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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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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!

Purple Snowman
Winter Read-a-Thon

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.

Crafts 2017
Crafternoons at Carlson

Crafternoons at Carlson returns on Monday, Jan. 23 to the Dr. James Carlson Branch. Children up to age 12 are welcome to drop in Mondays through May 22 between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to get crafty at the library. Each week we'll feature a new craft. We supply all of the materials - you supply the imagination! No pre-registration is required. Please note: there will be no Crafternoons on Feb. 20.

 Tooth and Brush 
Take Care of Your Teeth! Story and Craft

Take a closer look at your chompers during National Children's Dental Health Month with a special story and craft session. The fun takes place at the Northport Branch on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m.; at the Dr. James Carlson Library branch on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m.; and at the Main Library on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to all ages, but will best be enjoyed by children ages 2-6. No pre-registration is required.

Shell Fossils
Darwin Day 2017

What determines whether a species survives? Why are some creatures now extinct? Find out when Paleontologist Becky Barnes, from the North Dakota Geological Survey, visits the Main Library on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. for an all-ages presentation on evolution. She'll bring skeletons and fossils, and lead us in an extinction game where participants create an organism, then see if it survives. We'll also have a Charles Darwin look-alike contest! No pre-registration is required.

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 February meetings take place on Thursday, February 2, 9, 16, and 23. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.

Every Child Ready
Kindergarten Success! Storytime Series

Drop into one, or all, of our special storytime and activity sessions focused on preparing your child for Kindergarten success. Library staff will share tips for strategies you can use to instill a love of reading in your child and help get them ready to learn - all while having super storytime fun! These are parent/child storytimes geared for your child's success, therefore, we ask one adult per child to keep the learning to the max. This program series will be held at the Main Library and is most appropriate for children ages 3-5. No pre-registration is required. Activities will follow each storytime session and every child will leave with a new book.
Saturday, February 25 at 10 a.m. - Write All About It!
Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m. - Do You See What I See!
Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m. - Make It Count!

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Baby Rhyme Time

Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, March 2 and Thursday, March 16 for the next sessions of lapsit storytimes. Held the first and third 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.

Read Across America
A Seusstastic Day!

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! The Fargo Public Library, in conjunction with the Valley Reading Council, will once again be celebrating Read Across America Day and the stories of Dr. Seuss. Join us for hilarious read-alouds and "Seusstastical" activities at the Main Library on Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. Come dressed as your favorite character if you like! All ages are welcome, but this event is most appropriate for children ages 3-10 years old. No pre-registration is required.