Fargo Public Library - Children's Department
The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
Crafternoons @ Carlson
Children up to age 12 are welcome to stop by the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Mondays between 3 and 4:30 p.m. for a weekly craft project. No registration is required and all materials will be provided. Drop in and get crafty at your library! Our last session of Crafternoons at Carlson for the season will take place Monday, Dec. 19. We'll return on Jan. 23.
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 December meetings take place on Thursday, December 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.
Little Squirt Science
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 Sept. through April. December sessions will be held at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be held at the Main Library on Friday, Dec. 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
Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will again be lending an ear on Saturday, Dec. 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.
Family Holiday Concert with the FM Choral Artists
Families and kids of all ages are invited to get in the holiday spirit as we welcome the FM Choral Artists for a special concert featuring songs of the season. Join us at the Main Library on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10:15 a.m. for this musical treat. No registration is required.
Storytime and Visit with FM Ballet
Rescheduled: Get into the Christmas spirit on Tuesday, Dec. 13 as we welcome cast members from FM Ballet to the Main Library for a special storytime and a sneak peek at their annual holiday classic ballet, The Nutcracker. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Remember to bring your camera to this all ages event. No registration is required.
Baby Rhyme Time
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Dec. 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.
Book Club Time Machine
Each month in our book club, kids in grades 3-7 travel back in time and experience an earlier decade through reading. We have discussion, activities, crafts, snacks and a little history! Our meetings are held at the Main Library on the third Wednesday of each month through April. On Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. we'll travel to the 1960s and take a look at The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary. Copies of the book may be picked up at the Main Library Children’s Desk. Pre-registration is required and may be completed by calling 241-1495.
LEGO Mania: LEGO Design Contest for Kids
Show off your creativity at the Fargo Public Library's annual Lego Mania Design Contest! Kids 12 and under are invited to participate. Build an original creation at home, then bring it to the Main Library on Thursday, Dec. 29 between 2 and 3 p.m. Judging will begin at 3 p.m. and winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Games and other activities will take place in the Children's Room to pass the time while we await the judges' decisions. Preregistration is required and can be completed by calling 241-1495. Before you begin to build, please check out the rules and guidelines. Good luck!