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Worth Reading (#wr365) aims to get everyone in Fort Worth reading, learning and having fun – all year long.

A partnership between the library 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 three-month chapters, each with its own activities and prizes. The current chapter runs June 1 – Aug. 31, 2016.

How to Participate

  • Pick up an Activity Card at any Fort Worth Library location – 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 any Fort Worth Library location to receive a Certificate of Completion and an incentive, for example a voucher for admission to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Participants may submit only one Card per day.
  • Each completed Card (five activities) serves as an entry in the grand-prize drawing, so continue submitting completed Cards at any partner location. Each Fort Worth Library location will hold monthly drawings for unique prizes. Grand-prize drawings occur in September, and prizes will be awarded at the annual Celebration.

Schedule

2016 Worth Reading Celebration

Cool off in the pool, jump in the bounce house, and dance to the music of our live DJ. Mayor Betsy Price is scheduled to present the grand prizes to our 2016 Worth Reading winners.

3rd Thursday Jazz Series

Take a musical journey from the early 20th-century roots of jazz to the diverse sounds of today. The series features a dynamic lineup of local and internationally touring artists. (All Ages)

Adult Book Clubs

Join one of our lively book discussion groups and share your love of reading with others! (Adult)

Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series

The Fort Worth Genealogical Society will teach you to research family histories like a professional. (Adult)

Center for Texas Studies at TCU: Community History Workshops

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)

Circuits

This hands-on, self-paced program allows young people to choose from hundreds of projects while they learn the basic principles of electronics. Bits snap together with magnets for foolproof inventing and experimenting. Makey Makey circuit boards turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet for creative play. (Ages 10 - 17)

Computer Literacy Classes

Learn the fundamentals of email, Web surfing, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. (Adult)

Families Reading Together

This FREE five week program promotes a love of reading and family quality time while enhancing reading comprehension and early learning skills. (Families)

Family Movie Fun

Families are invited to bring a blanket and enjoy a free feature length movie. Adults must be accompanied by a child. (Families)

Fast Track to Reading Story Time

Take the driver’s seat in this special story time dedicated to reading and racing! Meet us in the Speedway Charities’ Fast Track to Reading area for stories that celebrate sportsmanship, perseverance, technology and teamwork. (Birth - 5)

Fort Worth Genealogical Society Lectures

This series of educational and enjoyable lectures about genealogy and history is for beginning and experienced researchers for the purpose of promoting interest in exploring family histories. (Adult)

Genealogy Computer Users Group

Through hands-on instruction, the Fort Worth Genealogical Society will teach you how to conduct effective family research with the aid of information technologies and the Internet. (Adult)

Geocaching Family Days

Come learn what the buzz is all about! Meet and mingle with people interested in geocaching. Learn the basics and share your quest stories, geo-tags, photos and the locations of all the area’s best caches. (All Ages)

Homeschool Activity Days at the Library

Designed for families, these programs include book discussions, presentations, crafts and games. (Families)

Hour of Code

Explore the basics of coding in a fun and interactive way. Create a simple design, animation or program from a variety of self-guided activities to start learning about how technology works and how to create software applications. (Teen)

LEGO EV3 Robotics

You can build a robot and bring it to life in this exciting Lego EV3 Robotics class. No experience necessary. Just follow the step-by-step instructions to create robots that use motors as well as color, gyro, ultrasonic and touch sensors to complete a variety of tasks. Registration Required. (Ages 13 – 17 only)

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Exhibit

A visual expression of the history of Latino American life in Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Library Archives participated in the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History* project in Fort Worth through solicitation of donations, as well as loans of records and photographs for the purpose of digitization, to establish the Fort Worth Library’s Latino American Archives. (All Ages)

Let’s Play Ball!

Join us for a look at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games! Learn about the different sports played using a ball. What’s your favorite Olympic sport? (Ages 6 - 12)

Minecraft 360: Build Zone

Join us in the Minecraft 360 Build Zone as we work together in teams or alone to create dazzling buildings, landscapes and biomes in our Minecraft world. Experience the gaming phenomenon “Minecraft” rebuilt for Xbox 360! (Ages 10–17)

Mini-Block Parties

Come play with blocks in ways that develop science, technology, engineering and math skills. Activities provide an environment for experimenting and developing critical thinking skills. (No children over 6; all children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Music Together®

The Music Together® curriculum is an ten-week series that provides a learning environment based on the understanding that children learn through play and that early experiences and social interactions play an important integral role in a child’s development. (Caregivers and children birth to age 4)

Parent Engagement Sessions - Early Childhood Matters

Active parents make a difference in children’s school readiness skills long before they are ready to read. Discover techniques to boost your child’s future success in school and beyond by participating in a 10 week Early Childhood Matters’ series. (Families)

Real(ationships): The Truth behind Teen Dating and Healthy Relationships

This four-week series focuses on the importance of healthy relationships. Topics such as communication, forms of abuse, anger issues, relationship red flags and safety planning will be discussed. Registration Required. (Ages 13 - 17 only)

Shake, Rattle and Read!

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)

TECH Truck

The Perot Museum TECH Truck is a mobile innovation lab dedicated to bringing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) based learning to the DFW area. Outfitted with cutting edge equipment (3D printers, a laser cutter and powerful Dell laptops), it inspires youth to Tinker, Engineer, Create and Hack by exploring low and high-tech, hands-on projects such as coding, robotics, 3D modeling and printing, stop motion animation, stomp rockets, pinhole cameras and laser cutting. (Families)

Tail Waggin’ Tutors – (Therapy Dogs International)

Children are invited to read one-on-one to trained therapy dogs for 10 minutes at a time. This program is designed for children who might have difficulty reading, a speech impediment or just need practice reading aloud. (Ages 5 - 12 only)

Wordslingers

There will be plenty of paranormal activity at the second annual Fort Worth Library Author Series, beginning in September. The library welcomes four popular authors who will walk us down the path they take when writing their fictional favorites. You are sure to leave with some memorable tales. (Adult)

ZUMBA - Family Style

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.

Program Documents

Programs by Branch

Prize Drawings

Check out the monthly & grand prize winners.

The Fort Worth Library's mission is to welcome and support all people in their enjoyment of reading and recreational materials, and their pursuit of learning and information.

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