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 Jan. 1 – April 30, 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.
Join the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society as they pay tribute to community pioneers, past and present. There will be a reception in the Gallery immediately following the program. (Adults)
Join one of our lively book discussion groups and share your love of reading with others! (Adult)
The library offers a variety of classes to improve language skills, connect with other Fort Worth residents or study for the GED. (Adults)
Your baby may not be able to 'talk’ yet, but you can still communicate through sign language. We’ll teach you how, and you’ll be amazed at what your baby is able to communicate. (Ages 1 month to 4 years and caregiver)
Local artists Sally Snow and Lorine Williams showcase the beauty of nature and the creative process with a variety of landscapes, portraits, and sculptures. (All Ages)
The Fort Worth Genealogical Society will teach you to research family histories like a professional. (Adult)
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.)
Come enjoy a plant based cooking demonstration designed to teach people of all ages and skill levels how to cook delicious, healthy meals using Blue Zones® food guidelines on a budget. We will then move naturally with a yoga session guided by McKenzie Riepen. (Adults)
The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is proud to partner with the Fort Worth Library to create an exhibit that educates the public on the history of bowling. Displays include unique historical artifacts and images relating to bowling history around the globe. (All Ages)
Learn about the history of the influential women of the Women’s Policy Forum and their upcoming Engines of Change workshops. This organization investigates and supports policies and initiatives that will effect positive change for Tarrant County women and our community. (Adults)
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)
Learn the fundamentals of email, Web surfing, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. (Adult)
Discover the thrill of building a robot and bringing it to life. 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. No experience necessary. Registration Required. (Ages 10 – 17)
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)
This FREE five week program promotes a love of reading and family quality time while enhancing reading comprehension and early learning skills. (Families)
Families are invited to bring a blanket and enjoy a free feature length movie. Adults must be accompanied by a child. (Families)
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)
Find your true purpose – that unique thing that makes you your best. This interactive Blue Zones Project activity and discussion session is used to uncover or re-discover your hidden gifts and talents. As women, we are the 'sheroes’ of our families. It’s very important that we remain focused and living on purpose. Registration Required. (Adults)
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)
Explore paintings, drawings and sculptures created by FWISD students from elementary to high school. (All Ages)
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)
Girls will express themselves through poetry and songs about women in labor and business. (Teens)
Designed for families, these programs include book discussions, presentations, crafts and games. (Families)
In recognition of Black History Month, join us for a literary and musical celebration of Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie. Participants will learn about the lives of jazz giants and experience their music as well as the music of other great jazz musicians. (Ages 3 - 5)
Abolitionist Sojourner Truth may be best remembered in history for her stirring 'Ain’t I a Woman’ speech, but there’s much more to know about the American heroine who started her life as a Dutch speaking slave. Singer, historian and storyteller Catherine Whiteman explores Truth’s journey in the one-woman show, 'Ain’t I a Woman’. (Teens)
Part of Fort Worth’s Human Relations Commission’s Movies That Matter series, this film explores the components of success as seen by female business leaders and celebrates women who have made their vision their reality. (Adults)
Join us for the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission’s quarterly film series to raise awareness of human rights issues. (Adult)
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)
This hands-on, self-paced program allows you to choose from hundreds of projects while learning the basic principles of electronics. littleBits™ pieces 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 8 - 16)
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).
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)
Founded in 1977, by Lenora Rolla, the Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society strives to document the African-American experience in Tarrant County. This exhibit of images from their records reflects community, education, business and political activity. (All Ages)
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)
Christina Winters Gears, Creating & Managing Wealth CEO, discusses the basics of financial security and concerns about the stock market in a simple and easy way. She will also discuss the seven outstanding female investors in this male-dominated field. (Adults)
Discover Rosie the Riveter and the impact of women during World War II. Develop your own ideas with hands-on art, engineering and experimentation. (Teens)
Learn how women from Amelia Earhart to Barbara Jordan to Inderia Ghandhi have influenced history. Understand skills necessary to be a leader and how to recognize leadership skills in others. (Ages 8 - 10)
Sherry Breed of FWISD and Lorette Burns of AB Christian Learning Center discuss the role of education in the lives of young teens. They will be honoring leaders in business, education and communities who serve as role models to young women (Adults)
Enjoy films about real teen girls who have had an impact on history and culture. You can too! (All Ages)
This five-week series provides a gentle introduction into yoga for preschoolers and parents. You’ll learn simple poses, breathing techniques and calming skills combined with early literacy activities. Can be taken in individual class sessions or for the entire series. (Parents and Ages 2 - 5)
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.
- Activity Card 1 - Adult
- Activity Card 2 - Adult
- Activity Card 1 - Teen
- Activity Card 2 - Teen
- Activity Card 1 - Youth
- Activity Card 2 - Youth
- Program Brochure - Fall 2016
Programs by Branch
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.