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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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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 6th 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 Library 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, and announced on April 10. 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 at library events. View past years' winners anytime at the Main Library Children's Department - good luck!

Baby Rhyme Timebaby clapping

Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, March 5 and Thursday, March 19 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.

Chess Pieces 
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 March meetings take place on Thursday, March 5, 12, 19 and 26. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.

Cat in the Hat 
A Seusstastic Celebration!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss in spectacular style! Join us at the Main Library on Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. for Seuss-tastic stories read by Thing 1 and Thing 2, crafts, and birthday cake. We'll also welcome a very special guest! Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 241-1495. This event is best suited for kids ages 4 and up. Don't forget your camera!

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. March sessions will be held at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Thursday, March 12 at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be held at the Main Library on Friday, March 13 at 11 a.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration is 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, March 14 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.Chomp by Carl

Associates in Adventure Book Club

Our book club for kids in grades 4 to 7, the A.I.A. (Associates in Adventure) Book Club, will next meet at 4 p.m. at the Main Library on Tuesday, March 17. We'll discuss Chomp by Carl Hiaasen. We'll also have activities, snacks and crafts, and a lot of fun! Pre-registration is required. Pick up a copy of the monthly selected title and register at the Children's Desk at the Main Library, or call 241-1495.

Baby FairParents and baby

Parents of infants and toddlers, and expectant parents, are invited to the Main Library on Saturday, March 21 between 10 a.m. and noon for a Baby Fair open house! We'll have crafts, games, refreshments, giveaways and tons of information on parenting and child care from a variety of community professionals. Presentations will also be held every half hour and no registration is required:

10 a.m. - Every Child Ready to Read (Fargo Public Library)
10:30 a.m. - Family & Friends CPR/First Aid (FM Ambulance)
11 a.m. - Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention (Safe Kids Fargo/Moorhead)
11:30 a.m. - Family & Friends CPR/First Aid (FM Ambulance)

Alien Craft
Out-of-This-World Alien Story and Craft

Join us for an out-of-this-world experience at our alien event! We'll share an alien-themed story or two, make an alien craft, and enjoy alien-themed snacks. The fun takes place at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Monday, March 23 at 4 p.m. and at the Northport Branch on Tuesday, March 24 at 4 p.m. This event is most appropriate for kids ages 3 to 8 years old. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 241-1495.