The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
2020 Summer Reading Program
What is your story? We're letting our imaginations run wild this summer during the Imagine Your Story! Summer Reading Program. From June 1 through August 15 kids can earn points by reading books and completeing missions. Books and missions are logged online through READsquared, and points earned can be redeemed at the online prize store. We'll also have lots of virtual events to participate in throughout the summer. Join us beginning June 1 to see where your story leads you!
Battle of the Books Summer Edition: Picturebooks
Battle of the Books is back for the Summer, except this time around Picturebooks are entering the ring! Sixteen Picturebooks will battle, but only one will win! Stop by the Main Library every 2 weeks beginning Monday, June 1 and vote to make sure that your favorite picturebook advances to the next round. You can also cast your vote online. For more information about the Battle of the Picturebooks, contact Children’s Services at 701.241.1495.
June 29 – July 12: Round 3 voting
July 13 – Aug. 9: Round 4 voting
Winner announced Monday, August 10
Crafternoons to Go
It’s time to get crafty again! Crafternoons To Go will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays twice a month beginning June 22. Children up to age 12 are welcome to register online for a craft packet. Then stop by one of the three Fargo Public Library locations during the second and fourth week of the month on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays anytime between 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to pick up a craft packet to take home. Pre-registration is required and will open 2 weeks prior to each session. Please note: this a take home project only. The same craft will be available at each location. Limit 1 craft per child, while supplies last.
Monday, July 6 at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Wednesday, July 8 at the Main Library
Friday, July 10 at the Northport Library
Important Curbside Pick-up information:
When picking up from Dr. James Carlson Library call 701.476.4036 or 701-476-4040.
When picking up from Main Library call 701.241.1495.
When picking up from Northport Library call 701.476.4026.
Monday, July 20 at the Dr. James Carlson Library
Wednesday, July 22 at the Main Library
Friday, July 24 at the Northport Library
Legends and Myths from Mount Olympus
The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company (TLTC) will be offering a virtual performance this summer featuring Legends and Myths from Mount Olympus. Register to view online anytime between Sunday, July 12 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 19 at 7 p.m. During this interactive event, children will become the mountains and the wind as they watch Icarus and Daedalus fly free on wax wings. They'll also help tell the story as they witness Ceyx and Alcyone’s love morph into fantasy so they can stay together for all time, and stave off evil with bravery and courage as Perseus battles the snake-headed Medusa and ultimately turns her into stone.
Registration with email address is required for this event. After registering you will receive an email from the Fargo Public Library with an attachment. The attachment is a promise letter that states you will not record the show (this is mostly done in good faith with an invisible finger signature). The email contains a video key to view the show. Please allow two library business days after registering to receive the email response with your link and video key.
Fun Fairyland Castle Art
Make some art at home with a short lesson! Join us as we make Castle Art with art teacher Mrs. Kristin Ide, who teaches at both Longfellow and Washington Elementary Schools in Fargo. Imagine your story with a castle!
Going Places Book Club Revisited
We’re taking our usual kid’s book club fun, with activities, crafts, discussion, and themed snacks, and adjusting it to a virtual book club for the summer. Participants can read the ebook through the Overdrive app or request to pick-up a print copy at the children’s desk. Craft and activity packets will be available for pick-up for the five days before we meet virtually with GoToMeeting. Pre-registration with an email address is required to log-in with a smart phone or a PC. Please contact the children’s desk with questions, or to arrange book pick-up, at 701.241.1495.
Wednesday, July 15 - Pax
Craft packets for the book club participants available beginning July 10 at 9 am.
Escape the Library: Online Escape Rooms
Are you frightfully clever? Is there no riddle that can stump you? Is there no safe you can’t crack? Well, we have a challenge for you! Join us for Escape the Library! Online, held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. This program is modeled after the popular Escape Room concept, and will be for children ages 6-12. Pre-register for this program to test your wits. Pre-registration will be open 1 week prior to each session. Please note: you will be sent the Escape Room via an email link so you must have a working email address to participate in this online program.
Thursday, July 16
Thursday, August 6
Snackin' With Cin and LJ
Join Cin and LJ as they take you on a summertime snack adventure to learn how to make a tasty treat just right for a summer afternoon or evening! Be sure to watch until the end for a Make Something code you can use for your Summer Reading Program missions.
Get outside and take a stroll through the plaza between the Downtown Fargo Public Library and the Fargo Civic Center to enjoy a StoryWalk with Alison Murry’s picture book Hare and Tortoise. The StoryWalk will be in place Wednesday, June 24 through Saturday, July 11, and features a series of signs using the art and words from the book. This family-friendly activity is spread out to encourage participants to read, move and enjoy the outdoors. The original StoryWalk project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt. and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library to promote literacy.
11th Annual Design a Bookmark Contest Extended Through August 15
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 Saturday, August 15. 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.
Fargo History Hunt
The Fargo History Hunt is back! All ages are once again invited to learn more about the history of our community on an informational scavenger hunt from June 1 to August 15. Given the circumstances we’re faced with these days, however, we’ve made some changes to the program. Participants will be able to pick up a map with a list of questions to answer at any Fargo Public Library location, or print one from our web page. All history-related destinations will be located outdoors and include some of the markers, monuments and statues around town that help tell the unique story of Fargo. Opportunities are available to earn multiple entries in the grand prize drawing for each member of a group. Participants who complete only the walking portion of the map and answer the corresponding questions receive one entry. Complete the entire route, including the drivable portion, and answer the questions to receive a second entry. Take selfies at the locations and tag the library on social media (#FargoHistoryHunt) to earn yet another entry! The final difference in the program this year is that we will be foregoing the puzzle pieces to avoid contact. Get outdoors this year to find Fargo’s history all around us!
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.
Folktales Storytime with Ms. Lauren and Ms. Sarah
Cats Storytime with Ms. Lauren and Ms. Sarah
Bugs Storytime with Ms. Lauren
Bears Storytime with Ms. Sarah and Ms. Lauren
Hats Storytime with Ms. Lauren
Magic, Myth & Mirth Magic Show
Magician Jeff Quinn will be performing a brand new magic show this summer and you can have a front row seat! For the 2020 Summer Reading Program, Jeff is making his show, Magic, Myth and Mirth, available to the Fargo Public Library online. This means that you can watch it at home anytime! He'll have tricks involving dragons, royalty, fairy tales and more! Jeff will also perform an original trick completely in rhyme - and there may even be a trick inspired by a certain boy wizard! All ages are invited to check out this family-friendly show available on the website beginning Monday, June 1. No registration is required.
Have you ever wished you could perform a magic trick as smoothly as a professional magician? Here’s your chance to learn from one of the best! Magician Jeff Quinn will be teaching an online magic class for kids of all ages during the 2020 Summer Reading Program. Tune in anytime between June 1 and August 15 to learn the secrets to some fun tricks using everyday materials from home. Jeff Quinn is an award-winning magician and the 100th president of the Society of American Magicians. He is a skilled magic teacher who teaches magic twice per month to kids in a chapter of the Society of Young Magicians. Learn some sleight of hand and surprise your friends! No registration is required.
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.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Children's Services Department. We'll be happy to help!