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 September 1 – December 31, 2015.
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 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.
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)
Which apps will make your life easier and more fun? We’ll take a look at the next big thing in apps. Bring your own device or borrow one of ours. (Ages 13 and up)
Join one of our lively book discussion groups and share your love of reading with others! (Adult)
Interested in learning about American art, but don’t know where to start? Join the Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s gallery teachers for an interactive introduction to Stuart Davis (1892–1964). (Teen)
At Art Lab you can create something new with no pressure or expectations. Make original artwork by challenging your imagination with a variety of materials and techniques. Bring your creativity and we’ll supply the rest. (Teen)
Come play with blocks in ways that develop science, technology, engineering and math skills. Learners will be exposed to basic concepts in architecture, gravity, and balance, while learning shapes and numbers. Collaborative 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)
The library and the Cliburn will host a free performance by pianist Peter Klimo. (All Ages)
Learn the fundamentals of email, Web surfing, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. (Adult)
Bring the entire family and join the fun with an afternoon of holiday themed programs and entertainment featuring music, crafts, story times and photos with a live reindeer. (All Ages)
Join the fun and become a preschool paleontologist. Young readers will uncover a dino-rific story time with dinosaur games, reading, music and crafts. (Pre-K)
Sus hijos disfrutarán y aprenderán sobre paleontología en esta Hora de Cuentos llena de diversión con juegos, música y manualidades. (Pre-K)
Families are invited to bring a blanket and enjoy a free feature length movie. Adults must be accompanied by a child. (Ages 5 and up)
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)
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)
Let your inner star shine by acting out the different ways we use water every day. Also, learn how to conserve this precious resource. (Ages 8 - 10)
Photographs, documents, and artifacts illustrate the history of Hazel Vaughn Leigh’s work with the Fort Worth Boys’ Club. (All Ages)
Designed for families, these programs include book discussions, presentations, crafts and games. (Families)
Designed for beginners, this program interactively explores the basics of coding while empowering teens for the future. Sessions are either instructional or free time for exploration. (Teen)
In the 21st century, libraries are about much more than books. Join the Library and Texas Wesleyan University in celebrating games and libraries. (Ages 13 and up)
During this five-week series, parents learn to read, sign, sing and play with children in ways aiding the infants’ development. (1 – 12 months and Caregivers; no older siblings)
Three visual artists explore the liminal space of the U.S.-Mexico border and envision the capacity and nature of borders in a broader scope. (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)
These collages create a micro-narrative from posters, books and drawings. The landscape features familiar but unrecognizable forms, generating pulp sensations of seduction, unease and climactic tension. The works are a conscious acceptance of colliding images and ideas. (All Ages)
Have you ever wondered what makes a paper airplane fly? Lift, thrust, drag and gravity are major forces that determine whether it’s a successful flight. Come learn the science behind making paper airplanes take off, and create the best design to win a prize. (Ages 10 - 17)
Michelle is the author of Disenchanted and Disgruntled and Irony and Irreverence. Her books are full of humor and political satire and are not your everyday expected poetry. (Ages 13 and up)
With the help of a trained instructor, children and their adult caregivers meet weekly to read and discuss award-winning children’s books. The program encourages critical thinking and helps children understand the connections between stories and real-life situations. Taught in English and Spanish. Registration Required. (Ages 6 - 10)
How can you ensure your child will become a responsible adult? This bilingual class reveals how responsibility is learned and its developmental stages. Parents also examine ways to empower their children. (Adults)
Digital divide or useful tool? The wireless age has added a new dimension to parenting. Join us for an informative session and learn how to keep your preteens and teens safe while still enjoying the benefits of technology. (Adults)
Returning to school is super for some but stressful for others. Share and learn strategies for addressing mornings, bedtime and homework. Learn how to involve children in activities while avoiding the stress and strain of taking on too much. (Adults)
Discover the thrill of building a robot and bringing it to life. By following step-by-step instructions you can 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)
This sensory-rich story time is for all children and especially children with sensory processing disorders. Exploration is encouraged through hands-on play and movement activities, such as bringing books to life with props and music and interacting with carnival-style games. (All ages)
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)
Complete hands-on experiments and learn the basics of circuits during this self-paced program. Participants can create a flying saucer, musical doorbell, AM radio, burglar alarm and hundreds of other technology and engineering projects. Registration Required (Ages 5 - 7)
Is technology hurtful or helpful to little ones? The answers can be varying and complex. Learn about healthy screen time for kids from birth through kindergarten, as well as what apps are best for development and learning. (Families)
Storyteller and artist Eric Villarreal presents Spanish legends La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) and The Storyteller’s Candle. (Ages 5 - 10)
Eric Villareal, narrador y artista, presenta las leyendas “La Llorona”(The Weeping Woman) y “La vela del Narrador.” (5-10 años)
Create artwork with your own spin on it. Designing and decorating just got more interesting because you never know what the finished piece will be with this technique. (Teen)
This exhibit features a wide variety of wildlife and still life, plus portraits and abstract pieces of art. The mixed media works include paintings, photographs and sculptures. (All Ages)
Travel with your imagination at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Noble Planetarium. Enjoy an out-of-this-world story time and a child-friendly presentation. Get free admission by completing a Worth Reading activity card. Limited seating available. (Ages 2 - 12).
Experience the wonder of a book presented by a delightful fairy godmother. Following the interactive reading, children will grasp new vocabulary words through song, dance, theater, drumming, visual art and puppets. Parents will be provided with resources to engage children in fun activities using everyday household items. Registration Required. (Families)
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. This activity is intended solely for children ages 5 - 12.
What is there for teens to do in Fort Worth? Come to Teen Time to hang out, unwind, play games, read or have a great time with friends! (Ages 13 - 17)
The library welcomes four popular authors who will walk us down the path they take when writing their fictional favorites. You’ll get to meet face-to-face with some of your favorite writers, hear about their amazing life experiences, and get valuable advice on penning a book of your own. (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)
Join us as we celebrate the conclusion of the summer chapter filled with fun, Superhero activities. (All Ages)
Alex Sanchez, an immigrant from Mexico to Texas, is the critically acclaimed author of eight award-winning books for teens. Come hear his inspiring presentation on growing up gay, overcoming challenges, being true to yourself, becoming a writer and how you too can change the world. (Teen)