Fargo Public Library - Children's Department
The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
Visit from FM Ballet
Get into the Christmas spirit on Tuesday, Dec. 3 as we welcome cast members from FM Ballet to the Main Library for a special storytime and a sneak peek at their annual holiday classic ballet, The Nutcracker. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Remember to bring your camera to this all ages event. No registration is required.
Baby Rhyme Time
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Thursday, Dec. 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.
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 December meetings take place on Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.
Get crafty and celebrate the season with us at the library! Kids ages 4-9 years old are invited to make a special ornament to hang on their tree. Sessions will take place at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Monday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. and at the Main Library on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 241-1495.
Paws for Reading
Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will again be lending an ear on Saturday, Dec. 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.
Magic Tree House Book Club
Join us in the Magic Tree House! Each month we explore with Jack and Annie in the Magic Tree House Book Club at the Dr. James Carlson Branch. On Dec. 15 we'll take a look at Civil War on Sunday. Meetings begin at 2 p.m. and include discussions and/or activities, games, crafts, and snacks. The Magic Tree House Book Club is open to children in grades 1-4. Pre-registration is required and may be completed by calling 476-5980. Copies of the current book may be picked up at the Carlson Library Information Desk. Please attend even if you didn't finish the book!
Free Friday Movie
Looking for something to do now that the presents are all unwrapped? Join us on Friday, Dec. 27 as we view Despicable Me 2 (rated PG) at both the Main Library and Dr. James Carlson Branch. Showtime is 1 p.m. at both locations, and free popcorn will be served!
Lego Mania Design Contest
Show off your creativity at the Fargo Public Library's fourth annual Lego Mania Design Contest! Kids 12 and under are invited to participate. Build an original creation at home, then bring it to the Main Library on Monday, Dec. 30 between 2 and 3 p.m. Judging will begin at 3 p.m. and winners will be announced at 4 p.m. We'll also have games and other activities to pass the time while we await the judges' decisions. Preregistration is required and can be completed by calling 241-1495. Before you begin to build, please check out the rules and guidelines. Good luck!