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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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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 Crafts 2017Library location. Check it out!

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.

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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 6, 13, 20, and 27. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.

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Baby Rhyme Time

Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on 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.

Every Child ReadyKindergarten 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, April 22 at 10 a.m. - Do You See What I See?
Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m. - Make It Count!

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Have you ever wondered how to saddle a horse, or about what they eat? Well, strap on some chaps and spurs and head on over to the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m. to learn all things HORSE! Local horse experts from 3 Gems Boarding Stables and Horseback Riding Academy will share great stories and bring equipment to show us how things work. Even a horse will make an appearance! All ages are welcome and no pre-registration is required.

Life Size Candyland®

It's back and it's sugary-er than ever! It's Candyland® taken to a whole new level - life size! On Saturday, April 29, we'll make a day of it at the Main Library and play multiple rounds of the game. We'll have new characters, crafts, and other board game activities. Rounds for all ages will begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with other activities in between. No pre-registration is required, so spend the day or drop in whenever. All materials, including sweets and treats will be provided.