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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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Winter Read-a-Thon

The 2015 Winter-Read-a-Thon begins Monday, Jan. 5 and continues through Saturday, Feb. 28. Track your reading to earn prizes! Simply print off a book log (Pre-Readers or Readers) or pick one up at any Fargo Public Library location and get reading. Warm up your winter with books and music...and take home some great prizes!

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Winter Storytime

Registration for the 2015 Winter Storytime session for toddlers and preschoolers is now open. This weekly session begins Jan. 12 and runs through April 15.  Registration may be completed online, at any Fargo Public Library location, or by calling 241-1495. See our Storytime page for days and times.

Family ZumbaZumba Class

Join us for a great workout for the whole family! Instructors from the YMCA will be at the library to teach an introductory Zumba class suitable for all ages. Sessions will be held at the Main Library on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m.; at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Monday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m.; and at the Northport Branch on Monday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Come prepared to get up and move! No registration is required for this free event.

Chess PiecesChess 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 January meetings take place on Thursday, Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29. No Chess Club will be held on Jan. 1 due to the holiday. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.

Baby Rhyme Timebaby clapping

Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Feb. 5 and Thursday, Feb. 19 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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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. February sessions will be held at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be held at the Main Library on Friday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. Space is limited. 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, Feb. 14 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.

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Associates in Adventure Book Club

Our book club for kids in grades 4 to 7, the A.I.A. (Associates in Adventure) Book Club, will next meet at 4 p.m. at the Main Library on Tuesday, Feb. 17. We'll discuss Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood by Nathan Hale. We'll also have activities, snacks and crafts, and a lot of fun! Pre-registration is required. Pick up a copy of the monthly selected title and register at the Children's Desk at the Main Library, or call 241-1495.