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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.

Every Hero Has a Story
Every Hero Has a Story

Join us for a heroic summer at the Fargo Public Library! Earn a free book and take part in some of the many fun events and activities we have planned during the 2015 Summer Reading Program, running from June 1 through August 8. From super heroes and their sidekicks to those every day heroes living among us and more, each week is dedicated to different kinds of heroes.

Pick up a Reading Log at one of our library locations or online beginning June 1. Pre-readers complete a  trail of activities while readers keep track of the time spent reading to earn some cool prizes and a book. Then be sure to check out some of our super events!

July 20-25: Gutsy Girls

Magnificent Maisy Story and Craft: Celebrate everyone’s favorite mouse with stories and a craft featuring Maisy, Cyril, Eddie and Tallulah. No registration is required. Most appropriate for kids ages 2-4.
July 20, 10 a.m., Northport Branch
July 21, 10 a.m., Main Library
July 23, 10 a.m., Dr. James Carlson Branch

Ladybug Girl Story and Craft: It’s Ladybug Girl and her trusty sidekick Bingo – here to save the day! Spend a morning sharing her stories and making a craft. No registration is required. Most appropriate for kids ages 4-6.
July 20, 11 a.m., Northport Branch
July 21, 11 a.m., Main Library
July 23, 11 a.m., Dr. James Carlson Branch

Marvelous Matilda, Peculiar Pippi, and True Blue Nancy Drew: Matilda can move objects with her mind, Pippi has super strength, and Nancy solves even the most complex mysteries. Which one is your favorite? Discover adventure with these heroines through stories, activities, and crafts. No registration is required. For kids in grades 2-6.
July 20, 2 p.m., Northport Branch
July 21, 2 p.m., Main LibraryCooper Laughing
July 23, 2 p.m., Dr. James Carlson Branch

The Exciting World of Wonder Woman: She's a warrior princess and a superhero! Explore the world of Wonder Woman and all her superpowers with a day of activities, crafts, stories, and snacks. No registration is required. For kids in grades 3-6.
July 25, 10 a.m., Main Library

Free Friday Movie: Brave (Rated PG)
July 24, 1 p.m., Dr. James Carlson Branch
July 24, 1 p.m., Northport Branch

July 27-August 1: Heroes in Time

We Did It! Historic Heroes Who Beat the Odds: Throughout history, rescuers, trail-blazers, scientists and others have beaten the odds to accomplish heroic feats. Learn about some of these famous and not-so-famous heroes of the past through stories, crafts and other activities. No registration is required. Appropriate for ages 4-8.
July 27, 10 a.m., Dr. James Carlson Branch
July 29, 10 a.m., Northport Branch

Let Freedom Ring!: Since the founding of our country, many heroes have worked hard to provide freedom for all. Celebrate these heroes with stories, crafts, and more! No registration required. For kids in grades 3-6.
July 27, 2 p.m., Dr. James Carlson Branch
July 28, 6:30 p.m., Main Library

6th Annual Hit the Big Time Talent Show: (See description below.) Pre-registration is required for participation and may be completed by calling 701-241-1495. For kids in grades 1-12.
July 29, 6:30 p.m., Fargo Theatre

Clara Barton-Patriot Angel: Heroes throughout history are often found on the battlefield saving lives or elsewhere in the midst of conflict, rescuing others. Clara Barton was a different kind of hero - also saving lives and rescuing others - but as a Civil War nurse, founder of the American Red Cross, and activist for civil rights and women's suffrage. Meet this heroic humanitarian when living history presenter Susan Marie Frontczak portrays Clara Barton. No registration is required. All ages.Playpus at Desk
July 30, 2 p.m., Dr. James Carlson Library

Free Friday Movie: Pocahontas (Rated G)
July 31, 1 p.m., Dr. James Carlson Branch
July 31, 1 p.m., Northport Branch

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

Kids playing instruments
6th Annual Talent Show

Let your star shine! Area kids and teens in grades 1-12 are invited to enter the 6th annual "Hit the Big Time" Talent Show! If you sing, dance, juggle, play an instrument or have any other performing skills, join us at the Fargo Theatre's Second Screen on Wednesday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m. All participants will receive prizes, and trophies will be awarded in three different age groups.
Contest Guidelines:
•      Must provide own music (if not live, music must be on CD or USB drive), props, etc. (A digital piano is available for use by contestants)
•      All routines, music, lyrics, choreography and costumes must be suitable for all ages
•      Performance not to exceed 5 minutes
•      Must attend rehearsal on Tuesday, July 28 @ 2 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre.
•      Pre-registration is required and may be completed by calling 241-1495

baby clapping
Baby Rhyme Time

Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, August 6 and Thursday, August 20 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.