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 four-month chapters, each with its own activities and prizes. The current chapter runs May 1 – Aug. 31, 2017.

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

21st Century Learning STEM Camp for Kids

Join us for this three-day, half-day camp to learn the engineering design process and create a project that meets a need, solves a problem or creates a product. Each team of 8 -10 students will work with two educators to complete their project. The 21st Century STEM Showcase will give students an opportunity to present their project to families and friends on the last day of the camp. Registration Required. (Ages 6 - 13)

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)

A Home for Everyone

A home is as special and unique as the people who live there. Learn about the different types of homes and why they are so important. Get a chance to design your own dream home. (Ages 6 - 12)

Adult Book Clubs

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

Adult Classes

The library offers a variety of classes to improve language skills, connect with other Fort Worth residents or study for the GED. (Adults)

All About the Orchestra

What’s one of the sweetest sounds in music? The orchestra of course! Accomplished violinist, Stephanie L. Sunder, introduces participants to the instruments from the orchestra and discusses how they are arranged into sections. Attendees will then learn to imitate the sounds and create their own 'orchestra'. (Ages 6 - 12)

Baby Sign and Speak

Sign language is the most natural way to communicate with your baby or toddler. We speak with our bodies before ever verbalizing a single word, so why not learn these cues and keep your baby away from the blues. (Ages 1 month to 4 years and caregiver)

Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series

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

Book Scavenger Hunt

Pick up a scavenger hunt list from the front desk of the community center. Read a book by a Texas author, a book set in the wilderness, a book with a red spine and a book with pictures. Turn in your scavenger hunt list at the end of the summer for a chance to win prizes. (All Ages)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth

All programming provides an enriching and engaging summer program and is designed to help impact members in a way that helps to prevent summer learning loss, encourage healthy activities, and provide consistent outlets for leadership and character development. Attendees will rotate through programming areas including game room, gymnasium/outdoor facility, education/computer lab and cultural enrichment area and work on activities that provide positive impact while encouraging fun. Fees apply. Registration Required. (Ages 6 - 18)

Build Your World!

Who can build the tallest, longest and most creative tower? Using critical thinking and inventiveness, make unique structures from a variety of materials including Kiva blocks, Manga-tiles and JIX connectors. Ambitious and intricate or unique and simple – only the truly creative will emerge victorious! (Teen)

CDF Freedom Schools®

The CDF Freedom Schools® program seeks to build strong, literate and empowered children by helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps. The program boosts student motivation to read, positive attitudes towards learning and self-esteem. Fees may apply. Registration Required. (Ages 6 - 13)

Camp Fort Worth

School may be out, but the fun and learning doesn’t have to stop. Enroll your children in Camp Fort Worth and let them discover new skills and friendships. The Camp Fort Worth program is full of challenging and creative activities. Each day promises nonstop fun and excitement. Fees apply. Registration Required. (Ages 5 - 13)

Camp YES!

Clayton Youth Enrichment Services provides a summer day camp of fun and exciting daily activities and field trips. This year also features specialty camps - Martial Arts, Cooking, Photography, Theater, Travel, Science, Art. Fees apply. Registration Required. (Ages 5 -12)

Computer Literacy Classes

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

Creative Writing for Teens

Tired of waiting around for a good book? Think reading isn’t for you? Start writing and developing scenes for your own epic story! No prior experience necessary, awaken the writer in you! Registration encouraged. (Teens)

Dangerous Edison’s Magnificent Traveling Science Emporium: Build A Better World with Science

Explore hard-to-believe chemical reactions and physics right in front of your eyes. Dangerous Edison will leave you thinking, “Did he really just do that?” Family-friendly fun and rock solid learning come together when you get dangerous. (Ages 6 - 17)

Diamond Hill Station - Camp Expedition

The camp curriculum includes Social Emotional Learning and Academic Enrichment through hands-on learning, projects, outdoor activities and weekly field trips. This summer’s theme is Time Travel and students will investigate various eras from the Stone Age to the Future. They will learn the culture, customs, architecture and inventions of each time period through student-led group projects and STEM activities. Fees apply. Registration Required. (Ages 4 - 12).

Discovery Zone

A fun filled hour for preschoolers and their parent to work together reading and storytelling. Bonding over arts and crafts, and simple sports games designed to improve movement and coordination. Registration required and fees apply. (Ages 3 - 6 and caregivers)

Early Childhood Matters

It’s no secret that active parents have a huge impact on a child’s readiness to succeed in school. But what can a parent do to help their child succeed? Discover techniques to boost your child’s future success in school and beyond. (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)

From Cowboy to Doughboy North Texas in WWI: Mobilization for 'The Great War'

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the U. S. entering “the Great War,” which later became known as WWI. The war introduced Texas to the world and the world to Texas and neither would ever be the same again. Many aspects of that conflict are still with us, hidden by 100 years of development and progress. The exhibit’s goal is to build awareness of the war across North Texas and connect many generations into a broader discussion of how WWI impacted our communities then and continues to impact them today. (All Ages)

From Cowboy to Doughboy North Texas in WWI: Mobilization for The Great War

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the U. S. entering “the Great War,” which later became known as WWI. From July to October, visit the library to see how war introduced Texas to the world and the world to Texas and how neither would ever be the same again. (Adult)

From the Sorting Hat to the House Cup: A Salute to All Things Harry Potter

Hogwarts is out for the summer! Celebrate the birthdays of Harry Potter and author J.K. Rowling with games, crafts, movies, and more. Wizards and muggles of all ages are invited to attend what is sure to be a magically good time!

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)

Grow as We Go

Every living organism grows and changes during its life . . . it’s called the life cycle. Learn about the life cycle through fun stories, games and a craft. (Ages 6 - 12)

Homeschool Activity Days at the Library

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

International Geocaching Day: Family Celebration

Celebrate International Geocaching Day with a family-friendly event for both caching experts and newbies. There will be fun activities including a photo booth, trackables tables and make-your-own-swag crafts. Cachers will get to know each other and share quest stories, geo tags, photos and the locations of all the area’s best caches. Join us for fun, friends, and prizes! (Families)

Itsy Bitsy Babies for Mothers and Others

During this five week series presented by Early Childhood Specialist, Dr. James Thomas, parents learn to read, sign, sing and play in ways to aid their infants’ development. (1 – 12 months and Caregivers; no older siblings)

It’s a Small World

Travel around the world with us. Each day children will make a flag, do a craft, read a story and lots more. Who knows, they may learn to say “please” and “thank you” in another language. Registration required and fees apply. (Ages 4 - 6)

Landscapes and Other Strange Things

Aron Williams’s landscape paintings range from representational to the abstract. By using twine and reclaimed construction materials, he offers the viewer a sculptural element to his real and imagined landscapes. (All Ages)

Library Feud

Cheer on your friends, family and community members as they compete in Library Feud! Pick your favorite team and play along in the audience. You’re sure to have a great time and learn fun facts. (Families)

Literacy Time

Each week, attendees participate in literacy activities such as nature journaling, spelling games and buddy reading. Many of the activities with incorporate walks through the park. Registration required. (Ages 5 -13)

Locked in the Library: An Escape Challenge

Do you like puzzles and riddles? Join us for a thrilling escape as teams work together to break codes and solve challenges using locks, invisible ink and more! Children, teens and families are welcome.

Maker Studio

Maker Studio is a pop-up space located in Innovation Studios designed to give guests ages 8 and up an opportunity to engage with local Makers and have hands-on making experiences focused on STEAM. (Ages 6 - 17)

Mobile REC Camp

The Mobile REC Summer Day Camp program is a collaboration with the Fort Worth Independent School District. The program provides daily enrichment, recreational and cultural activities throughout the summer months. Activities include Puppet Theater, Worth Reading and Reading/Science journaling. Fees apply. Registration Required. (Ages 5 - 14)

Movies That Matter

Join us for the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission's quarterly film series to raise awareness of human rights issues. (Adult)

Munchkins Day Out

Every day with a toddler can be an adventure, but what’s more exciting than a big day out with your little one? Games, activities, arts & crafts, puppet shows, and story time designed specifically for your little one! The objective is to enhance motor skills, interactive play with peers, and literacy. Registration required and fees apply. (Ages 2 - 4)

Museum School

For more than 66 years, Museum School has been opening young minds to a world of natural wonder. Museum School offers informal, discovery-based science and history classes that are enriched with Museum specimens or artifacts, creative activities, science investigations and other hands-on explorations. Fees apply. Registration Required. (Ages 3 - 9)

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. **Class is Full** (Birth - 4 and caregiver)

Nathalia: Bilingual Kids’ Music

Nathalia uses a creative bilingual approach to engage families in a fun-filled musical concert. Using space exploration, dinosaurs and cruising down the Amazon River, her infectious original songs will have everyone singing, dancing and maybe even learning a little Spanish, in this multi-cultural experience! (Ages 6 - 12)

Panther Lab - Makerspace

Gather with others to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials at this creative space known as the Panther Lab. From 3D printers, robotics, iMacs to a virtual reality headset and a green screen, this space opens endless possibilities to your imagination. (All Ages)

Pre-School Discovery Club

Preschoolers and their adult companions are invited to discover the exciting world of nature. Each month, participants are introduced to the natural world through interactive games, stories, crafts and outdoor exploration. Fees apply. Registration Required. (Ages 3 - 5)

Project Transformation

Project Transformation’s summer day camp programs for elementary students focus on enriching the mind, body and spirit and places a unique focus on improving literacy and social-emotional development. Each day, children read one-on-one with community volunteers and participate in activity-based literacy intervention. Children also participate in daily enrichment activities including recreational play and exercise, creative arts, and interaction with our young adult interns and community volunteers, who inspire and encourage youth daily to make responsible, sound decisions. Fees apply. Registration Required. (Ages 6 - 12)

Reading and Creative Writing

Pre-schoolers and their parents spend time together with the written word includes reading, rhyming, poetry and story-telling. Registration required and fees apply. (Ages 3 - 6 and caregivers)

Recycle Right!

This fast-paced, hands-on sorting exercise will show you how to 'recycle right' in no time. See how recycling conserves our natural resources and reduces waste that goes to a landfill. (Ages 6 - 12)

Salutes

The Armor Bearer presents a salute to mothers, fathers, veterans and America with a collection of pieces by local artists. Exhibit includes a treasure hunt activity. (All Ages)

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)

Stars and Stories

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. Limited seating available. (Ages 2 - 7).

Story Time at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Are you ready for a summer vacation? Then Story Time at the Amon Carter is the place to be!(Caregivers and children 8 and under)

Sunrise Early Learning & Development Center

Sunrise provides a combination of fully organized complete literacy programs, games, songs and free playtime that encourage children to play and interact in small or large groups. The Academic programs encourage students to develop skills in all areas of development while learning basic skills from our inclusive curriculum programs which also incorporate STEM, Spanish and music. (Ages 6 weeks - 12)

TECH Truck

The Perot Museum TECH Truck is a mobile innovation lab dedicated to bringing STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning to audiences around the Metroplex. Explore high and low tech with hands-on projects intended to inspire youth to Tinker, Engineer, Create and Hack. Registration Required. (Ages 6 - 17)

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. (For readers ages 6 - 16)

Teen Time

If you're looking for a place to hang out, play games, make crafts or have a great time with friends, come to teen time. Activities vary every week but a good time is guaranteed! (Teen)

The Parenting Center: Parenting the Strong-Willed Child

Do you feel like your child is always challenging you? The Parenting Center of Fort Worth teaches parents about the different temperament traits and how they relate to the strong-willed child. The class also covers how parent temperament and parenting style affect child behavior, effective and respectful discipline techniques and ways to nurture the child’s positive qualities. Registration required. (Adults)

UNT Health Science Center Presents The Microbes that Call You Home

Did you know you are home to trillions of tiny living things called microbes? Some are good and some are bad. Come learn about these little creatures by reading 'Sick Simon' and get some helpful tips from Inside Your Insides. (Ages 6 - 12)

United Community Centers

United Community Centers’ Educational Enrichment Program focuses on balanced literacy during this all day program for low-income families. The program provides students with the skills to become independent, thoughtful and inquisitive readers and writers. Students participate in a two-hour balanced literacy program in the morning and math, social studies, science and arts and crafts in the afternoon. Fees apply. Registration is required. (Ages Pre-K - 13)

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.