is open to children, teens, and adults of all ages.
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 23 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 27 at 2 p.m.
Discovery Play for Babies
Engage your baby's senses at the library! Babies ages 4 to 24 months and their caregivers are invited to participate in a variety of activities during an open house sensory play session at the Main Library on Thursday, Jan. 31 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Help your child grow creatively, socially, emotionally and physically by stimulating the senses through play. We'll provide all the supplies, along with more ideas for how you can continue the learning at home. No pre-registration is required for this event.
Monster Jam Driver 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 on Thursday, Jan. 31 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.
Paws for Reading
Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will again be lending an ear on Saturday, February 9 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 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 to register.
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! January sessions will take place at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be take place at the Main Library on Friday, Feb. 15 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.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Children's Services Department. We'll be happy to help!