The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
Back-to-school time means back-to-storytime at the Fargo Public Library! The 2017 fall storytime session begins September 11 and runs through December 13. Registration for this 14-week session is now open and may be completed online, at any Fargo Public Library location, or by calling 701.241.1495. See our Storytime page for days and times.
Little Squirt Science
Back for another season, Little Squirt Science helps preschoolers ages 3-5 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 second week of each month from Sept. through April. September sessions will be held at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be held at the Main Library on Friday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 701.241.1495.
All ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the Fargo Public Library’s Chess Club! Meetings are held every Thursday between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the Fercho Room at the downtown Main Library. Our September meetings take place on Thursday, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 701.241.1495.
Kindergarten Success! Storytime Series
Drop in to one, or all, of these special storytime and activity sessions focused on preparing your child for Kindergarten success. Library staff will share tips for easy strategies 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 max. 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, Sept. 16 @ 10 a.m. - Write All About It!
Saturday, Oct. 21 @ 10 a.m. - You'll Sing, I'll Sing!
Saturday, Nov. 25 @ 10 a.m. - Make It Count!
Saturday, Dec. 16 @ 10 a.m. - Do You See What I See?
Baby Rhyme Time
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Sept. 21, 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.
Fall Is Here! Craft and Storytime
It's the first day of fall and we're celebrating! Let's read a few stories and make some fun, fall art projects at the Dr. James Carlson Library. Kids ages 3-6 are invited to join us on Friday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. No pre-registration is required.
Take a trip down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy’s friends, the Lion and Scarecrow! On Saturday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. the beloved characters (played by Judy Garland Festival veterans Jeff Kortman and Tom Hendricks) will take kids through the story of the Wizard of Oz at the Main Library. Using a pop up story book and props to plot their journey, everyone will enter the world of make believe only to return home where the heart is. Audience members get to join in the fun by playing the other characters, providing sound effects, and helping the characters thru the many twists and turns. This event is open to all ages, but is most appropriate for kids 5 and older. No pre-registration is required.
Crafternoons at Carlson
Crafternoons at Carlson return to the Dr. James Carlson Library on Mondays, beginning Sept. 25. Children up to age 12 are welcome to drop by the library anytime between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for a weekly craft project. Stop in and get crafty at the library! No pre-registration is required.
Calling All Ballet Dancers!
On Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m., Gasper's School of Dance will be coming to the Main Library to tell some fun dancing stories and teach a mini-ballet class. Kids ages 3 to 12 are invited to put on their tights and tutus and plie' their way to library! No pre-registration is required.
Choose Your Own Adventure: Storytelling with Code
uCodeGirl Jr. Edition invites creators, storytellers, adventurers, and artists to use their imagination to construct a tale with twists and turns. You are the star of the story. You get to decide how the story ends. An exciting opportunity for your curious mind to write a digital story using code. Draw inspiration from classic fables and fairy tales, or write an original story to illustrate your idea. Join us at the Main Library on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. or at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. This event is open to kids in grades 4 – 6. Space is limited so pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 701.241.1495
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Children's Services Department. We'll be happy to help!