2023 Red River Valley Kids Read program underway

Public libraries in five communities are bringing the program to area kids

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"Summer Ruins" by Deb Watley is the featured book of the 2023 Red River Valley Kids Read program.
Special to On the Minds of Moms

Kids in grade 3 and above are invited to participate in the 2023 Red River Valley Kids Read program underway this month at area public libraries featuring the book "Summer Ruins" by South Dakota author Deb Watley.

The program kicked off March 1 and runs through April 1, and several book-related events are scheduled for the month:

  • Kids in grades 3 to 7 can participate in "Summer Ruins" book discussion as well as a craft and snack on Tuesday, March 14 at 4 p.m. in the Main Library. Pre-registration is required.
  • Archaeologist and retired professor George Holley will talk about archaeology and lead hands-on activities with artifacts from the region. Registration is not required.
  • Kids in grades 4 to 6 can tour NDSU's Archaeology Lab on Saturday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required and adult participation should be limited to maximize the number of children who can participate.
  • Author Deb Watley will share what she has learned about archaeology as well as how she writes her novel during an author visit on Saturday, April 1 at 2 p.m. at Bonanzaville. After Watley's presentation, guided tours of historical artifacts will be programs.

Kids can also participate in a reading challenge through the Fargo Library's Beanstack app to earn digital badges, according to a press release. For more information about the challenge, visit

The 2023 Red River Valley Kids Read regional program is a partnership between the libraries in Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Grand Forks, and Wahpeton. Grant funding for the program was provided by the Awesome Foundation: Cass Clay.

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