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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!

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.

Chicka Chicka 
Storytime Superstars Story and Craft

You know ’em and love ’em! They are the superstars of the picture book universe and we’re bringing these beloved stories to you in a special series of storytime and craft programs. Join us at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 26 at the Dr. James Carlson Branch or at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 27 at the Main Library for Bill Martin Jr.'s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. This program is most appropriate for children ages 7 and younger but all ages are welcome to attend. All materials will be provided and no registration is necessary.

Mario Magnet
DIY Kid's Club

Warm up those glue guns and get out the googly eyes – we’re going crafting! Join us for the DIY Kid’s Club for students in grades 3–6. This kid-friendly craft club features a different project each month. Our March project will be Perler Fuse Bead Magnets. We'll next meet at the Main Library on Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. All materials are provided, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 241-1495.

LEGO ClubLego Club

Calling all LEGO fans! Whether you're a great LEGO builder or a first timer, come down to the Main Library every fourth Saturday of the month and drop in anytime between 2–4 p.m. for our LEGO Club. Our next meeting takes place on Saturday, March 28. The library will provide the LEGOs, you provide the imagination! All materials must stay at the library, so bring a camera to capture your adventures. Please leave your LEGOs at home. We don't want you to lose your favorite pieces. No registration is required.

Hans Christian 
Hans Christian Andersen Story and Craft

Children ages 4 and up, teens and adults are invited to celebrate Hans Christian Andersen’s 210th birthday! Join us at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. or at the Main Library on Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. We'll enjoy the classic story The Nightingale and make a beautiful papercraft inspired by the story. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 241-1495.

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Baby Rhyme Time

Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, April 2 and Thursday, April 16 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 April meetings take place on Thursday, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.