Summer Reading Programs in Fargo & Moorhead | 2024

Get the scoop on summer reading programs in Fargo & Moorhead!

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With summer right around the corner, it’s valuable to know what opportunities our kids have to check out books and participate in summer reading programs in Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead.

As a school library media specialist, I can tell you how important it is for our kids to read or be read to, consistently (shoot for 20 minutes per day). With nice weather and possibly more flexible schedules; there will be some fun things to help create some excitement around summer reading.

Things to Consider

Read inside or outside. Re-read the same books, or tackle a series. Listen to audio-books. Graphic novels, chapter or picture books…every choice is a good choice as long as the child is enjoying what they are reading or listening to. Watching animated stories can be great for our younger readers (they can follow along with and learn new words), but make sure your kid(s) are reading (and handling) print books as well. This is especially true for toddlers.

Below are links to all of the local public libraries’ programs, and other ideas to keep your kids reading throughout the summer months (plus win prizes!). *Some public school libraries are also offering limited checkout hours, which they will communicate to their school’s families. 

Summer Reading Programs in Fargo & Moorhead

Fargo Public Library 

Dates: June 3 – August 17, 2024

This year’s theme is “Adventure Begins at Your Library,” and encourages readers of all ages to get out there and read, track their hours, and earn prizes! Pre-registration opens May 22nd, and can be done on the Fargo Public Library website and is through an app called Beanstack.

How it works: simply log your reading hours into Beanstack to earn a spin on the prize wheel at the library! If you read for 40 days throughout the summer, you earn a prize book. PLUS there are weekly drawings for fun prizes that you are automatically entered to win when you log your reading each week!

Lake Agassiz (Moorhead-Dilworth) Public Library

Dates: June 1 – July 31, 2024

The summer library experience is “3, 2, 1 Blast Off For An Exciting Summer!” This is a program for all ages. Read to win prizes and get creative with fun events at the library. Visit the library to pick up a reading log (or download on their website) and check out summer events on their website.

They also have a Book Truck! Find it at community events, assisted living centers, neighborhoods, and more around Moorhead and Dilworth. (View the Book Truck schedule here.)

West Fargo Public Library

Dates: June 1 – July 31, 2024

Summer Boost is back for 2024, with the “Eras of Adventure” reading challenge happening June 1 – July 31! Ages 0 – 5 are encouraged to practice early literacy skills to earn prizes, while ages 6 and up track reading hours to earn rewards. Hours are tracked through Beanstack.

Little Red Reading Bus

The Little Red Reading Bus is also operated by the West Fargo Public Library! It has an updated route schedule you can view here. Find one of their regular stops to read and check out books, all while playing at a local park!

Barnes & Noble Reading Challenge

Dates: July 1 – August 31, 2024

For kids in grades 1-6, read any 8 books this summer and complete the Barnes & Noble Reading log. Return to your local Barnes & Noble store in Fargo between July 1 and August 31 and pick your free book!

Camp Book-It

Dates: June-August 2024

Open to ages 4-12, this reading program encourages readers to read, log their time, and work towards winning free pizza!

Red River Valley Fair Reading Challenge 

Dates: Now through June 7th. 

Open to kids ages 6-11, read 10 books and list them on the Red River Valley Fair reading log and turn in by June 9, 2024. Prizes include a ribbon bookmark and one gate entry pass to the fair. See their website for full details!

Other Helpful Reading Resources:

Libraries in Fargo & Moorhead (events and other details)

Little Free Libraries in Fargo & Moorhead

Bookstores in Fargo & Moorhead

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How are you keeping up the reading in the coming months? Share with us below!

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Still need more summer ideas?

Click on the image below to see out Ultimate Guide to Summer, or visit any of the articles below!

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Nikki Hillman
Nikki is a mom to five (two living, three angels), wife, educator, library media specialist, high-school coach, writer, church go-er, and beer drinker. Born and raised in western North Dakota (where the buffaloes literally roam), she now lives just outside of Horace, ND. Nikki will always be a small-town girl at heart, but loves experiencing Fargo area events; including sporting events, bars, breweries + wineries, restaurants, and shops.



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