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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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Baby Rhyme Time

Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Oct. 2 and Thursday, Oct. 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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Chess Club

All ages and skill levels 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 October meetings take place on Oct. 2, 9, 1623 and 30. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.

AlexAlexanderander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Bash

Ever feel like you're having a very bad day? Alexander can relate! Get ready for the movie version of Judith Viorst's classic book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by joining us at the Main Library on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. for an Alexander-themed storytime and craft event. We'll read the story and make Bad Day Bags! This program is geared towards kids ages 4 to 9 years old. Pre-registration is required. Register online or call 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, Oct. 11 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.

National Fossil Day 2014
National Fossil Day Celebration

Shell crushing and boring organisms changed the future of marine life during the Mesozoic Era. Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Main Library on Wednesday, Oct. 15 when NDSU Geologist Dr. Lydia Tackett shares the story of the Mesozoic Marine Revolution and the rise of the shell crushers! All ages are invited to this special presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. Kids will also dig for a fossil to take home! This event is held in partnership with the ND Association for Women Geoscientists. No registration is required.Pokemon Pikachu

Pokemon Day @ Your Library

Gotta catch 'em all! Gotta catch 'em all! Kids in grades K-8 are invited to join us for some fun-filled Pokemon-related activities at the Main Library on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. Following the activities, we'll watch the Pokemon movie Mew vs. Mew Two, beginning at 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required for the activities part of the day, but the movie screening is open to all.

Movie Make Up
Movie Magic Make-Up for Kids

Learn the tricks of the movie make-up trade just in time for Halloween when actor, director and designer Arch Ellwein shares Hollywood special effects makeup secrets. Watch as he transforms volunteers with startling, sometimes gruesome, results! School-age kids up through 6th grade are invited to join us in the Community Room at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Friday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. No registration is required. Beware – this program is not for the squeamish!

Pumpkin Decorating and Caramel ApplesPumpkin decorated

Grab a pumpkin and bring your sweet tooth to the library! Kids of all ages are invited to decorate pumpkins and make scrumptious caramel apples at our Pumpkin Decorating and Caramel Apple Parties. Join us at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Monday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m., or at the Northport Branch on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. Please bring one pumpkin per child. We'll supply the decorations, you provide the creativity! No registration required.