Fargo Public Library - Children's Department
The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
Design a Bookmark Contest
Calling all artists! The Fargo Public Library has run out of bookmarks and we need help! So get out your pens and pencils and create something original for our 5th annual Design a Bookmark Contest. Kids ages 12 and under are invited to enter up to 3 bookmark designs. Entry forms are available online or at any Fargo Public Location. Entries will be accepted at all locations from March 1-31. One winner will be chosen from each age group: 0-5, 6-8, 9-12. The top three designs (as chosen by library staff) will be made into full color bookmarks that will be printed and distributed at all Fargo Public Library locations and library events. View past year's winners anytime at the Main Library Children's Department!
Baby Rhyme Time
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, March 6 and Thursday, March 20 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.
All ages and skill levels are invited to a 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 March meetings take place on March 6, 13, 20,and 27. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.
Paws for Reading
Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will again be lending an ear on Saturday, March 8 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.
Kids of all ages are invited to join us in a salute to the 42nd running of America’s “Last Great Race,” the Iditarod. On Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. we’ll learn all about dog-sledding when we welcome musher Helen Corlew, and a canine member of her dog sled team from Prairie Isle Dog Trekking, to the Main Library. We’ll find out what goes into building a dog sled team and learn about the equipment needed to hit the trail. We’ll also listen to a story about the Iditarod and build our own miniature dog sled! No registration is required for this program.
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. Now preschoolers ages 3-5 can learn about their world at the Fargo Public Library’s new science program, “Little Squirt Science.” Each month through May, science activities and stories will provide a little knowledge and a lot of fun! Our next sessions will be held on March 13 at 11 a.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Branch and 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library. A third session will be take place at the Main Library on March 14 at 11 a.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling Children’s Services at 241-1495.
Magic Tree House Book Club
Join us in the Magic Tree House! Kids in grades 1-4 are invited to explore with Jack and Annie at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Sunday, March 16 when we meet for the next session of the Magic Tree House Book Club. This month we'll take a look at the book, Earthquake in the Early Morning. Discussion and other fun activities begin at 2 p.m. Pick up a copy of the book at the Dr. James Carlson Branch Information Desk. Pre-registration is required and may be completed at the information desk, or by calling 241-1495.
A Series of Unfortunate Events Book Club
In the words of Lemony Snicket, if you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off joining some other book club. But if you insist on reading the heartbreaking tales of the Baudelaire orphans, the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” Book Club is open to kids in grades 3-6, and will next meet at the Main Library on Tuesday, March 18 at 4 p.m. We’ll discuss The Penultimate Peril. Readers new to the series and re-readers are welcome! Registration is required and may be completed at the Main Library's Children’s desk. Copies of the book are available for pick up.