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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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Design a Bookmark Contest

Calling all artists! The Fargo Public Library has run out of bookmarks and we need help! So get out your pens and pencils and create something original for our 6th annual Design a Bookmark Contest. Kids ages 12 and under are invited to enter up to 3 bookmark designs. Entry forms are available online or at any Fargo Public Library location. Entries will be accepted at all locations from March 1-31. One winner will be chosen from each age group: 0-5, 6-8, 9-12, and announced on April 10. The top three designs (as chosen by library staff) will be made into full color bookmarks that will be printed and distributed at all Fargo Public Library locations and at library events. View past years' winners anytime at the Main Library Children's Department - good luck!

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Baby Rhyme Time

Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, April 2 and Thursday, April 16 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.

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Hans Christian Andersen Story and Craft

Children ages 4 and up, teens and adults are invited to celebrate Hans Christian Andersen’s 210th birthday! Join us at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. or at the Main Library on Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. We'll enjoy the classic story The Nightingale and make a beautiful papercraft inspired by the story. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 241-1495.

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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 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.

Little Squirt
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. April sessions will be held at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be held at the Main Library on Friday, April 10 at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is required and may be completed online or by calling 241-1495.

Paws for ReadingPaws for Reading program

Our furry friends from Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will again be lending an ear on Saturday, April 11, for our final session of the season, 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.

Jerry Pallotta
Author Visit

Children’s book author Jerry Pallotta will visit to the Main Library on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. The writer of both fiction and non-fiction will share his journey from insurance salesman to published writer of numerous books. Pallotta will take the audience behind the scenes of the writing process and share some of the tricks of the trade. This kid-friendly event is co-sponsored by The Valley Reading Council. No registration is required and books will be available for purchase.

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Toddler Dance Party

Does your little one love to move and groove? Join us for a morning of music and mayhem at our Toddler Dance Party! Kids ages birth through age 5 are invited to the Main Library on Thursday, April 16; the Northport Branch on Tuesday, April 21; and the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Wednesday, April 22 anytime between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. for a whole lotta shakin'! We'll have snacks, crafts, games, music, and lots of fun, fun, fun! No registration is required. For groups larger than 5, please contact Cindy L. at 241-1496.