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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.

 Marshmallow Bunnies
Peeps® Diorama Contest for Kids

Peeps® lovers in preschool through 6th grade are in for a treat as we host our first ever Peeps Diorama Contest for Kids! Create a diorama in a shoe or boot box using one or more of the gooey marshmallow desserts as characters in a scene. Diorama themes must be based on something you can check out at the Fargo Public Library (ex. books, movies, music, etc.). Bring your creation to the Children's Room at the Main Library anytime between Monday, April 3 and Saturday, April 8. Dioramas will be on display during National Library week, April 9-15. During this time ballots will be available for voting at the Main Library. Voting will be by popular choice in three different age groups. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 18 and prizes will be awarded. Guidelines and entry forms are available online or at any Fargo Public Library location. 

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8th Annual Design a Bookmark Contest

March is Youth Art Month and the Fargo Public Library is commemorating creativity with the 8th Annual Design a Bookmark Contest. Entry forms are available online or at any Fargo Public Library location. Fill the space with your most brilliant creation and return it to any Fargo Public Library location before close on Friday, March 31. The top designs (as voted on by library staff) will be made into full color bookmarks that will be printed and distributed throughout the following year at all library branches and library events. This contest is open to children 12 and under.

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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!

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.

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 March meetings take place on Thursday, March 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, March 25 at 10 a.m. - Do You See What I See!
Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m. - Make It Count!

 Peeps in Bowl
Peep-O-Rama! Peeps® Workshop

Kids ages 5-12 are invited to join us at the Main Library on Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. for a Peeps® diorama-making event. Bring a shoe or boot box and some theme ideas. We'll have all sorts of craft supplies and Peeps® (quantities are limited) available to create your diorama. Participants are welcome to enter their creations in the Peeps® Diorama Contest taking place the following week. Space is limited so 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 6 and Thursday, April 20 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.

Harper and Neela
Paws for Reading

Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will be lending an ear for the final time this season on Saturday, April 8 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.