The Children's Services Department offers a variety of materials and programming for children and their families.
Registration for the 2019 Fall Storytime session for toddlers and preschoolers is now open. This weekly session begins Monday, Sept. 9 and runs through Dec. 11. Registration may be completed online, at any Fargo Public Library location, or by calling 701.241.1495. See our Storytime page for days and times.
Baby Rhyme Time
Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Sept. 19, 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.
Kindergarten Success! Storytime Series
Drop in to one, or all, of these special storytime and activity sessions focused on preparing your child for Kindergarten. Library staff will share tips 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 maximum. This program series will be held at the Main Library and is most appropriate for children ages 3 to 5. No pre-registration is required. Activities will follow each storytime session and every child will leave with a new book!
Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. - Write All About It!
Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. - You'll Sing, I'll Sing!
Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. - Make It Count!
Saturday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. - Do You See What I See?
2019 International Week of the Deaf: American Sign Language Storytime
Friends from the North Dakota School for the Deaf will be our guests at one of our regularly scheduled Fall preschool storytimes. We'll learn what it's like to use American Sign Language to communicate, and share stories using signs. These events are open to all children ages 3 to 6 whether they are registered for Fall Storytime or not.
Monday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. - Main Library
Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. - Northport Branch
Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. - Dr. James Carlson Library
It’s time to get crafty again - Crafternoons is back! Crafternoons returns to the Dr. James Carlson Library on Monday, Sept. 23, and continues through Dec. 16, AND returns to the Northport Branch on Tuesday, Sept. 24, and continues through Dec. 17. Children up to age 12 are welcome to stop by the Dr. James Carlson Library on Mondays anytime between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. or the Northport library on Tuesdays anytime between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for a weekly craft project. Stop by and get crafty at the library! No registration is required. Please note that the same craft will be done at each location.
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 final Friday and Saturday each month from Sept. through April. September sessions will be held at the Main Library on Friday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. and at the Dr. James Carlson Library on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 701.241.1495.
UND Air Racers: The Frozen Force
Did you know that 2019 marked the 90th year of women’s air racing in the U.S.? Following in the footsteps of female aviation pioneers, a team of young women from UND took part in the June 2019 Air Race Classic, flying from Jackson, TN to Welland, Ontario, Canada. On Saturday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Dr. James Carlson Library, they will share their racing experience, explain how they became involved in aviation, and tell us what the future holds for this unique women’s sport. Kids can also make an airplane craft! All ages are invited to attend and no pre-registration is required.
Whether you plie, twirl or two step, you can learn from the best in town with this dance series for kids. Gasper's School of Dance/F-M Ballet, will provide a fun-filled evening once a month at the Main Library downtown. We'll listen to a story and then spend time moving and stretching while getting basic techniques and lessons on different types of dance. This dance series is open to children ages 3 to 12 years. No pre-registration is required.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m.:
Spooky Spectacular Storytime and Ballet Class
Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m.:
Hip Hop! Libraries Bop! Storytime and Ballet Class
Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.:
Nutcracker Sneak Peek Storytime and Ballet Class
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Children's Services Department. We'll be happy to help!