Summer Reading Programs in Fargo & Moorhead | 2023

Summer reading in Fargo.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 5 – August 26, 2023

This year’s theme is “All Together Now,” 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.

Lake Agassiz (Moorhead-Dilworth) Public Library

Dates: June 1 – July 31, 2023

The summer library experience is “Express Yourself!” 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 and check out summer events on their website.

(View the Book Truck schedule here.)

West Fargo Public Library

Dates: June 1 – July 31, 2023

Summer Boost is back for 2023, with the “All Together Now” reading challenge happening June 1 – July 31, 2023! 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 now 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!

Other Fun Reading Ideas:

Check out a list of Little Free Library locations using this Map!

Summer Reading Bingo (find one online or create your own!)

Book swaps with friends

Create a reading spot outside using an inflatable pool, blankets, and pillows!

Check out our post here for other great library resources!

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