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Fargo Public Library - Children's Department

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


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Crafternoons at Carlson!

Welcome to Crafternoons at Carlson! Join us on Mondays each week at the Dr. James Carlson Branch, anytime between 3 and 4:30 p.m. as we feature a new craft for kids ages 12 and under to make and take. We'll supply all of the materials – you supply the imagination! No registration is required. A Christmas Carol 

A Christmas Carol

The Fargo Public Library will be ushering in the holiday season with a special presentation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, performed by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company, at the Main Library on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to view this classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. No registration is required.

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Baby Rhyme Time

Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Dec. 3 and Thursday, Dec. 17 for the next sessions of lapsit storytimes. Held the first and third Thursdays of each month, Baby Rhyme Time takes place at the Dr. James Carlson Branch at 10 a.m., and at the Main Library at 6:30 p.m. Share songs, fingerplays, short books, rhythms and rhymes with baby while introducing your little one to books and the library! Each session concludes with open play time. No registration is required. One child per grown-up lap please.

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Chess Club

All ages 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 December meetings take place on Thursday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17. Please note that no meeting will be held on Dec. 24 or 31 due to the holidays. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.

Little Squirt 
Little Squirt Science

Preschoolers ages 3-5 can 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. December sessions will be held at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be held at the Main Library on Friday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration required and may be completed online or by calling 241-1495.

Paws for ReadingPaws for Reading program

Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will again be lending an ear on Saturday, Dec. 12 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 take place between 1 and 3 p.m. at the Main Library. Bring your own books to read or choose from a selection of library books. Call 241-1495 to register.

How to Train
Start a Series Book Club

The Start a Series Book Club is a club for kids in grades 3-6. Each month we read the first book from a series when we meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Main Library. Our December selection will be How to Train Your Dragon. Join us for our next meeting on Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. as we discuss this book and take part in some fun activities! Pre-registration is required and may be completed at the Children's Desk or by calling 241-1495. Books are also available at the Children's Desk.