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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.

Children Winners Circle
On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!


Don't get left behind! Be ready to move and groove as we exercise our bodies and our minds during the 2016 Summer Reading Program. From June 6 to August 6, keep track of time spent reading to earn a free book and other prizes. And be sure to attend some of the many fun events and activities we have planned, beginning with Opening Ceremonies at the Main Library. Reading and Activity Logs will be available online or at any Fargo Public Library location beginning June 6. Don't miss the mark - it's all happening at the library this summer!

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This summer the Fargo Public Library is teaming up with Skate City (3302 Interstate Blvd. S, Fargo) for a wheelie fun time! Kids can present their Fargo Public Library card to get $2.00 off admission Monday through Friday from 12-2 p.m. or 2-4 p.m. (Skating on weekends and later weeknight hours requires the standard admission rate.)


July 18-23: Take a Playcation!

Let's Play! Imagination Story and Craft: Let your imagination soar with stories, crafts and activities! No registration required.
July 18, 10 a.m., Main Library (Ages 1-3)
July 18, 11 a.m., Main Library (Ages 4-6)
July 19, 10 a.m., Northport Branch (Ages 1-3)
July 19, 11 a.m., Northport Branch (Ages 4-6)
July 20, 10 a.m., Dr. James Carlson Branch (Ages 1-3)
July 20, 11 a.m., Dr. James Carlson Branch (Ages 4-6)

Drive-In Movie Night: Build your own cardboard car, park it in the best spot you can find, and enjoy a drive-in movie at the library. For ages 4-9. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 701-241-1495.
July 18, 6 p.m., Main Library

Parachute Play Day: Learn the importance of teamwork while playing a variety of parachute games like Popcorn, Shark Attack and Poison Snakes. We'll have a hoot with parachutes! For ages 5-12. No registration is required.Boy with baseball
July 20, 2 p.m., Dr. James Carlson Branch

Family Fort Night: Build the ultimate fort at the library! Bring the whole family, some blankets, and your imaginations to build a fort, make a craft, and have a special digital storytime. All ages. No registration is required.
July 21, 6 p.m., Northport Branch

Free Friday Movie: Toy Story (PG)
July 22, 1 p.m., Dr. James Carlson Branch
July 22, 1 p.m., Northport Branch


July 25-30: Amazing Animal Athletes


Mush! Hike! Let's Go!: CANCELLED due to injury.

Animals in Action Story and Activities: Celebrate animal athletes with stories crafts, and other activities! For ages 1-3. No registration is required.
July 25, 6:30 p.m., Main Library
July 27, 10 a.m., Northport Branch

A Horse, Of Course!: A horse at the library? Of course! Meet barrel-racing, English jumping, equine athlete Blue Diamonds and her owner Courtney and find out all about horses. All ages. No registration required.
July 26, 10 a.m., Dr. James Carlson BranchSports Equipment

On Your Mark, Get Set...for Magic! Summer Reading Program Wrap Up wi th Magician Jeff Quinn: Close out the summer reading program with an amazing magic show featuring sports, racing, and Olympics-related tricks. All ages. No registration is required.
July 27, 6:30 p.m., Dr. James Carlson Branch

Free Friday Movie: Turbo (PG)
July 29, 1 p.m., Dr. James Carlson Branch
July 29, 1 p.m., Northport Branch


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 July meetings take place on Thursday, July 7, 14, 21 and 28. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.

Baby Rhyme
Baby Rhyme Time


Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, July 21 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.