Worth Reading (#wr365) aims to get everyone in Fort Worth reading, learning and having fun – all year long.
A partnership between the library, Fort Worth ISD and other community organizations, Worth Reading expands and enhances the traditional summer reading program, offering activities and programs at locations throughout the Metroplex.
The program is divided into four-month chapters, each with its own activities and prizes. The current chapter runs Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2014.
How to Participate
- Pick up an Activity Card at any partner location – including all Fort Worth libraries – or download a copy.
- Each time you complete one or more activities, have your card stamped at any partner location.
- The first time you complete at least five different activities, take your Card to a partner location to receive a prize. Prizes are awarded until supplies run out. In addition to a certificate of completion:
- Adults receive a Worth Reading tote bag or button.
- Teens receive a Teen Scene USB bracelet.
- Children under 12 years old receive a pencil and voucher for admission to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. (Children are awarded prizes for each card submitted, not just the first.)
- Each completed Card (five activities) serves as an entry in the grand-prize drawing, so continue submitting completed Cards at any partner location.
Join one of our lively book discussion groups and share your love of reading with others! (Adult)
Come play with blocks in ways that develop science, technology, engineering and math skills. Learn about counting, architecture, gravity, balance, shapes and how to work with others. Activities provide an environment for experimenting and developing critical thinking skills. (No children over 6; all children must be accompanied by an adult.)
Join us for a series of hands-on public workshops designed to increase the community’s historical awareness and teach participants that every person can contribute to preserving the history and culture of North Texas. (Adult)
Acting instructor Sheran Keyton Godspeed leads a complete acting workout. Learn the What? How? and Why? of character development. The class focuses on breathing, theater games, scene selection and preparation. You’ll develop skills in oral language, and voice and bodily expression. (Teen)
Learn the fundamentals of email, Web surfing, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. (Adult)
No entiende? No problema! Learn basic Spanish-language skills to help you communicate in the workplace. This class is specifically designed for adults with little-to-no Spanish speaking ability and covers basic grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, commonly used verbs and everyday concepts. (Adult)
Celebrate the holiday spirit with an afternoon of holiday-themed programs and entertainment for the entire family featuring carriage rides, music, crafts, story times and photos with a live reindeer. (All Ages)
Families are invited to bring a blanket and enjoy a free feature length movie. (Ages 5 and up)
Ever wonder what happens at the library when it’s closed? Join us for a late-afternoon story time, and check in your favorite toy for a sleepover at the library. Your toy will be treated to special activities including reading, crafts and a tour of the library by special guides. (Families)
The First Sunday Film Series showcases the library’s extensive collection of films. We present award-winning movies from a wide range of genres. So get out of the house and join us the first Sunday of each month for an afternoon of film the way it was intended to be experienced — on a big screen. (Adult)
Will you be the ultimate gamer? Bring your a-game and take on the challengers. Pick your favorite game and enter the winner’s circle. The road to victory begins now. (Teen)
Looking for fellow gamers? Well, look no further. We have board, card and video games. Gaming is fun and improves hand-eye coordination, reading and critical-thinking skills. And, of course, it’s a whole lotta fun. Come make friends offline. (Families)
Come learn what the buzz is all about! Meet and mingle with geocachers from all over North Texas. Learn the basics, and share your quest stories, geotags, photos and the locations of the area’s best caches, including FWL’s caches. (All Ages)
These programs, designed specifically for homeschoolers, include arts, crafts, games, book discussions and special presentations. (Families)
The City of Fort Worth built Lake Worth in 1914 as a destination for recreation and entertainment. The lake and its 100-year history are brought to life through a collection of photographs and historical documents. (All Ages)
Join us for the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission's quarterly film series to raise awareness of human rights issues. (Adult)
Laugh, dance and sing yourself silly with the Pipdillys. Two kids trapped in Couch Potato Land are rescued by Super Chef and Vita Girl. This interactive and entertaining program features songs, imagination games, magic and juggling. You’ll learn it’s cool to lead a healthy life! (Ages 5 - 10)
RadioShack has been a technological innovator for more than 90 years. Learn about the company’s history through photographs, corporate documents, scrapbooks and other items of interest. (All Ages)
Take a load off and let that negative energy go. Learn the basic principles of yoga, meditation, deep breathing and essential oils. Developing a calm, relaxed state of mind helps manage stress and cope with the challenges of everyday life. (Teens)
Special story time series for lively children. If your child has always wanted to be loud in the library, then this is the right place. Explore sounds, movements, stories and rhymes – no shushing aloud! (Ages 2 – 5)
Come share your favorite picture books. Listen to new stories and rediscover old favorites during this program that teaches story elements, encourages group interaction and combines reading and creativity with crafts. (Ages 5 - 10)
Join Miss Jacqui for a fun-filled hour of storytelling and activities based on traditional fables and folktales. People of all ages will enjoy this program; don’t miss the opportunity to hear a professional storyteller. And besides, everyone loves Miss Jacqui. (Families)
Children who might have difficulty reading, a speech impediment or just need practice reading aloud are invited to read one-on-one to trained dogs for 10 minutes at a time. (Ages 8 – 12)
Discover the joy of viewing art slowly, deliberately and thoughtfully. Take an in-depth look at selections from the collection as visitors participate in lively discussions and enjoy teatime with fellow art enthusiasts. (Adult)
Learn how to build a motorized LEGO® robot and program it to perform simple tasks. Acquire basic technology and engineering skills through guided instruction. Registration Required. (Teen)
This new artistic trend provides a way to improve concentration by drawing repetitive lines, marks, circles and shapes. You’ll create beautiful pieces of abstract art using a simple step-by-step process. No drawing experience necessary because the process is the focus. (Teens)
What could be more fun than getting in shape while having a dance party? Beginners are welcome; no dancing skills required! (Ages 13 and up)
Become a Partner
Learn more about our partners and how your organization can be a part of Worth Reading.
Programs by Location
- Diamond Hill/Jarvis
- East Berry
- East Regional
- Ella Mae Shamblee
You can pick up your Activity Cards at these locations.
You can pick up and return your Activity Cards at these locations.
Check out the monthly & grand prize winners.