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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 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.

Schedule

Adaptation of Women: ‘Unsung Heroes’ Who Made a Difference in Labor and Business

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)

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)

Baby Sign-n-Speak

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)

Beauty Beyond the Surface

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)

Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series

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

Block Parties

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.)

Blue Zones Project Cooking & Yoga Demonstration

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)

Bowling through History: 5,000 years and counting

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)

Celebrating Women Trailblazers: Women’s Policy Forum 30th Anniversary

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)

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)

Computer Literacy Classes

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

EV3 Robotics

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)

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)

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)

Finding Your Purpose

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)

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)

Fort Worth ISD Art Shows

Explore paintings, drawings and sculptures created by FWISD students from elementary to high school. (All Ages)

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)

Girls Expression Night

Girls will express themselves through poetry and songs about women in labor and business. (Teens)

Homeschool Activity Days at the Library

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

Jazzy Giants

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)

Living Museum: Ain’t I a Woman

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)

Makers: Women in Business

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)

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)

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)

Spring Break Circuitry

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)

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).

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)

Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society: Our Story is a Shared History

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)

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 Creative Side of Financial Planning

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)

We Can Do It! - And So Can You!

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)

Women Who Rocked the World

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)

Women of Xcellence!

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)

Women’s History Month Movie Series

Enjoy films about real teen girls who have had an impact on history and culture. You can too! (All Ages)

Yoga for Littles

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)

ZUMBA

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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