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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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Fall Storytime Fun

Back-to-school time means back-to-storytime at the Fargo Public Library! The 2015 fall storytime session begins Sept. 14 and runs through Dec. 16. Registration for this 14 week session opens Monday, August 10 and may be completed online, at any Fargo Public Library location, or by calling 241-1495.

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Baby Rhyme Time

Babies ages birth to 18 months are invited to join us on Thursday, Sept. 3 and Thursday, Sept. 17 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 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 Sepember meetings take place on Thursday, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24. No registration is required. For more information, contact Children's Services at 241-1495.

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Outdoor Picnic Storytime

Bring a snack and a blanket and join us on the lawn under the big Elm Tree outside the Main Library for a special storytime on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome, however this event is geared for kids age 5 and younger and their families. Lemonade will be served. No registration is required.

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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 September through April. September sessions will be held at the Dr. James Carlson Branch on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. and at the Main Library on Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. A third session will be held at the Main Library on Friday, Sept. 11 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 are returning for another season of reading fun at the library. Beginning Sept. 12, Reading Therapy pets will be available on the second Saturday of each month (through April) to 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 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.