Libraries in Fargo & Moorhead | Fun Activities for Kids & Teens

We wanted to share all the great things our local libraries in Fargo, West Fargo, & Moorhead do for our community, as well as the virtual offerings they have. 
So make sure to check them out online, follow them on social media, and support all they do for our families! 

Fargo Public Library

The Fargo Public Library has three locations and has a variety of events geared toward babies, toddlers, school-age children, and teens. Each location has computers with public access to the Internet, Wi-Fi access, and meeting spaces to work, study, or quietly socialize.

Main Library: 102 3rd Street North 

Located in downtown Fargo, this large library has a designated kids section on the first floor (and includes the Wiggle Room play area for littles!). This location also has the Breezeway Cafe on the first floor which has drinks and snacks. The drinks are allowed in the library so you can get your coffee buzz going as the kids play and pick out books.

The second floor holds adult books and public access computers. It also has little nooks to work or read.

Dr. James Carlson Library: 2801 32nd Ave S

The Carlson Library is a smaller, more intimate space with large south-facing windows. The adult, children, and teen sections are all in one large area. Kids will love perusing the books and picking out new favorites. 

Northport Library: 2714 North Broadway

This branch of the Fargo Public Library is situated in North Fargo. It is a small library with a reading area in the front and the children’s section in the back with computers and activities for kids.

Story Time Events

Baby Rhyme Time: Songs, stories, rhythms, and rhymes introduce babies and parents/caregivers to books and the library. This session is for babies 18 months and younger and each session ends with an open play time.

Toddler and Preschool Storytimes: These storytimes help foster early literary skills through the use of stories, songs, and activities. Both of my sons have been involved in storytime sessions and greatly enjoyed them. Currently storytimes are offered on the FPL website (Note: most occur during the school year from September-May). 

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program: This program emphasizes the benefits of reading to young children. The idea is to read books to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 books total before they begin Kindergarten. A tracking log can be picked up at any Fargo Public Library location to begin.

Other Ongoing Events

Crafternoons: This is a weekly event for children up to age 12, and another program for kids age 11-18. It is a time for kids to create projects with directions given and all materials provided. Pre-registration is required on the FPL website

Trivia for Kids & Teens: These programs are held for ages 6-12, and another program is available for teens and adults. Pre-registration is required and prizes are awarded to the top 3 teams!

Paws for Reading: Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley are available to listen to kids practice their reading skills. This event is for kids in Kindergarten to 6th grade registration is required.

Summer Reading Program: Beginning in June, this program encourages kids to read in the summer months.

The Library hosts a number of other children and family events, and book club offerings and programs for adults. See their calendar to see all they have to offer in the coming months!

For more information contact Children’s Services at (701) 241-1495, visit www.fargolibrary.org/kids, or email [email protected]

West Fargo Public Library

Location: 215 3rd St E

This library is located on a quiet street just off of Main Avenue in West Fargo as part of a Community Center. It is an airy and open two-story library.

Ongoing Events

Story times for babies and toddlers/preschoolers are held regularly during the school year. Check their website calendar for the most current offerings!

Summer Reading Program: This typically runs from June to August and has incentives to get kids reading. Check their website to find out more about this summer’s upcoming programs! 

Little Red Reading Bus: The Little Red Reading Bus delivers the joy of reading to kids across West Fargo and beyond during the summer months. They bring the books and library experience directly to you! Check their website for updates on the Reading Bus schedule this summer!

Moorhead Public Library

Location: 118 5th St S

This library is a Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) and has a lot to offer in a small amount of space. A large portion of the library is dedicated to the Children’s section.

Ongoing Events

Storytime: This is a weekly event where children and caregivers participate in songs, stories, and poems. The theme changes from week to week. See their website calendar for details. 

Not Another Teen Book Club: This book club is geared toward teens and happens once a month.

For more information on Moorhead Public Library happenings visit http://www.larl.org.

Our libraries in Fargo & Moorhead are a great place to play and learn and plus, it’s free! 

Prefer reading on your tablet? Check out the E-Book Resources our libraries in Fargo have to offer!

 

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Leah is a true Midwesterner: born in Minnesota, educated at the University of North Dakota, and living in Fargo since 2009. She has a degree in English and spent years working as a paralegal. Leah is now a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Andrew and Sammy. She spends her free time reading, traveling, and getting a good workout in. She loves learning, music, art, coffee, the oxford comma, and is continually pursuing the elusive goal of having an organized home.

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