Fargo Public Library - Children's Department
The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
Introducing The Children's Chapter
The Children's Services department now has its own newsletter! Called The Children's Chapter, this supplement to the library's Title Page newsletter lists all of the upcoming children's events and activities. It also includes recommended reads, book reviews, literacy tips and more. Our first issue covers events from December through May and is available online or at any Fargo Public Library location. Check it out!
Create your own path during the 2017 Winter-Read-a-Thon! From Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Sunday, Feb. 26, kids can track their reading progress to earn prizes. Simply print off a book log (Pre-Readers or Readers) or pick one up at any Fargo Public Library location. Chase away the winter blahs with a good book...and take home some great prizes! For more information, contact the Children's Services department at 701-241-1495.
Registration for the 2017 Winter Storytime session for toddlers and preschoolers is now open. This weekly session begins Jan. 9 and runs through April 12. Registration may be completed online, at any Fargo Public Library location, or by calling 241-1495. See our Storytime page for days and times.
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 January meetings take place on Thursday, January 5, 12, 19, and 26. 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, Jan. 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.
Marble Maze Mania!
How sl-o-o-o-w can you go? Kids in grades 3-6 are invited to the Main Library on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. to make marble mazes and test them to find the most creative run! Working in teams or individually (space permitting), kids will choose supplies from our reusable materials to build their creations. All materials will be provided. No pre-registration is required.
Baby Rhyme Time
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Jan. 19 for the next sessions of lapsit storytimes. Held the first Thursday of each month, Baby Rhyme Time takes place at the Dr. James Carlson Library at 10 a.m., and at the Main Library at 6:30 p.m. Share songs, fingerplays, short books, rhythms and rhymes with your baby while introducing them to books and the library! Each session concludes with open play time. No registration is required. One child per grown-up lap please.
Book Club Time Machine
Each month in our book club, kids in grades 3-7 travel back in time and experience an earlier decade through reading. We have discussion, activities, crafts, snacks and a little history! Our meetings are held at the Main Library on the third Wednesday of each month through April. On Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. we'll travel to the 1970s and take a look at Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. Copies of the book may be picked up at the Main Library Children’s Desk. Pre-registration is required and may be completed by calling 241-1495.
Chinese New Year Celebration
Happy Chinese New Year! Join the Concordia College Chinese Club at the Main Library on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. for a Chinese New Year's celebration. We'll have a storytime with books read in English and Chinese, a Chinese New Year's craft, and also some festive activities for children of all ages. No pre-registration is required.
Jeff Smith's Bone Family Picnic
Do you love the Bone cousins' adventures and want to celebrate them with other fans? Whether you're just starting to read Jeff Smith's graphic novel series Bone, or have read them all, join us at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. for activities, crafts and snacks related to the books. No prune tarts, we promise! This program is open to children in grades 4-12. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 701-241-1495.