Explore, Learn, and Grow

children working together

The Children's Library is a place adventure, learning, growing, and exploring for curious little minds. The Children's library is a staple in early literacy in Grand Forks and we take pride in the recurring programming we offer.


There is nothing like storytime anywhere else in Grand Forks! Storytime include picture books, puppet shows, music, and activities geared for different age groups. Each storytime lasts about 20 minutes. We offer three regular storytimes, for babies on Wednesdays at 10am, for toddlers on Thursdays at 10am, and for preschoolers on Tuesdays at 10am.

Chess Club

Does your child want o learn how to play chess? Play and learn with other kids to improve their game and build friendships in the process. Chess Club meets on select Sundays each month from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Check the calendar and home page for dates/times.

Garden Club

This summer club is open to children in K - 6 grade, no sign up required! The club is meant to spark interest in gardening, nutrition, and the environment. The club is s wonderful hands-on learning opportunity, plus we get to dig in the dirt! Garden Club meets only during the summer months, watch the library calendar and social media for updates on the coming season.


The Reading Educational Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program at the Grand Forks Public Library started in May of 2008. The program provides opportunities for young readers to experience the support and encouragement of a R.E.A.D. dog. The R.E.A.D. program targets children up to grade five who are struggling or reluctant readers. Reading to a dog allows for a relaxed, non-threatening environment and is shown to boost confidence and self-esteem. The R.E.A.D. dogs are generally here the second Sunday of every month at 2:00 p.m., watch the library calendar and social media for updates on when the READ Dogs will be here each month.

STEM@My Library

STEM@ My Library events are done in partnership with The Dakota Science Center. They run about an hour and are focused on a central theme. Educators, university students, faculty, and volunteers share STEM education with children. Hands-on activities and a topic related handout and book/DVD list are provided. The activities are parent directed so that parents can do the activities with their children. Volunteers are there to help inspire children to take interest in STEM fields.

NASA@My Library

The NASA@ My Library initiative engages public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. The GF Public Children's Library has partnered with the Dakota Science Center to bring these activities to the GF Public Library. The events usually run about an hour and are aligned with the Grand Forks Public School Early Out Wednesdays. Check the library calendar or social media for upcoming events.

Summer & Winter Reading Programs

The GF Public Children's Library offers both summer and winter reading programs. Each of the programs are designed to encourage reading in children. The programs include reading challenges, activity sheets, and reading logs that can be turned in for prizes. Our summer reading program includes several additional events and celebrations. The programs are generously sponsored by local businesses and organizations. Check the library calendar, social media, or subscribe to our monthly newsletter for announcements of program dates.

Minecraft Mania

Minecraft mania is an hour dedicated to Minecraft and the adventures that lie within. There is no registration or sign up required for this monthly event. Minecraft mania is held the last Thursday of each month from 4pm to 5pm. Check the library calendar for specific dates.