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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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Crafternoons at Carlson!

Welcome to Crafternoons at Carlson! Join us on Mondays each week at the Dr. James Carlson Branch, anytime between 3 and 4:30 p.m. as we feature a new craft for kids ages 12 and under to make and take. We'll supply all of the materials – you supply the imagination! No registration is required.

Little Squirt ScienceLittle Squirt

Preschoolers ages 3-5 can learn about their world each month through science activities and stories that provide a little knowledge and a lot of fun! Sessions take place during the second week of each month from September through April. October sessions will be held at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be held at the Main Library on Friday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 241-1495.

Paws for Reading program
Paws for Reading

Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will again be lending an ear on Saturday, Oct. 10 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.

Goosebumps LibraryLand

We've got shivers running down our spines as we wait for the upcoming Goosebumps movie to be released, and our favorite/creepiest characters to be unleashed on the screen! Kids in grades 3 and up are invited to prepare for the excitement with Goosebumps-themed activities and crafts at the Main Library on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. No registration is required. It'll be a real scream! For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.

National Fossil Day 2015 
Stompers, Scratchers and Diggers: How Animals Leave Their Mark on the World

Calling all future paleontologists! The Fargo Public Library is joining organizations across the country in celebrating National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Kids of all ages are invited to the Main Library at 6:30 p.m. to hear Dr. Lydia Tackett, Assistant Professor of Geology at NDSU, explain how paleontologists learn about the lives of extinct animals by studying the traces left behind. We'll examine huge corkscrew burrows from ancient grasslands, dinosaur footprints, and even fossil poop! No registration is required.

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Baby Rhyme Time

Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Oct. 15 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 October meetings take place on Thursday, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.

The Alphabet's Trip to Africa! Storytime with local author Bethlehem Gronneberg

 Bethlehem Gronnenberg
Calling all explorers and adventurers! Come journey with the English Alphabet to a unique and mysterious land called Ethiopia! Bethlehem Gronneberg, author of The Alphabet Takes a Journey: Destination Ethiopia!, will share her recent work with children and their parents on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Main Library. Gronneberg, is an American who was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. By writing from her roots, she wishes to share with children her great memories of growing up in Ethiopia and to spark their curious minds of the world at large. Copies of her book will be available for purchase.